Key takeaways from 76ers statement win over the Orlando Magic
Last night’s game against the Orlando Magic was a statement win. After a scrappy, comeback win against the Toronto Raptors earlier in the week, the 76ers took the court last night and dominated the 4-0 Orlando Magic on both ends of the court, winning the game by a score of 116-92. The Sixers were up 75-40 at halftime.
Perimeter shooting returns
One of the bigger issues to start the season was the lack of perimeter shooting. Although that issue was expected to be temporary, the Sixers erased any doubt along the perimeter last night vs the Magic. Philly finished shooting 45% from deep and starting lineup shot 61% overall.
Seth Curry led the way shooting 5/7 from 3 and Tobias Harris made 3 of his 4 from deep. This season Curry is shooting 52% from 3 and Harris is 46%. While that is a small sample size and will likely go down, it is a fantastic start for the Sixers. Ben Simmons also dropped the ball early and took us into 2021 with a beautiful three pointer.
Matisse has been found
The disappearance of Matisse Thybulle was one of the more upsetting storylines so far this season. With Furkan Korkmaz going down due to an adductor strain, it allowed Thybulle to make a name for himself once again. Thybulle had 9 points and shot 2/4 from deep with two blocks and a steal. Defensively, Thybulle is always solid. The biggest takeaway last night was Matisse on offense, where he was finally looking to take shots and get more involved while the Sixers had the ball. Hopefully, he can continue to improve on last night’s performance over the next two weeks while Korkmaz recovers and cement a spot in this rotation.
Tobias Harris here to stay?
Tobias Harris has been one of the more controversial Sixers the last few seasons and negative chatter continued at the start of this season. After a weak start against Washington, Harris has impressed shooting over 50% from the field and 40% from 3 in four straight games. Against Orlando, he had 20 points total and grabbed 9 boards and a block. In Doc’s system, Harris continues to look far more comfortable and confident in his game and hopefully can continue to be the third star the Sixers need.
The 76ers will now enter 2021 with a 4-1 record. They will host a home and home against the Charlotte Hornets tomorrow and January 4th before hosting the Wizards again on January 6th. Be sure to stay tuned to The Liberty Line for all of your 76ers updates.
Mandatory Credit: Phelan M. Ebenhack AP