The Sixers got off to a HOT start, jumping out to a 33-21 lead early on in the first.
Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid each started strong with 6 points in their first stint on the floor and continued to dominate. Joel finished with a destructive 21 points, 17 rebounds, along with four blocks (two came with under three minutes left to seal the game). Ben had a very clean game as he went 8-12 from the field for 18 points. More importantly he had ZERO turnovers on the night.
Once again against the Kings, Jimmy Butler came alive and looked like the player the Sixers traded for. He ended the game with 22 points, 7 assists, and six rebounds as he played catalyst to the Sixers offense down the stretch and was a team high +20.
The Sixers showed signs in the first half of blowing it wide open, but towards the end up the first and second quarters, the Kings cut the Sixers lead to just four and tied the game up at 68 early in the second half. Jimmy started to get it going in the third quarter as he, Tobias Harris, and Boban Marjanovic helped the Sixers extend their lead back to double digits.
Tobias started just 1-9 from the field but finished with 19 points, 7 rebounds, and four assists while going +19.
Boban had a couple of classic Boban moments as he remembered that he is just taller than literally everyone. He ended with 12 points and 7 rebounds.
JJ Redick connected on four of his 9 three point attempts en route to his 19 points however, the team shot just 7-24 from long distance.
Overall six Sixers finished in double figures on the night, all five starters and Boban. The rest of the bench played very well as TJ McConnell contributed with his spark, Mike Scott put up six points and four rebounds, and James Ennis III was called on for his defense on Buddy Hield, who was held to 14 points on 14 shots.
Future Hall of Famer and former Sixer Corey Brewer was back in South Philly tonight and pestered Joel Embiid for a bit, poking the ball away from Joel multiple times on double teams. Alas, the masked crusader’s efforts were not enough as his new team fell in their final game of their east coast swing.
A good win for the Sixers as they seesaw back into the #3 seed in the East as Indiana did not play tonight. They are on the road Saturday night in Denver.
The Sixers next game is a biggie. They travel to Milwaukee to take on the one seed Bucks on ABC at 3:30 pm EST.