Since going scoreless in an 0-for-9 shooting performance against Golden State on March 2, Hawes has averaged 14.7 points and made just a shade under 54 percent of his shots. He has averaged 10.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.
During that 14-game stretch, Hawes has tallied eight of his 16 double-doubles this season. In his previous two seasons with the Sixers, Hawes had just 15 double-doubles.
Thanks largely to Hawes, the Sixers are 4-3 in their last seven games. During that stretch, in a seven-point victory over Indiana, Hawes had the best game of his career, with 18 points, 16 rebounds, 8 assists, and 7 blocks.
The last player to match or exceed those numbers in a game was Houston's Hakeem Olajuwon in 1990. The last Sixer to post such numbers was Charles Barkley in 1986.
"With Spencer . . . every night it's been 15, 16, 17 points and double-digit rebounds," coach Doug Collins said. "Spencer is a really, really good player."
Hawes knows that the Sixers' chances of reaching the postseason are slim. However, he and some of the other players have openly talked about the importance of finishing this season strong so as to have a positive launch point for the 2013-14 season.
"You don't just stop playing because of the circumstances," Hawes said.
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