76ers Best Nets, 84-74, As Fouls Mar Battle Between Williams, Holiday

In a game that didn’t live up to the main-event hype it received, the Philadelphia 76ers knocked off the New Jersey Nets, 84-74, to cap off Day One action at the Orlando Pro Summer League. Billed as a battle featuring Evan Turner and Derrick Favors, the second and third overall picks in the 2010 NBA Draft, respectively, the game instead turned into a foul-a-minute affair—there were 61 fouls in 40 minutes, to be precise—which detracted from a fantastic individual matchup between second-year point guards Jrue Holiday and Terrence Williams.

Turner shot 2-of-5 from the floor and scored 12 points, adding 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 6 fouls in 27 minutes. Favors also struggled with his shot and on defense, missing 6 of his 10 shots and committing 7 fouls.

Again, the point guards made the game about as worthwhile as can be, given the fouls. One gets the sense that Williams in particular could have scored 30-plus points if he were so inclined. But the Nets are converting him to point guard, so he thought pass-first this evening, with mixed results: 7 assists to 4 turnovers. He finished with 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting, and got wherever he wanted to on the floor with relative ease.

Holiday tallied 23 points, 4 rebounds, and 8 assists of his own. Last year, he became the first player born in the 1990s to appear in the NBA. He’s younger than plenty of the players here, and even though he’s not a rookie, he deserves a lot of attention this week.

Philadelphia’s Jodie Meeks also had a solid game. He struggled after arriving in Philly following a midseason trade from Milwaukee, but scored 18 points and excelled in transition today He shows promise as a gunner off the bench at the NBA level.

We’ll be back later tonight with a final wrap of all the action from Day One.

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