The 76ers got off to a nice start on their Pacific road trip. On Tuesday they beat the best team in the West, thanks to some sauce from Andre Iguodala at the buzzer.
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I'm a huge fan of going for the regulation win down two, especially considering Kobe Bryant had just nailed a jumper to give the Lakers a lead at the other end. On the night, Iguodala took Kobe out of his game. The reigning MVP had just 11 points on 15 FGAs, five turnovers and (amazingly) zero free throws.
"I don't know if Trevor understood when I said we have a foul to use, because he didn't use it," Jackson said. "When Iguodala handled the ball and took his time, it was time to use it."
The 76ers play in Phoenix tonight, Oakland Friday, Sacramento on Sunday (in what could be the final opportunity for a win against the East for the Kings) and Portland on Monday. The hardest part is over. Philadelphia is 1-1/2 games behind Miami in the ever-important "avoiding the top three Eastern seeds" race for 5th.