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News » Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2009-11-01

Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2009-11-01

Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2009-11-01Lou Williams is doing a good job at the offensive end as a first-time starter at point guard. He is averaging 20.3 points, 5.0 assists and has only 0.7 turnovers through the first season's three games as the successor to Andre Miller, who signed with the Trail Blazers.

"You've got to be mindful of (turnovers) when you're running the team, as opposed to coming off the bench and just running wild," Williams said. "It's a role change. One of the things they expect me to do is to take care of the ball. Hopefully, it's something I can continue to do."

One of the Sixers' biggest problems last year was stopping dribble penetration. Neither Miller nor Williams could prevent opposing points from getting to the lane, which tended to result in plenty of open shots as the other Sixers scrambled to match up.

"It's a key for us," said Sixers coach Eddie Jordan. "It's hard. You've got to move your feet, play a guy and make contact without fouling. It's just so important that we can stop penetration and get out on the (3-point shooters)."

Williams started 2009-10 by allowing the Magic's Jameer Nelson and Jason Williams to regularly get past him on the way to Orlando scoring 120 points. Williams did a somewhat better job on lightning-quick rookie Brandon Jennings in Friday's win over the Bucks before outlasting the Knicks, 141-127, in overtime.

"I think I'm doing decent," Williams said. "I have to get out of the mindset of being a bench guy. When I was coming off the bench, my thing was for me to score a bunch of points and the guy I'm guarding not to score as many. Now I've got high-level (starting) guys in front of me. I can't be so worried if they have 14, 16, 20 points a game because that's what they're out there to do."

SIXERS 141, KNICKS 127 (OT): The Sixers nearly blew a 23-point third-quarter lead, only to pull it out with a 15-0 overtime burst. Taking advantage of New York playing a double-overtime game the night before, the Sixers scored 40 points in the first quarter on .727 shooting from the field to take control right away. The balanced Sixers had five players reach double figures one day after six scored at least 10 points, though New York scored 71 in the second half.

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Added: November 1, 2009


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