It was a simple play, really.
Jrue Holiday toyed with Brandon Jennings, beating him off the dribble and then dropping in a leaner over Andrew Bogut.
At the time, it gave the Sixers a nine-point lead early in the third quarter. The Sixers outscored the Bucks 29-19 in that crucial frame and walked away with a 94-82 victory. Holiday scored nine of his game-high 24 points in the third, all while guarding the electrifying Jennings.
“Fabulous, fabulous,” coach Doug Collins said, when asked about Holiday. “I thought it was his best game, his liveliest game at both ends of the floor. I actually believe that when Jrue is in that situation, guarding a guy like Jennings, where he’s working so hard on the defensive end, I think that activates his offensive game.”
Jennings came in averaging 18.7 points per game, but the combination of Holiday and Lou Williams restricted him to seven points. He also turned over the ball three times and finished with only two assists.
Holiday and Jennings, both California natives, have been playing against each other since the sixth grade.
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“He knows how to read and react,” Holiday said of Jennings. “Him coming off that screen is dangerous, he’s a streaky shooter. I think today was a collective effort.”
As Holiday walked off the court, the red-white-and-blue confetti streamed down for the sixth time this season. The Sixers are undefeated at home and haven’t lost at the Wells Fargo Center since April 21, when they fell to Miami in the playoffs. Overall, they’ve won nine of their last 10 games.
“We’ve defended our home court, and I’ve always felt when you’re trying to make the turn to get your fans back, you got to win at home,” Collins said.