Philadelphia 76ers Tell 'Em: Hawks Downed 90-76 in Best Win of Season

Philadelphia 76ers Tell 'Em: Hawks Downed 90-76 in Best Win of Season

Well, it probably won't make the Lead on SportsCenter or anything, but
the Sixers got their most legit win of the season tonight at the Wells
Fargo Center, beating the 11-4 Atlanta Hawks by a score of 90-76. Things
were looking pretty dire for the Liberty Ballers after a first half
shooting under 40% and trailing by as much as 11, but they clamped down
in the third, allowing a season-best 10 points in the third and running
out to a seven-point lead at quarter's end that they never relinquished.
The Hawks waved the white flag with their scrub unit with three minutes
to go, and the Sixers cruised to a suddenly easy victory.

The
game ball certainly goes to Jrue Holiday, having a nice bounce-back game
after a rough performance against the Nuggets, scoring 16 points on
6-16 shooting, but handing out 11 assists, including a beautiful
alley-oop to Andre Iguodala [watch the oop video here] that helped propel the team's second-half
run. Thaddeus Young also had his second 20-point game in a row, scoring
20 on 8-11 shooting, while Elton Brand posted a double-double with ten
points and a season-high 16 rebounds. On the other side of the ball,
Iguodala played his trademark smothering defense on Joe Johnson, holding
him to just eight points on eight shots in 31 minutes of action.

The
win is probably the biggest for the team this young season, not just
because the Hawks have the best record of any Sixers opponent, but
because it was a hard-fought win right after the biggest loss of the
season, and because it was in front of the home fans at a respectably
filled and very appreciative WFC, who now have a reason to come back on
Friday Nights in the future besides the prospect of free Big Macs.

Our man Enrico was at the game and will be by in a minute with a fuller
report, but in the meantime, let's hear it for the Sixers, taking care
of business before heading out to Miami for that first-round rematch. At
the very least, they know they can play tomorrow with a big win in
their back pocket, knowing this test stretch won't be completely in
vain.

Instant Replay: Temple 86, Tulane 76 (2OT)

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Instant Replay: Temple 86, Tulane 76 (2OT)

BOX SCORE

Temple snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday with an 86-76 double-overtime win over Tulane on Senior Day at the Liacouras Center.

Shizz Alston Jr. scored a putback layup with eight seconds left in regulation to even the Owls with the Green Wave at 65 and send the game to OT. In the first OT, Alston made two free throws with five seconds left to put Temple up, 71-68. But Tulane rolled the ball up the court and Malik Morgan made a deep three as time expired to send it to double OT.

The Owls (15-15, 6-11 AAC) scored seven quick points in just under two minutes in the second overtime that put them up 78-71, a lead Tulane (5-23, 2-14) could not recover from.

Turning point
The Owls jumped out to a 17-4 lead early in the first 4:25 of the game and had a 35-28 lead over Tulane at halftime. They looked to be in control for most of the game until the Green Wave outscored them, 19-11, to take a 47-46 lead with 11:31 left in the second half.

In the second OT, however, Temple outscored Tulane, 15-5, to seal the win.

Big men on campus
The Owls were led by by Alston's 25 points (10 for 10 at the free-throw line), eight rebounds and six assists. Senior Daniel Dingle had 13 points and eight rebounds. Mark Williams, another senior, had 20 points and six rebounds after fouling out in the second OT. Junior forward Obi Enechionyia added 14 points.

Tulane was led by junior Cameron Reynolds, who scored a team-high 21 points.

Inside the box score
• The Owls shared the ball well with 17 assists, compared to just eight by Tulane.

• Temple led for 42:23 of game time, with 13 being its largest lead in the first half.

History lesson
The Owls move on to 7-2 all-time against Tulane, winning six straight in the series.

Up next
Temple will end its season on the road at USF next Sunday afternoon.

Tulane will stay on the road and play at Memphis on Friday.

Ilya Bryzgalov warns Flyers fans to bring speedos to Heinz Field

Ilya Bryzgalov warns Flyers fans to bring speedos to Heinz Field

The last time the Flyers were in an outdoor game, Ilya Bryzgalov was drinking from a thermos on the bench while Sergei Bobrovsky started against the Rangers five years ago.

Fast forward to Saturday night. Bryzgalov is out of the NHL, Bobrovsky has himself in the conversation for his second Vezina Trophy in Columbus, and the Flyers face off against the  Penguins at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh in a Stadium Series game … weather permitting.

The weather is expected to cooperate tonight, though. The forecast called for rain today and temperatures in the 50s, but it hasn't rained much. The temperature is expected to drop into the 40s and 30s, and may even hit a lot of 28, according to Weather.com.

Don't tell Bryzgalov that. "Bryz" took to Twitter to offer advice for Flyers and Penguins fans attending the Stadium Series match tonight.

You don't need no stinkin' thermos.

If you're not following Bryzgalov on Twitter, you should click that follow button now. He's always an entertaining follow.