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Saying goodbye to the Spectrum

By staff reports
Posted Mar 14 2009 12:35PM

The legends were in the house Friday night for the last game at the 42-year-old Spectrum. Even Julius "The Docer" Erving, was on hand to challenge the Sixers to beat the Bulls. And when Dr. J speaks, everyone must listen.

The Sixers sure did listen last night as they sealed a 104-101 victory over Chicago on Friday night in the final game at the Spectrum. The Sixers, who normally play across the street at the Wachovia Center, gave a capacity crowd one more thriller to remember in their first game here since April 19, 1996.

Thaddeus Young scored a career-high 31 points and Andre Iguodala had 25 to spark the victory over Chicago.

Before the game Julius "Dr.J" Erving was joined by Moses Malone and other members of of the 1966-67 and 1982-83 NBA champion Sixers.

The authentic court was one of many old school features for the special night. Most notably, no rap or dance music was blasted through the arena during play. Some oldies were played during timeouts, and recordings of organ music were played to pump up the fans.

"There will be a void when this building doesn't exist anymore,'' Erving said. "I used to proudly bring family and friends to Philadelphia and find time to bring them down to see the statue of me.''

Friday's Games
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Orlando 112, Washington 103
Philadelphia 104, Chicago 101
Houston 91, Charlotte 86
Detroit 99, Toronto 93, OT
Atlanta 101, Indiana 87
Boston 102, Memphis 92
New York 102, Minnesota 94
New Orleans 95, Milwaukee 86.
Portland 109, New Jersey 100
Cleveland 126, Sacramento 123 OT
Golden State 119, Dallas 110

Trip Down Memory Lane

Ed Snyder, owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, was a big fan of Billy Joel and recalled going backstage before a Spectrum concert to present him with a Flyers jersey that had a "Joel'' on the back. Joel accepted the jersey, looked at Snider and said, "I'm an Islanders fan."

Friday's Stars

• LeBron James, Cavaliers, scored 51 points, including six in overtime, and Cleveland clinched the Central Division title by beating Sacramento 126-123.

• Leon Powe, Celtics, scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, the 10th double-double of his career and his third in four games, as Boston beat Memphis 102-92.

• Joe Johnson, Hawks, scored 30 points for the third straight game, and Atlanta beat Indiana 101-87 for its fourth straight victory.

• Chris Paul, Hornets, scored 30 points as New Orleans beat Milwaukee 95-86 for its ninth win in 10 games.

• Richard Hamilton, Pistons, had 24 points and a career-high 16 assists in Detroit's 99-95 overtime victory over Toronto.

• Dwight Howard, Magic, had 18 points, 13 rebounds and career-high seven assists to lead Orlando to a 112-103 victory over Washington.

• Thaddeus Young, 76ers, scored a career-high 31 points, two nights after his previous career best of 29, leading Philadelphia over Chicago, 104-101.

Champion Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers clinched the Central Division title with their 126-123 overtime victory over the Sacramento Kings. It was just the second division title in franchise history, with the other coming in 1976.

Davidson Dies

Detroit Pistons owner Bill Davidson, a noted philanthropist who was inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame last year, died Friday. He was 86.


Jason Kidd recorded his second triple-double of the season with 21 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in Dallas' 119-110 loss to Golden State. Kidd has 102 career triple-doubles, third on the list behind Oscar Robertson (181) and Magic Johnson (138). ... Atlanta's Joe Johnson has gone 33-for-64 from the field in the last three games to average 30.3 points.

Two 3s

Yao Ming made a straightaway 3-pointer -- the second of his career -- with 2:12 left to put Houston ahead 83-77 in its 91-86 victory over Charlotte. It was the 7-foot-6 Yao's first attempt of the season and his second make in 10 attempts in his seven-year career -- the last coming as a rookie in 2002-03.

Rondo Returns

Point guard Rajon Rondo returned to the lineup in Boston's 102-92 victory over Memphis. He had missed two games with a sprained right ankle and the Celtics lost both.


Toronto dropped its season-high seventh straight with a 99-95 overtime loss to Detroit. ... Charlotte has lost two in a row following its franchise-record, six-game winning streak following its 91-86 loss to Houston. ... Memphis was dealt a fourth straight loss, falling 102-92 to Boston.


"We've got to keep it the way it is. We've only lost (two) games with him in the lineup. He's been sharing the ball like a point guard, which is not his strength, and really scoring, also. With the energy he brings, it's like we have more confidence in ourselves now." -- Antonio McDyess, on keeping Richard Hamilton in Detroit's starting lineup. Hamilton had 24 points and a career-high 16 assists in the Pistons' 99-95 overtime victory in Toronto.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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