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    Getting into the Holiday spirit
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The Boston Celtics aren't easy to beat on their home floor. In fact, before Friday night, the Celtics had lost only two of their last 16 regular season home games. Those two defeats came at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks and the San Antonio Spurs.

    Friday, the Philadelphia 76ers added their name to that list with an impressive 106-100 win over the team that ousted them from the postseason less than six months ago.

    It was a statement win for the 3-2 Sixers.

    And what exactly was that statement? I think Evan Turner said it best.

    "We're not intimidated," the Sixers guard declared after the victory.

    The Sixers could have looked up at the rafters at TD Garden with all the championship banners and retired numbers and gotten scared. They could have run for the hills when they saw Kevin Garnett bang his head on the hoop like a crazy person. They could have retreated when Boston cut their lead to four points late in the fourth quarter.

    But the 76ers never backed down Friday night in Beantown. Not even for a second. Jrue Holiday wouldn't let them.

    Holiday silenced the almost 19,000 Boston fans in attendance by delivering a stunning 21-point effort, never letting the veteran Celtics off the hook despite their many desperate comeback attempts. Holiday also registered 14 assists in the victory, a new career-high.

    With the way Holiday quarterbacked Philly's offense on Friday, you wonder if Andy Reid will consider putting him in the lineup Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys (He has to be better than Michael Vick, right?).

    The Celtics' starting five looked spent trying to keep up with the Sixers on Friday. Holiday, meanwhile, looked like he could go right back out there and play another 48 minutes.

    "I'm getting up there," Holiday joked after the game when a reporter mentioned his age. Holiday is 22.

    That age can be a blessing and a curse for the former UCLA guard. At times Holiday looks incredibly raw when he has the basketball in his hands. The seven turnovers he committed on Friday speak to that.

    "Sometimes I get too anxious on passes," Holiday admitted. "There were a couple times when my teammates were too open and I kind of zipped the ball too hard and it went right through their hands."

    While Holiday's inexperience can sometimes lead to mistakes, his youthful energy and outstanding hustle also led to a number of incredible plays on Friday night.

    With the second quarter winding down, Sixers forward Dorell Wright had the ball stolen away from him by Rajon Rondo. The Celtics guard immediately shipped the ball off to Courtney Lee for an easy transition layup.

    Seemingly out of nowhere, Holiday emerged at the last second to swat Lee's shot away. The block preserved a 12-point lead for the Sixers as they headed back to the locker room for halftime.

    The resilient Celtics were able to get the crowd back into it by crafting a 7-0 run midway through the fourth quarter. Holiday responded by feeding Thaddeus Young for an easy layup on the next possession. The next time down the court, Holiday drilled a three, pushing the Philadelphia lead back to 10 and causing Boston head coach Doc Rivers to call a timeout.

    With the lead down to four, Evan Turner chucked up a brick leading to a loose ball with just a tick under 40 seconds left in regulation.

    Who was there for the offensive rebound? Holiday, of course.

    After Friday's heroic effort, Holiday was able to move ahead of Brandon Jennings for third in the NBA in assists per game. His 10.4 apg average is nearly six assists better than the amount he averaged last season (4.5 apg).

    Holiday has also improved his scoring. During the 2011-12 season Holiday averaged 13.5 ppg. Through five games this season, he leads the team at 18.6 ppg.

    Could 2012-13 be Holiday's breakout season? It sure looks like it.

    With Andre Iguodala in Denver and Lou Williams playing for the Atlanta Hawks now, Holiday's role in the offense has never been more important. That's probably why he's already averaging 5.6 minutes per game more than he did in 2011-12. He's also attempting 2.4 more field goal attempts per game than he did a season ago.

    Holiday might see his scoring average dip by a point or two when Andrew Bynum returns to the lineup (he's out with a knee injury), but the high assist numbers will still be there. And so will the passion and heart that led to Friday night's win in Boston.

    Holiday has only been in this league for four seasons and I'm sure he'll be in it for many more years to come. It's still early, but I have to say, the future looks pretty darn bright for Jrue Holiday.




    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Jesse Pantuosco at jpantuosco@sportsnetwork.com.

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    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

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      Celebrating Music Education Spirit Week Video included

      Updated:

      We are celebrating kids who rock with Music Education Spirit Week! Lorri Naylor, a Lowry Elementary School teacher and a part of the Hillsborough County Elementary Music Educators Council, fills us in on the festivities.
      More>>

      • Great Stuff

      USF 'Young Innovator' creates anti-bully band Video included

      Updated:

      Every year, USF holds their Young Innovator Competition, encouraging kids between kindergarten and 8th grade to invent something new or improve upon something that already exists. Meet Alexis Martin, this year's winner. The Anti-Bully Band she invented is her plan to stop bullying. More>>

      Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter Video included

      Updated:

      In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
      More>>

      Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast 'Youth of the Year' Video included

      Updated:

      Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

      Furry friends from Suncoast Animal League stop by Video included

      Updated:

      The Suncoast Animal League is a non-profit, no-kill, no-time limit animal rescue agency located in Palm Harbor. Executive Director Rick Chaboudy More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | February 14-15

      Updated:

      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
      More>>

      News Now: Tampa Port Authority's President talks growth at the port Video included

      Updated:

      Port Tampa Bay just had their annual State of the Port Luncheon. This week Tampa Port Authority's President and CEO, Paul Anderson, stopped by to give us further insight.  More>>

      Deaf Literacy Center to hold first-ever silent dinner Video included

      Updated:

      For the first time ever in the Tampa Bay area, the Deaf Literacy Center is holding a 100% voices off silent dinner. Everybody working at the restaurant this evening will be deaf or hard of hearing, including servers, cashiers, and bartenders. The event is taking place on February 15th at 4pm at Farmer Boy Restaurant in Clearwater. Pattie Sanchez from The Diversity Initiative, Pinellas Public Library Cooperative's Deaf Literacy Coordinator Rosa Rodriguez, and volunteer/advocate Jenny Locy stop... More>>

      News Now: Media General CEO talks about his career, future for company Video included

      Updated:

      In December, LIN Media and Media General merged to create the second largest broadcasting company in the country. The former CEO and President of LIN Media, Vince Sadusky, was placed at the helm of the new and improved Media General. More>>

      Bill Schifino, Jr talks about being President-Elect of the Florida Bar Video included

      Updated:

      Earlier this month, Bill Schifino, Jr. was announced as the 2015-16 President-Elect of the Florida Bar. Schifino comes to this position with a strong resume. More>>

      Trio sets off on 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

      Joe Guthrie, Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, and Carlton Ward Jr. are embarking on a journey of a lifetime. The trio are setting off on a 70-day, 900 mile trek across the state???without any automobiles.
      More>>

      • Great 38More>>

      • Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Friday, January 16 2015 12:49 PM EST2015-01-16 17:49:27 GMT
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
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      • Cloudy and cooler in Tampa Bay

        Cloudy and cooler in Tampa Bay

        Friday, March 6 2015 2:22 PM EST2015-03-06 19:22:54 GMT
        A cold front will move south of the Tampa Bay area tonight, but the cloud cover will stick around. Spotty Light showers will also be possible through Friday evening.
        A cold front will move south of the Tampa Bay area tonight, but the cloud cover will stick around. Spotty Light showers will also be possible through Friday evening.
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