NBA Game Summary - Memphis at Philadelphia
(Wednesday, February 13th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 102, Memphis 88
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Andre Iguodala poured in 20 of his 29 points in the first half, as the Philadelphia 76ers led from wire-to-wire, downing the Memphis Grizzlies, 102-88, to head into the All-Star break riding a season-best five-game win streak.
Iguodala also handed out eight helpers and reeled in eight rebounds, and the Sixers wrapped up a perfect five-game homestand. Samuel Dalembert scored 16 while hauling in 12 boards and swatting four shots in the winning effort.
Andre Miller tallied 14 points and dished out 11 assists, and Willie Green chipped in with 11 points. Thaddeus Young recorded 12 points and eight rebounds for Philadelphia, which completed a season sweep of Memphis. The 76ers overcame the Grizzlies, 99-97, on Dec. 22 at FedExForum, thanks to Iguodala's pull-up jumper as time expired. Philadelphia has taken three straight and five of the last six meetings in the series.
All five Philadelphia starters finished scoring in double-figures on Wednesday.
Rudy Gay and Hakim Warrick provided 23 points apiece for Memphis, which has dropped seven of its last eight outings. Warrick also pulled down eight boards in the loss. Philadelphia native Kyle Lowry donated 15 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Grizzlies, who have lost nine consecutive contests on the road to slip to 4-20 as the visitor. Mike Miller, the second-leading scorer for Memphis at 17 points per game, was held to 13 in defeat.
The Sixers advantage nearly evaporated, as the Grizzlies used an 11-2 streak to pull within six points. Warrick bucketed eight points in the burst, ending it with a slam to bring the score to 92-86, at the 4:07 mark of the fourth quarter.
However, Philly responded, ending the affair with an 8-2 spurt to seal the victory. Miller scored six in the streak, and Dalembert's basket with 58 seconds on the clock wiped out any threat of a comeback, as the Sixers went on top, 102-88.
"It was a nice game for us," said 76ers head coach Maurice Cheeks. "We talked about it being kind of a dangerous game. I thought our focus early on was great, getting the ball up and down the floor, pushing the ball up and down the floor and making some shots."
Philadelphia jumped out to a 14-2 lead when it ripped off a 12-0 run early in the first frame. Memphis managed to close the gap some, though, and after 12 minutes of play, the Sixers cushion whittled to 26-21.
The Grizzlies cut the deficit to one point, at 42-41, before the 76ers again caught fire, this time finishing the half with a 15-4 flurry. Lou Williams highlighted the burst, netting five points and reeling in two rebounds, and his bucket from beyond the arc beat the buzzer to give Philadelphia a 55-45 advantage heading into the locker room.
After the intermission, the Sixers picked up right where they left off, stretching their lead with an 11-0 scoring streak. Dalembert hit a layup to cap the barrage, and Philly surged ahead, 66-45, with 9:26 remaining in the third period.
Memphis trailed by 16 moving into the fourth quarter. Lowry connected on a pair of free throws with 13 seconds to go, and the Grizzlies were down, 84-68, with the final frame forthcoming.
The 76ers improved to 23-30 on the season, while the Grizzlies fell to 14-38...Philadelphia climbed even at 14-14 as the host...This was the first of a three-game road swing for Memphis, which will resume after the All-Star break...The Sixers shot 50.6 percent from the field...The Grizzlies had 17 helpers, compared to the 76ers' 28 assists.
02/14 00:55:46 ET