When the Sixers allowed Andre Miller to walk in free agency following the 2008-09 season, they officially turned to a youth movement. For one night, that decision came back to haunt them.
Miller torched the Sixers for 28 points and 10 assists last night, handing the Sixers' their first home loss this season, 108-104 in overtime.
“Andre Miller, he was fabulous,” Sixers coach Doug Collins said. “I’m not sure I’ve ever seen him play better than that. He’s so smart. He plays at a pace that is a great great pace. He’s deceptively quick, but he’s never going fast.”
Andre Iguodala had a chance to give the Sixers a one-point lead with four seconds remaining in regulation, but he converted just 1-of-2 free throws to tie the game at 96-96. Iguodala then took the brunt of Miller's shot-making on the defensive end.
“I think we did a great job. it’s just a matter of finishing the game,” said forward Thaddeus Young, who scored a team-high 22 points.
Sophomore guard Evan Turner chipped in 20 points off the bench, while Elton Brand addded 16.
The Sixers are still on top of the Atlantic Division at 10-4, but are just 1-3 against teams with winning records.
3 Things We Saw
1. TURNING POINT.
Evan Turner found a new role: Go-to guy in crunch time. The second-year slasher scored 11 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, calling for the ball in key moments.
2. NO LOU.
Thanks to Turner’s outburst, Lou Williams found himself on the bench for the majority of the fourth and overtime. The Sixers need to get their best shot-creator on the floor in winning time.
3. HOBBLED HAWES.
Spencer Hawes missed another game, this time due to a strained Achilles. He hurt it compensating for his balky back. The Sixers clearly missed their hot center, as rookie Nikola Vucevic drew the start but played just 12 minutes.