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Sixers sans-Joel Embiid get blown out by Memphis in second night of back-to-back

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Memphis Grizzlies v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Tonight, the Sixers lost to the Memphis Grizzlies at home, 116-100.

It was a listless affair from the opening tip-off for Philadelphia. For much of the first half, the team’s defense kept the game relatively close. The defense unraveled in the third, however, yielding 45 points to the Grizzlies in that period, as the offense continued to sputter.

Joel Embiid was held out of the game in an effort to be cautious with the big man, who returned from a three-week absence (knee) on Saturday. Mike Scott started in his stead.

Ben Simmons once again struggled, scoring only seven points in 26 minutes, and failing to meaningfully assert himself on either end of the court.

Tobias Harris had 21 points on 14 shots and eight rebounds in 20 minutes.

In mop-up time late, we got some extended run from “BBall” Paul Reed (who played great — 10 points, six rebounds in 13 minutes), Isaiah Joe, Rayjon Tucker, and Sixers debuts from Mason Jones and Ignas Brazdeikis.

Failing to capitalize on an opportunity to regain sole possession of the number one seed in the Eastern Conference, the Sixers remain in a virtual tie with Brooklyn atop the standings.

This was the team’s third game in four nights. The Sixers now get an off day on Monday before a meeting in Boston with the Celtics on Tuesday night.