Sixers coach Doug Collins: Shooting needs work

Posted: November 19, 2012

Despite an infusion of scorers during the offseason, the 76ers still appear more comfortable just grinding out games - the way they did on Sunday in an 86-79 victory over Cleveland at the Wells Fargo Center.

The 79 points the Cavaliers posted was their lowest total of the season and more than 20 points below their average.

"We still struggle to shoot that ball. We're just not in a great rhythm offensively," coach Doug Collins said after the Sixers connected on 34 of 80 shots. "Guys have just not played enough with each other, and we're not sure about the plays. And as a result, I didn't think we got good shots in that first half."

After shooting 38.1 percent from the floor in the first half, the Sixers, who placed five players in double figures, were much better in the second half (47.4).

Evan Turner finished with 19 points, nine assists, and six rebounds. Jrue Holiday and Spencer Hawes each scored 14 points, with Hawes pulling down nine boards and blocking four shots.

Holiday also handed out nine assists and committed just two turnovers. More important for the Sixers, though, is that Holiday, with some help from his teammates, played great defense against Cleveland's Kyrie Irving. Fourth in the NBA in scoring (24.3 points per game), Irving finished with nine points on 4-for-14 shooting.

Waiters' homecoming

In his first appearance in a regular-season game in his hometown, Cleveland rookie Dion Waiters struggled, scoring just five points on 2-for-13 shooting.

The fourth overall pick in the draft, Waiters left Syracuse after his sophomore season. He came into Sunday's game averaging 14.5 points per game, third among rookies.

"Those are shots that I usually make - they're just not falling right now," said Waiters, a South Philadelphia native who played at Burlington's Life Center Academy. "But I can't stop taking them because they are not falling."

Waiters said he had about "60 or 70" friends and family in attendance.

Harris goes the distance

Sixers owner Joshua Harris finished the Philadelphia Half Marathon in 1 hour, 42 minutes, 8 seconds. Harris, who was at the game looking fresh, finished 844th out of 21,586 runners.

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