The vibes at the Wells Fargo Center Monday night were ridiculously strong.
Most importantly, the Sixers took care of business on the court, crushing the Lakers and giving LeBron James the most lopsided loss of his career.
Joel Embiid was sensational in only needing three quarters to secure a 30-11-11 triple-double, the first of the season for the reigning MVP. Tyrese Maxey continued his fantastic start, scoring 30-plus points for the fifth time in 17 contests this season. For reference, Maxey scored 30 seven times in 60 games in 2022-23.
The Sixers also had their best night from beyond the arc this season, going 22-of-46 as a team from deep. In a welcomed development, Patrick Beverley (4-of-8) and Marcus Morris, Sr. (4-of-5) were two of the biggest contributors in that department.
And Pat Bev went full Pat Bev before and after beating his former team — giving his former teammate Austin Reaves the business and producing an incredible postgame soundbite with Tom McGinnis, the legendary radio voice of the Sixers.
What added to the fun was the presence of the 10-1 Philadelphia Eagles.
Of course Jalen Hurts sitting courtside (rightfully) grabbed the headlines. The current (rightful) MVP favorite looked as dapper as ever. It’s safe to say everyone in Philly wants to be around Hurts — even the Sixers’ head coach.
At one point Monday, Nick Nurse left his post on the bench and ran over to steal a pic and a laugh with the star quarterback. Really, Hurts smiling and laughing is a story in itself. He received a standing ovation when Matt Cord announced his presence to the crowd.
But he wasn’t the only Bird in attendance. Pro Bowl corner Darius Slay was in the house and even got to use Franklin’s t-shirt gun. Tight end Dallas Goedert, running back Boston Scott and linebacker Patrick Johnson also took the game in.
And if that wasn’t enough, Eagles legend Jeremiah Trotter rang the bell before the game. Since his son, Clemson linebacker and St. Joe’s prep alum Jeremiah Trotter, Jr., declared for the NFL Draft Tuesday, it’s a little hard to find video via Twitter. But it was a slight upset that we didn’t see the “Axe Man” ring the bell using his patented celebration.
The Sixers are 12-5, one game behind the Boston Celtics at the top of the East. The Eagles are 10-1, two games up on the entire NFL. It’s nice to savor it when the vibes are this good.