Yes, They Broke 100: Sixers Honor Wilt, Beat Warriors Easily

Yes, They Broke 100: Sixers Honor Wilt, Beat Warriors Easily

Well, however the 76ers finish the 2011-'12 season, we know two things
about them fairly authoritatively: They are better than the Detroit
Pistons, and they are better than the Golden State Warriors. The Sixers
continuing their trouncing-the-little-guy ways tonight, pulling away
from the Warriors in the fourth quarter and ending up with a 105-83
victory in The Battle of Wilt. The Sixers stay three games up on the
Celtics and move to three-and-a-half in front of the dormant Knicks.

The diminuitive combo guards on both teams were on display tonight.
Golden State's Monta Ellis and our Lou Williams are two players who
frequently draw comparisons to another, fleet-of-foot scorers with range
and a distinct lack of conscience, and though I forever believe Ellis
to be the far superior player—I saw him make at least two, maybe three
moves tonight that I've never even seen Lou attempt—they ended up about
equals tonight, Ellis lighting the Sixers up early but cooling off with
the Sixers quickly switching Andre Iguodala to him on D, and Williams
coming alive in the fourth, hitting a couple threes on consecutive
possessions to ensure that the rout was on. Monta ended with 20, Lou
with 25—needed seven less shots to do it, too.

And yeah, the Liberty Ballers got to 100 for the first time in 20 games.
I've made my distaste for this team's Big Mac promotion clear on many
separate occasions, but on Wilt Chamberlain night, when obviously the
number "100" was on everyone's mind, it was hard to begrudge the fans
their excitement when 'Dre hit an iso jumper to put the team into
triple-digits with a couple minutes left in the fourth. We're sure that
Wilt is dining gleefully in the Great McDonald's in the Sky tonight.

Much more important game coming on Sunday against the Bulls, but for
now, happy Wilt Chamberlain anniversary, happy blowout win on national
TV, happy 30-point fourth quarter. Happy happy happy.

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

On Wednesday, the Sixers traded Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter and a 2017 second-round pick, as well as the option to swap 2017 second-round selections (see story).

"I want to thank Ersan Ilyasova for his positive contributions to this organization both on and off the basketball court," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement. "Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture."

The Sixers took to Instagram to express their appreciation for Ilyasova’s leadership. Ilyasova quickly embraced the role of a veteran go-to when he was traded to the Sixers in early November. Both posts below exemplify his team-first mentality.

✊🏼 A true Pro @ersanilyasova7

A post shared by Ben Simmons (@bensimmons) on

Thanks for being a great teammate @ersanilyasova7. Wishing you the best in ATL

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Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rickard Rakell broke a tie with his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.

Rakell also scored in the second period for the Ducks and has 24 goals in his outstanding season. Ondrej Kase, Josh Manson and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim, and Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in his first victory since Jan. 23.

Frank Vatrano scored the tying goal in the third period for the Bruins, who hadn't lost since Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara scored early goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots.

Anaheim beat Boston for the seventh straight time (see full recap).

Rare goal from Russell lifts Oilers over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Kris Russell's goal with 7:58 left was his first in more than a year and lifted the Edmonton Oilers over Florida 4-3 on Wednesday night to snap the Panthers' five-game winning streak.

Russell's goal was his first since Feb. 11, 2016, when he played for Calgary. He went goalless in his first 48 games with the Oilers.

Fellow defenseman Oscar Klefbom also scored for Edmonton, as did forwards Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Connor McDavid, who came into the night leading the NHL scoring race, had an assist on Russell's goal.

Aleksander Barkov, Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Marchessault scored for Florida. Keith Yandle had two assists for the Panthers, giving him 400 points for his career.

Cam Talbot stopped 31 shots for the Oilers, who have won their last eight games at Florida -- last losing on the Panthers' ice in 2002. James Reimer made 31 saves for the Panthers, who just completed a 5-0-0 road trip (see full recap).