Jodie Meeks Starts, Scores 20 in First

Via the Philly Inqy: “In an effort to get another shooter on the floor, 76ers coach Doug Collins decided this week to insert guard Jodie Meeks into the starting lineup. On Saturday at the Well Fargo Center, the move paid off. Meeks got the Sixers headed toward a 109-91 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats by scoring 20 of his game-high 26 points in the first period. After making six of seven three-point attempts during the first 12 minutes, Meeks went on to also finish with personal highs in points, field goal attempts (15), field goals made (nine), three-point attempts (10), and three-point baskets (seven). Meeks’ previous high in points was 21, which he had reached three times, most recently against the Miami Heat on Nov. 26. ‘My teammates did a good job of finding me open, and I kept letting them fly,’ said Meeks, who entered the contest averaging 7.3 points per game. ‘After I hit my first one, I kept making them. Whatever I have to do to get the team started right. Tonight it was scoring.’ A crowd of 14,611 saw the Sixers improve to 6-14. Charlotte is now 7-13.”