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Tobias Harris pours in season-high 37 as Sixers cruise past Kings

Tobias Harris was the best player on the floor, dropping a season- and Sixers-high 37 points in leading the Sixers to a comfortable win over the Kings.

Sacramento Kings v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Tell a friend to tell a friend, that’s a new season-high.

The Sixers snapped their three-game losing streak when they took down the Sacramento Kings 112-93 Friday night.

Tobias Harris led the way with 37 points, his most so far this year and his most as a Sixer in the regular season, along with seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Tyrese Maxey put up 21 points along with four assists and three steals as well.

Kelly Oubre Jr. joined Joel Embiid and Robert Covington on the inactive list. He was a late scratch due to toe soreness.

Here are some thoughts at the buzzer.

First Quarter

  • It was a tough start for Philly’s offense, as it took them over four and a half minutes to make a two-pointer. The Kings opened guarding Maxey quite aggressively, sending Sabonis to double team on every screen that was set.
  • The offense did get going a bit when Harris started moving downhill. He got off to a great start on the other end as well, coming away with two steals and standing up Sabonis a couple of times in the post on top of his 14 first-quarter points.
  • The Sixers’ defense as a whole looked more active, and that was evident in how many turnovers they were causing. The Kings turned the ball over five times in the first and shot 38% from the field. Bamba once again acquitted himself well, blocking two shots in the quarter. Philly held an eight-point lead after one.

Second Quarter

  • Even when Bamba is blocking shots and hitting threes, he’s still a frustrating rebounder for someone of his height. The Kings grabbed 11 offensive boards in the first half, many of them with Bamba on the floor, but tonight his production made up for that.
  • Not only were the Sixers able to go out in front early, but they did it with Maxey shooting 1-of-5 to start the game. He got into a rhythm hitting back-to-back threes off of back-to-back steals he forced on the other end.
  • The threat of losing minutes does seem to be a consistent motivator for Paul Reed. He denied Malik Monk when he checked back into the game, then fought for a couple offensive rebounds which led to second-chance points for Philly. He even knocked down one of those midrange jumpers from the baseline. It was his best stretch of minutes in quite some time.
  • Speaking of his best stretch in some time, Harris continued to be the best player on the floor by a country mile. He realized he was stronger than anyone Sacramento put on him early, and exploited that advantage often. That helped him on the other end, as Sabonis constantly struggled to post up where he wanted. The Sixers cruised to a 19-point lead at the break.

Third Quarter

  • Just about the only Sixer who didn’t get in on the action offensively in the first half was De’Anthony Melton. He quickly remedied that, knocking down a couple of threes for his first points of the game. They were important shots too, as they killed a Kings run before it could get off the ground.
  • It felt like Nico Batum was due for one of these nights from downtown as well. He was shooting just 31.3% from three in his previous five games since returning from injury, but he knocked down his all four of his shots from beyond the arc tonight.
  • Philly’s offense would stall as the quarter progressed. They only made two field goals in the final 5:24 of the third. They were able to keep the Kings at bay during this stretch, holding a 14-point lead heading into the fourth.

Fourth Quarter

  • Order was restored when Harris checked back into the game, scoring seven of the team’s first nine points of the quarter. Not only was he punishing Sacramento from his usual spots, but he was crashing the glass as well. Three of his seven rebounds came on the offensive end of the floor.
  • It’s actually a good thing Bamba missed that dunk, because it just would have been cruel to wave off that dunk for an offensive foul. He nearly ended Harrison Barnes and got bonked in the face for his troubles, but he was called for the forearm after review. If it was any consolation, Bamba hit a three which pushed the lead to 25 a few possessions later.
  • Harris does not quite have the stat padding down to a tee like Embiid does. The team did force feed him quite a bit so he could get a career-high, but the three-pointer to push him to 40 points just wouldn’t fall.
  • The Sixers will stay here at home where they’ll welcome another Western Conference team to town. They’ll take on the Houston Rockets Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET.

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