Allen's offensive rebounding pushes Sixers past Bobcats

Allen's offensive rebounding pushes Sixers past Bobcats
February 10, 2013, 12:15 am
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• The Sixers held the opposition under 90 points for the fifth game in a row. They are 4-1 over that stretch. 

• Lavoy Allen also had a season-high with 14 points. The last time a Sixer had at least 14 points and 22 rebounds in a game was March 20, 2009 when Sam Dalembert posted 14 and 23.

• Evan Turner scored 16 points on 7-for-17 shooting to go with 10 rebounds. In his previous five games, Turner scored just 20 points and shot 9 for 36. Turner also collected his 10th double-double of the season. He had seven combined double-doubles during his first two seasons.

• Ramon Sessions came off the bench to lead the Bobcats with 20 points. Episcopal Academy alum Gerald Henderson scored 13 points on 4-for-12 shooting while South Jersey native Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had two points during a 1-for-6 night.

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When there are 115 missed shots in an NBA game, there are going to be a lot of opportunities for someone to grab a whole bunch of rebounds. Fortunately for the 76ers, Lavoy Allen was there to catch the ball.

Allen had a career-high and team season-high 22 rebounds in Saturday night’s 87-76 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats (see Instant Replay). It’s the first time a Sixers player had at least 20 boards in a game since Sam Dalembert did it in a loss to the Knicks on Jan. 13, 2010.

Allen’s effort was the 10th 22-rebound game in the NBA this season, but only one other player — Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao — had more than 11 offensive rebounds in a game this season. Allen grabbed 11 offensive boards against the Bobcats, which helped him get 14 points.

“All I did was put my hands up,” Allen said. “I wasn’t doing anything special.”

Then again, rebounding has always come natural for Allen, whose big night helped the Sixers improve to 22-27. Allen set the school record for most rebounds in a career while at Temple, breaking John Baum’s record that stood for 42 years.

When Allen joined the Sixers, he averaged 10 rebounds per 36 minutes and flirted with a few double-doubles during last season's playoff run. However, Allen never really had too many games where he racked up the rebounds.

That is, until Saturday night.

Allen’s effort stood out most on the offensive glass. Because the Sixers rarely get to the foul line, the extra possessions on offense added up.

“Lavoy was sensational,” coach Doug Collins said. “He gave us 11 offensive rebounds, which allowed us to get 93 shots. That’s critical for us because we don’t get to the free-throw line so we need a lot of shots.”

According to Allen, there’s a method to generating offense on the offensive glass. Whenever Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner or even Nick Young drive to the hoop, Allen gets into position because if the ball doesn’t go in, he is going to have a great chance to get a follow-up.

“I always crash the boards when Jrue or Evan or someone like that penetrates into the lane, because sometimes the big guy goes over to help so the offensive rebound is always there,” Allen explained.

And boy, oh boy were there plenty of rebounds for Allen to grab on Saturday night.

The Sixers needed those rebounds and extra shots, too. It was with Allen’s rebounding that the Sixers were able to build up a 16-point lead late in the third quarter. The Sixers did so even though they converted on just six shots outside of the paint during the first half and went just 2-for-16 from three-point range.

On shots outside the paint, the Sixers went 15 for 48 (31. 2 percent), so those rebounds really came in handy.

“We’re struggling right now to shoot the perimeter shot,” Collins understated. “I’m hoping at some point those shots will start to go in for us a little bit.”

They did when it mattered. Leading by just one point at the half, the Sixers opened the third quarter with a 12-2 run and made five of their first six shots before pushing the lead to 16 on an 8-2 run midway through the quarter. In shooting 50 percent during the game-breaking third, Collins turned to a unique backcourt duo to get the offense going.

All-Star Holiday led the Sixers with 20 points (on 23 shots), but was able to get longer stretches of rest and spend some time playing the two-spot with newcomer Jeremy Pargo running the point.

In his first game with the Sixers Pargo played 29 minutes, scored 12 points and dished out six assists. At one point during the third-quarter run, Pargo drove to the hoop, hit the layup as he was fouled and gave a wink to a fan sitting in the front row.

That’s his game, Pargo said.

“In the moment of the game, your personality comes out,” Pargo said.

Considering that Pargo had not played in a game since Jan. 19 when he was still with Cleveland, the guard was a pleasant surprise for Collins.

“He was terrific tonight,” Collins said. “He gave us a playmaker out there. He gave us speed and quickness. He gave us good defense and he allowed me to get Jrue off the ball, which, I thought, made Jrue fresh to finish the game.”

With Holiday feeling a little extra bounce in his step, he poured in eight points in the final quarter and had 14 of his game-high 20 during the second half.

Next up the Sixers finish up the long, eight-game homestand on Monday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. Following that game the team heads to Milwaukee for a game on Wednesday night before taking a week off for the All-Star break.

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The Sixers held the opposition under 90 points for the fifth game in a row. They are 4-1 over that stretch. … Lavoy Allen also had a season-high with 14 points. The last time a Sixer had at least 14 points and 22 rebounds in a game was on March 20, 2009 when Sam Dalembert posted 14 and 23. … Evan Turner scored 16 points on 7-for-17 shooting to go with 10 rebounds. In his previous five games, Turner scored just 20 points and shot 9 for 36 over that span. Turner also collected his 10th double-double of the season. He had seven combined double-doubles during his first two seasons. … Ramon Sessions came off the bench to lead the Bobcats with 20 points. Episcopal Academy alum Gerald Henderson scored 13 points on 4-for-12 shooting while South Jersey native Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had two points during a 1-for-6 night.