Holiday hits for career high as Sixers beat Suns

Doug Collins lays it all out for his troops late in the fourth. "At crunch-time, I think I made the right plays," said Jrue Holiday, who was instrumental down the stretch. YONG KIM / Staff
Doug Collins lays it all out for his troops late in the fourth. "At crunch-time, I think I made the right plays," said Jrue Holiday, who was instrumental down the stretch. YONG KIM / Staff (YONG KIM / Staff)
Posted: November 27, 2012

Jrue Holiday's line from the 76ers' 104-101 win over the Phoenix Suns at the Wells Fargo Center was full of all those things a coach, teammates, and fans want to see.

Holiday clicked off a career-high 33 points Sunday on 13-for-21 shooting, taking advantage of overmatched Suns defenders Goran Dragic and Sebastian Telfair. The Sixers, playing their second game in as many days, were the recipients of 26 Holiday assists over the weekend - 13 on Saturday against Oklahoma City and 13 more on Sunday.

But in the victory over the Suns, more than just Holiday's point-guard play stood out.

The Sixers coughed up a 10-point advantage to pesky Phoenix, leading to an 81-80 Suns advantage early in the fourth quarter. But Holiday punctuated a Sixers run with a rebound of Jason Richardson's missed three-pointer that he converted into a three-point play for a 98-91 lead with 3 minutes, 47 seconds left.

"He had one spectacular play: the offensive rebound," Sixers coach Doug Collins said.

Moments before the bucket, Collins had told the Sixers, who have not been getting to the free-throw line much of late, that they were in the penalty and they had to take advantage.

Holiday did.

"I just wanted to be more aggressive because yesterday I wasn't on the court as much as I wanted to be," said Holiday, who was limited against Oklahoma City because of foul trouble. "But it's really about just doing the things that we all have to do."

It is all a part of the continued evolution of Holiday as a player. Not since Allen Iverson collected 38 points and 15 assists in a game against Orlando on Jan. 26, 2006, has a Sixer put up better numbers in those categories in the same game.

In ending a two-game losing streak, the Sixers got another solid game from Evan Turner, who finished with 16 points (going 3 for 5 on three-pointers) and nine rebounds. Lavoy Allen, who started at center in place of Kwame Brown, finished with 11 points and six rebounds. After scoring just two points in the first half, Thaddeus Young finished with 10.

Phoenix placed six players in double figures, led by Michael Beasley with 21 points. Center Marcin Gortat finished with 18 points. Philadelphia native Markieff Morris, the Suns' starting power forward, finished with eight points and 10 rebounds.

The Suns had a chance to win the game after calling a 20-second timeout with 14.1 seconds left. Down by 103-101, Phoenix got the ball to Beasley, but his layup, taken under pressure from Turner, bounced off the rim. Turner pulled down the rebound to seal it.


Contact John N. Mitchell at jmitchell@philly.com, or follow on Twitter @JmitchInquirer.

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