The Sixers, buoyed by strong performances from young stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, sewed up an impressive road showing by beating the Jazz 114-97 tonight in Utah.
The game got off to a rocky start, as the team trailed by double digits in the early going. In the second quarter, however, the Sixers offense erupted for 35 points whilst holding the opposition to only 23 in return. From there, save for a sloppy few minutes in the fourth, the team never looked back and rode the momentum of solid performances by its four key players to victory.
Joel Embiid played a great all-around game, tallying 23 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 blocks, before fouling out with 4 minutes and change remaining in the final frame.
Ben Simmons amassed a triple double before the third quarter ended, and scored a few key buckets once Jo fouled out to assuage the fears of Sixers fans watching at home. He finished with 13 points, 14 boards and 12 assists.
JJ Redick was red hot from beyond, making 6 of 9 threes en route to his game-high 24 points and +21 plus/minus.
Jimmy Butler was mainly quiet, as the wing picked his spots and put up 18 points. Butler certainly has a knack for picking the pockets of unsuspecting ball-carriers, which he did tonight down the stretch to ensure the game was all but over.
The Jazz were paced by Donovan Mitchell, who had 23 points on 20 shots.
The Sixers now move to 23-13 on the season, and 1-1 on their current road trip. Up next is a Sunday evening game in Portland, as the team takes on Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers.