Sixers Notes: Rosen, Searcy help Sixers log summer-league win

Former Penn star Zack Rosen passes the ball over the Brooklyn Nets' Tyshawn Taylor. Rosen fueled a rally Wednesday in the Sixers' summer-league win.
Former Penn star Zack Rosen passes the ball over the Brooklyn Nets' Tyshawn Taylor. Rosen fueled a rally Wednesday in the Sixers' summer-league win. (JOHN RAOUX / Associated Press)
Posted: July 12, 2012

ORLANDO - The shorthanded 76ers won their first game in the Orlando Pro Summer League on Wednesday, defeating the Brooklyn Nets, 79-71, at the Amway Center.

The Sixers fell behind, 16-4, to start the game. But point guard Zack Rosen and forward Devin Searcy came off the bench to provide a spark with their hustle and savvy play. With the backups on the floor, the Sixers (1-2) took a 17-16 lead.

The game remained close until the Sixers pulled away in the fourth quarter after a flurry of assists by Rosen.

The Penn graduate finished with six points and six assists. Searcy was active at both ends of the court and had six points and three rebounds.

Justin Holiday, a 6-foot-7 forward, had a strong performance too, leading the 76ers with 18 points and six boards.

"We can do a number of things with [Holiday] out there on the floor," said Aaron McKie, a Sixers assistant and summer-league head coach. ". . . Defensively, he's tall, he rotates, he understands defensive schemes. . . . We need guys like that."

The Sixers will play the Orlando Magic at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Play of the day. Rosen and power forward Lavoy Allen executed a perfect pick and roll in the first quarter. Rosen, Penn's all-time leader in assists, came off the screen set by Allen and hit him with a bounce pass as he rolled to the rim, leading to an easy dunk. It was Allen's first basket of the summer league.

Upside. Justin Holiday, older brother of Sixers starter Jrue Holiday, looks capable of making an NBA roster. Although he is rough around the edges on offense, Holiday is efficient on both ends of the floor and fills up the stat sheet.

Downside. The Sixers cannot avoid the injury bug. Rookie forward Maurice Harkless did not play after aggravating a hip injury Tuesday. Combo guard Jacob Pullen, the Sixers' leading scorer in the summer league, was held out with a foot injury.

Quote. Allen, on the first thing he will buy after officially re-signing with the Sixers on Wednesday: "Chick-fil-A, McDonald's. . . . I'm not sure. My buying habits are not [to buy] much."

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