The Philadelphia 76ers finally returned to the basketball court last night, beating the Washington Wizards…
Devin Booker scored 35 and the red hot Phoenix Suns defeated the Sixers bench today 130-117. The Phoenix Suns remain undefeated inside the bubble.
Former 76ers Star Mikal Bridges added 24 points and Ricky Rubio had 16 points with 10 assists as the Suns pulled into a tie with Memphis, which began the day alone in 8th place in the West.
Phoenix pulled away late after leading only 105-102 following back-to-back baskets by Alec Burks, who led the 76ers with 23 points.
This game marked Alec Burks third straight game with 20 or more points for the Sixers – which tied his longest streak he held back in 2017. Fan favorite Raul Neto scored 20 points as well – which is the most he’s scored in a Sixers uniform. Kyle O’Quinn finished one point away from a triple-double. He had nine points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
With the exception of Shake Milton, the entire starting lineup was out today. Embiid, Horford, Simmons, and Harris were all dealing with injuries while Josh Richardson got the day off.
I don’t find these games fun. Sure, I guess we can give credit for the Sixers bench for trying hard but it was almost an impossible game to win given what was at stake for the Suns and how well they’ve been playing. I said before, these seeding games mean nothing for the Sixers. Expect more of the same as we close out the last 2 games before the playoffs.
Next Up: The Sixers will face the Toronto Raptors tomorrow night, before closing out the seeding games on Friday against the Houston Rockets.