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Sixers win first three quarters against Thunder, all that matters anyway

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Philadelphia 76ers v Oklahoma City Thunder Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder through the first three quarters of Sunday’s scrimmage. (The Sixers ultimately went on to lose the game, 102-97.) Ben Simmons was productive despite five turnovers (and not taking a three pointer), scoring 14 points and adding on 11 rebounds and 9 assists. Joel Embiid did not play, sitting the game out after experiencing tightness in his right calf.

Starting in place of Embiid was Al Horford, rounding out a starting lineup including Simmons, Shake Milton, Josh Richardson, and Tobias Harris. Without Joel, the Sixers’ offense looked to move the ball quickly and work a handful of actions from the elbow.

The Sixers got a ton of good looks from behind the arc in the 1st half (10-23 3PT), with Shake Milton finishing 3 of 6 from deep and Horford going 4 of 5. By the time half rolled around, the Sixers had an 11-point lead. The starters played a bit in the 3rd quarter, but garbage time started early. The Sixers 2nd and 3rd stringers were unable to hold a lead, but there were a lot of positives in this exhibition for Philly.

Matisse bullying Schroeder

Dennis Schroeder did not have fun playing basketball against Matisse Thybulle:

Josh Richardson putting the ball on the floor

Good to see J-Rich initiating offense for the Sixers. In the first clip, Richardson is patient and sucks Steve Adams out of the restricted area so Pelle can get the easy bucket. In the second, J-Rich punishes a mismatch using a dribble pull-up.

Simmons with a laser to Richardson

Ben Simmons uses a size advantage to post up and wait for the perfect passing window:

Play of the Game

Not the most exciting play, but just pure, clean basketball.

The Sixers take on the Dallas Mavericks next on Tuesday, July 28th at 8:30 pm ET. It will be their final scrimmage before the seeding games in the NBA Orlando bubble.