That is a lot of points in a short amount of time.
The Sixers picked up their fourth in a row when they beat the Detroit Pistons 129-111 Wednesday night. Joel Embiid once again led the way with 41 points, shooting 14-of-24 from the field, along with 11 rebounds and five assists while once again clocking out before the fourth quarter.
Tobias Harris bounced back for 21 points, shooting 7-of-10 from the field.
Tyrese Maxey happened to have his worst game of the year, shooting 2-of-13 from the field and finishing with only nine points, though the team picked him up as the Sixers shot 52% from the field.
Here are some thoughts at the buzzer.
- The lone Sixer who still needed to get right after Monday was Harris, and he had himself a fine opening quarter. He had seven quick points getting to his usual spots while pulling down three boards and swatting away a Cade Cunningham layup.
- Embiid was content to live at the free throw line from the opening tip. It only took a little over three minutes for Pistons center Isaiah Stewart to head to the bench with two fouls. Embiid took nine free throws, as he’s making a habit out of putting up crooked numbers in first quarters.
- On top of the 19 he scored in the first, Embiid also grabbed eight rebounds, a full night of work for some guys. Three came on the offensive end, the last being a put-back that cleaned up a Pat Bev runner. Embiid is still averaging 3.3 offensive boards so far this year, a career-high. Philly was up by 13 after one.
- Another Sixer who was in a groove early on was Kelly Oubre Jr., who was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field in the first half. Even when he got too ambitious on a poster dunk attempt, he was rewarded with a trip to the line.
Kelly Oubre really went for it man pic.twitter.com/7jCGYNw6h4— Daniel Olinger (@dan_olinger) December 14, 2023
- The only thing that kept the game remotely competitive was the half of Bojan Bogdanovic. He had 17 on 7-of-12 shooting in the half, which was easily a team-high and made their first three-pointer well into the second quarter. They shot just 3-of-11 from downtown in the half.
- While he had his usual quiet first quarter, Tyrese Maxey did not get into a rhythm in the second like he has so often this year. He missed all six of his first half field goal attempts and went into the break with just three points. Luckily, the Sixers were facing a team that’s lost 20 in a row and looked very much like it, and didn’t need anything from Maxey. Their last basket of the half was Embiid cleaning up a Maxey missed layup for his 30th point of the night, as they took a 14-point lead into halftime.
- With 30 points and 10 rebounds, Joel Embiid recorded both those marks for the eighth consecutive game. That ties Wilt Chamberlain for a Sixers record, not too shabby.
- Batum had the ball flying around the perimeter early in the second half. It isn’t just his jumper that has a lightning quick release, but he can zip passes around even faster. He’s just able to process the game and make decisions impressively quick.
- A sure-fire way to finish at the rim is to dunk the basketball. It seems like De’Anthony Melton has made an effort to go all the way on drives to the rim. He is improving these attempts which used to almost only happen in transition are starting to creep into the half-court.
- The Sixers just didn’t have to struggle for anything in this game. They were shooting 55.5% from the field through three quarters. Embiid was once again just out there trying things, finally connecting on the Yo-Yo pass to Oubre in transition. The Sixers’ lead balloned to 24 after three.
- Joel Embiid has appeared in 20 games this season, and has not needed to play in the fourth quarter in seven of those games. That’s just about the definition of taking care of business. He’s been excellent in burying teams early, but the second unit has also done a good job of finishing teams at the beginning of fourth quarters.
- The second unit was able to put the game away despite a less-than-stellar Paul Reed performance. He’s been a bit of a mess on offense recently. He shot 1-of-4 tonight and turned it over twice.
- The Sixers will try to make it 22 losses in a row for these poor Pistons, as they’ll go at again Friday night in Philadelphia at 7 p.m. ET.