Jrue Holiday Selected to First All-Star Game

Jrue Holiday Selected to First All-Star Game

Congrats are in order for Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday who will make his first All-Star Game appearance this season after being selected among the East reserves, according to Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski and CSN's John Finger.

Jrue's play for the Sixers has been one of the lone bright spots in a somewhat disappointing season. It's not that the team as a whole isn't playing up to its potential on a nightly basis, it's more that without Andrew Bynum, they're simply not a very good basketball team.

Still, Andre Iguodala barely earning a spot in last year's ASG ended a drought of All-Star-less Sixers team's dating back to the days of Allen Iverson. This could hopefully be the first of many more trips to the All-Star Game for Jrue as the Sixers star leader.

While some of his advanced stats weren't sparkling, most believed Jrue to be deserving of one of the final guard spots on the roster, especially with Brooklyn's Deron Williams having something off an off season thus far.

The Sixers commented via a statement:

“On behalf of our entire organization, I would like to congratulate Jrue Holiday on being named a member of the 2013 NBA Eastern Conference All-Star team,” said Sixers Managing Owner Josh Harris. “We are extremely proud of Jrue and consider him to be one of the cornerstones of our franchise and also one of the NBA’s bright young stars. We look forward to seeing him represent the Sixers and our fans during All-Star weekend.”

Kudos to Jrue. And we look forward to watching him do his thing among the game's best in a few weeks.

Temple surrenders late lead in 81-74 loss to No. 20 Cincinnati

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Temple surrenders late lead in 81-74 loss to No. 20 Cincinnati

BOX SCORE

CINCINNATI -- Kyle Washington scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half, rallying No. 20 Cincinnati to its ninth straight win, 81-74 over Temple on Wednesday night.

The Bearcats (16-2, 6-0 American Athletic) trailed by six points before Washington made two one-handed shots during a decisive 17-5 run that put them ahead to stay. Cincinnati led by as many as 13 points.

The Bearcats extended their best winning streak in three seasons and completed a series sweep of the Owls (10-10, 1-6), who were sloppy with the ball.

Troy Caupain had 18 points for the Bearcats, including seven free throws in the closing minutes.

Shizz Alston, Jr., led Temple with 25 points for the second game in a row, matching his career high.

Obi Enechionyia made a 3-pointer, a dunk and a 15-foot jumper as Temple opened a six-point lead at the start of the second half, its biggest of the game. Washington then led the decisive run by scoring on two shots near the basket.

Big picture
Temple: The Owls have been prone to bad first halves, but that wasn't the case this time. They led 28-26 at the break despite having nine turnovers and no offensive rebounds.

Cincinnati: The Bearcats have won their last 19 home games, their longest such streak since taking 19 in a row from March 2, 2013 through Feb. 15, 2014. Their last home loss was 77-70 to Temple in their league opener last season.

Poll implications
A ragged win over a struggling Temple team won't much help the Bearcats. They don't play a currently ranked team until next week, when they host crosstown rival Xavier, which is ranked No. 22.

Up next
The Owls have a week off before hosting Memphis next Wednesday. They split their series last season, with each team winning at home.

The Bearcats play at Tulane on Saturday. They beat Tulane 92-56 at home on Jan. 1.