It took an overtime period to do it, but the Philadelphia 76ers knocked off the Brooklyn Nets Thursday evening, 112-104. The Nets drop to 25-29 and sit 7th in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers on the other hand improve to 35-21, putting them a half game behind the 4th place Miami Heat (who lost to the Atlanta Hawks tonight). The Sixers are now on a four-game winning streak.
The Sixers entered the contest down a man with Ben Simmons out due to lower back tightness. At first, playing shorthanded against the Nets didn’t seem to phase the Sixers, as Philly jumped out to a 20-4 lead to start the game behind an unstoppable Joel Embiid. But then Joel left the floor and things started to go south. The offense stagnated and the defense could not stop any penetration to the hoop. The Nets would go on a 44-10 run and take a 10-point lead into the half.
Down 10 to begin the 2nd half, the Sixers slowly started going to work. The newly acquired Alec Burks seemed to be settling in to his new home and would go on to finish with 19 points on 6 of 11 from the floor. By the end of the 3rd quarter, Philly would get within a point of the Nets. After trading leads throughout the 4th quarter, the two teams were deadlocked by the end of regulation.
The Nets put up a valiant effort, but at the end of the night, a dominant offensive performance by Joel Embiid helped power the home team to victory. Embiid finished with 39 points on 10 of 20 from the field and 18 of 19 from the free throw line to go along 16 rebounds including 6 on the offensive end. It was a complete showing by Joel. Tobias Harris sneakily contirbuted to the win as well, with 22 points on 10 of 20 from the floor and 6 assists.
- Caris LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie seemed to give the Sixers trouble at times, but Philly’s defense ultimately held the pair to 33.3% on their combined 48 shots.
- With Ben Simmons out and Al Horford in a new role off the bench, Raul Neto and Glenn Robinson III got the start. Robinson played just 14 minutes, however. Horford did not play in final stretches of regulation or OT.
- Furkan Korkmaz had a lackluster game with just 4 points in 17 minutes.
- Stay tuned for tonight’s Bell Ringer for more game coverage.