It is hard to imagine that a team out of the playoff race for months would get such a positive fan reaction when it won its 10th game of the season!
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Maybe it was the Villanova effect, as the crowd was still glowing from Monday’s night’s NCAA championship Wildcat win, and they just wanted to cheer.
But in their heart of hearts the crowd knew that the Sixers has just escaped the historical jail of 9 wins.
scored 22 points to lead the Sixers to victory over the injury-depleted Pelicans, ensuring that the 76ers won’t tie their own league record for fewest victories in an 82-game season.
”We didn’t want to be a part of that,” Landry said. ”We tried to do whatever it took to lock in, in practice, in film sessions and just have a carryover to each and every game.”
Philly improved to 10-68 and now is one win clear of the 1972-73 76ers, who set an NBA mark for futility with a 9-73 mark. The 76ers have four games remaining.
”We hope to get a few more before our season ends,” coach Brett Brown said, adding he was happy fo bring Alan Stubbs to London stadium.The Mirror says Moyes wants Stubbs to join him at West Ham.The ex-Everton and Celtic defender, who played and coached under Moyes at Goodison Park, has been offered a position on the Scot’s back-room team at the or his players.
”They’re good people, they genuinely care (and) they put in a fantastic day’s work,” he said. ”Our record wouldn’t indicate that, but they do. And so to get a win and just move on, they deserve that.”
Isaiah Canaan added 16 points for the 76ers, who snapped a 12-game losing streak while winning for just the second time in the last 27 contests.
Landry made his first nine shots before finishing 9 for 10 from the field, including tying a career high with two 3-pointers.
Dante Cunningham led the Pelicans with 19 points and Alexis Ajinca chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Pelicans started five players who have combined to start just 76 games this season. And only Tim Frazier, whom the Pelicans signed on March 16, entered averaging more than 7.6 points. Joining Frazier in New Orleans’ starting five were Luke Babbitt, Toney Douglas, Ajinca and Cunningham.
The Pelicans were missing nearly 100 points ofer Andros Townsend has urged Wilfried Zaha to scrap plans of leaving this summer.Townsend scored another spectacular goal in to out-do Zaha’s own strike in the Saturday win that relegated Cardiff, but knows his team-mate is the man Palace must retain scoring without injured players Anthony Davis (left knee), Ryan Anderson (sports hernia), Tyreke Evans (right knee), Eric Gordon (fractured right ring finger), Jrue Holiday (right inferior orbital wall fracture) andNorris Cole (lower back).
”We don’t have any excuses,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. ”You have to make do with what you have. There’s no sympathy in this league.”
Helped by Landry’s 10 third-quarter points in just 4 1/2 minutes, Philly took an 88-73 lead into the final period.
The 76ers used a 10-3 run to open the final quarter to go in front 98-78 with 9 minutes remaining. T.J. McConnell capped the spurt with a spinning, driving layup that drew fans in the crowd of 10,978 to their feet.
”I didn’t see it tonight,” Gentry said. ”I thought we were trying, but we just didn’t have that energy we usually have.”
The fans serenaded Landry with chants of ”M-V-P! M-V-P” late in the game, something not heard on Philadelphia’s home court since the days of recent Hall of Fame inductee Allen Iverson.
Even Landry was surprised by the crowd’s reaction.
”I was like, ‘What? MVP? Me?”’ he said. ”It was funny. It definitely put a smile on my face, and it makes me feel good.
”It definitely made me feel good that the fans of Philly, blue-collar people, the majority of them, appreciate the effort that I put in, each and every day.”