The Sixers got their 4th consecutive win tonight in a swatting of the Hornets. The final score was 118 to 101, and it didn’t feel particularly close for most of the second half. The usual suspects got into the act. Tobias Harris who has been on a tear, fresh off winning the Eastern Conference Player of the Week, was a game high +24 in the plus-minus column. Doc Rivers really has his former player balling. Tobi led the team in points with 22, on 16 attempts, contributing five boards, 2 dimes, and some solid defense.
Tobi “No Hesitation” Harris for three:
Pickin' up where he left off. pic.twitter.com/oW8Em2LH4m— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) January 5, 2021
One of the best parts about Harris playing so well, is that it allowed Joel Embiid to only log 25 minutes tonight. It was a sight for sore eyes to see the big fella lounging on the sideline without things falling apart worse than a Chinoa Achebe novel (like they did in Cleveland not too long ago). Embiid kicked in 14 points, 3 blocks, anchoring a ferocious interior defense tonight, to go with 11 boards. He continued his improved passing, making some selfless reads. I especially like how he catches the ball around the top of the key and instead of immediately dribbling, he’s first looking for Seth Curry to initiate a two-man game that has led to good looks. Embiid also added a pair of steals.
Ben Simmons had a double double, 12 points, 10 boards, to go with 6 assists. Between Danny Green and Seth Curry we got 5 triples and some sound perimeter defense.
And this Showtime at the Farg-pollo:
Simmons with the nice behind the back dribble and pass to Embiid in transition pic.twitter.com/0VhtaQrltY— Main Team (@MainTeamSports) January 5, 2021
That seemed to set the tone for the young guys. When they got their chance, they did not squander the lead. Terry Rozier went ballistic last time the teams met scoring 35 points but tonight, the Sixers countered and pressured him a bit more, holding the former Celtic to 12 points on just 8 shots.
Then they got out and ran with all of their stops:
My favorite part of this game was probably Tyrese Maxey. Maxey looked springy, and fierce, robbing passes and finishing at the rim with dunks. Getting steals, blazing down the court, seeking contact and finishing continuations. He also knocked down 2 of 3 triples. He’s really fun and he oozes confidence which feels like a great sign for his ability to contribute in big moments down the road when the games get more intense.
Tyrese Maxey is a Sixer. pic.twitter.com/lpr8EJKoj4— Harrison Grimm (@Harrison_Grimm) January 5, 2021
Maxey shot out of a cannon in transition with a fierce take, and 1 pic.twitter.com/rVI5l0lHMG— Liberty Ballers (@Liberty_Ballers) January 5, 2021
We got another look at the flashy LaMelo Ball which was fun. He nearly had a triple double. The Sixers improve to 6-1 and have a more grueling road ahead with a series of back to backs coming up.
Next up, the Wizards on Wednesday.