The 76ers have one of the best benches in the league, and it showed Wednesday night in Toronto. The bench combination of Evan Turner, Lou Williams, Thad Young and Marreese Speights, out scored the starters tonight in route to a 107-94 comfortable victory over the Raptors, who have now lost eight in a row, while the Sixers have won three.
The starters of Brand, Iguodala, and Holiday all had very solid games, but it was the bench who sparked this win, especially Mareese Speights. He had a season high 23 points and 9 rebounds. These type of games can be tough for teams to get up for, traveling to Canada to play a bad team in front of a small crowd, so the bench is always essential in the battle. The Sixers bench held the key as they outscored the Raptors bench 58 to 17.
It seems that these young Sixers are sparking a new life to the team, along with old reliable Elton Brand. They have the future point guard, small forward, power forward and 6th man for many years to come in Holiday, Turner, Young and Williams. If they could get an explosive scorer at the 2 guard and a good defensive center, they could be looking like a top 5 team in the East for years to come. Turner is a better play maker than he is a scorer, and same with Holiday, so somebody needs to fill the void. Where they are going to find that, I do not have the slightest idea right now. If only Jimmer was a few inches taller and a little more explosive he would be a perfect fit in the draft.
The Sixers play Memphis on Friday to try and keep the winning streak going to four games and beyond. Who knows, they might be catching the Knicks soon enough.
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Written by Bennett Snyder
Recently graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism. I have been a sports fan since before I could speak. While every kids dream of making it to the professional level didn't work out for me, I still have a strong desire to be around sports 24/7. I was born and live in Philadelphia, but spent most of my life in central New Jersey, so this tri-state area of NJ/NY/PA is my forte. If you have any questions you would like to ask just email me, no matter which sport, because i follow them all except golf and nascar.