Iguodala: Collins the right coach for Sixers


Iguodala: Collins the right coach for Sixers

ORLANDO, Fla. Throughout Doug Collins' coaching career, Year two has usually been pretty good for his teams.

In his three previous head coaching stints (Chicago, Detroit and Washington), Collins' teams averaged six more wins from the first year to the second.

And his latest team, the Philadelphia 76ers, continue that trend.

Despite playing 16 fewer regular season games because of the lockout-shortened season, it's not that big a stretch to believe that the Sixers (20-14) will win more games than last season's team that finished with a 41-41 record and lost in the first round of the playoffs.

Philadelphia has been atop the Atlantic Division for most of this season. They head into the all-star break with 3.5 game lead over New York and the Boston Celtics trailing by four games.

Finishing atop the Atlantic Division would bode well for the Sixers when you consider the last time they won the division was 2001.

That year, they advanced to the NBA Finals where they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Philadelphia forward Andre Iguodala isn't surprised at how quickly the franchise's fortunes have changed under Collins.

"It didn't take us long, but we had to figure out what he was about and what he was trying to do," said Iguodala, a first-time All-star this season. "And we figured out that he's kind of the right guy, and his track record shows that he's been able to come in in different situations and get things turned around in the first couple years."

Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1


Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1

HARRISON, N.J. - Daniel Royer finished a nice sequence in the 74th minute, Luis Robles made a diving save in the closing minutes and the New York Red Bulls rallied to beat the New England Revolution 2-1 on Saturday night.

Felipe sent the ball left to Kemar Lawrence alongside the box and he put a cross to Royer on the back post for an easy finish on his fourth goal.

Robles, who only allowed Lee Nguyen's penalty kick in the ninth minute, preserved the win with his fourth save, diving to his left to block Diego Fagundez's shot from outside the box.

Bradley Wright-Phillips tied it for New York (6-6-2), which was winless in its last four matches, when he pounced on a loose ball and backheeled it into the net. New England goalkeeper Cody Cropper had pounced on a cross by Kemar Lawance, but Cropper could hold on and Wright-Phillips was there to clean up for his sixth goal.

Damien Perrinelle fouled Fagundez in the penalty area after a great pass from Kei Kamara, allowing Nguyen to step up for his sixth goal. New England (4-5-4) had won two straight and lost just one of its previous six. It is 0-5-2 on the road.