Sixers Wild Come Back Win in Indiana
After a miserable three and a half quarters, the Sixers were able to mount a comeback in Indiana and come out with a 119-110 win. After seeing a 20-point deficit, the Sixers were able to complete an improbable revival that started on the defensive end. The charge was led by Matisse Thybulle and Furkan Korkmaz a little less than halfway through the 4th quarter and was stabilized by Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris throughout the game.
Two unlikely heroes tonight turned out to be Furkan Korkmaz and Matisse Thybulle, where the Sixers went on a 19-2 run late in the final quarter. Korkmaz finished the game with 17 points, and shot 3 of 5 from deep, and finished as a +26. Matisse even started to turn it on offensively, adding 8 points and, but his impact was mostly defensive. Thybulle’s activity on the defensive end of the floor where he snatched 4 steals and was a catalyst for the Sixers comeback.
Harris and Simmons
Tobias Harris continued his fantastic play, scoring a season-high 27 points on an efficient 10 of 19 from the floor. While it should start becoming normal, it is always nice to see Tobias play well, and his play as of late has been nothing short of All-Star caliber. Simmons is somehow always controversial, even in a game where he scored 21 points on 12 shots and added 7 assists and 4 steals. Ben has been able to rely on his defense, and tonight he was able to turn his defensive efforts into offense, carrying his aggression throughout the game.
Outside of Tobias and Ben, the Sixers starters did not play necessarily well. Discounting Simmons and Harris, the other three starters only combined for 17 points. As for the bench, led by Korkmaz and Thybulle, they combined for 54 points and proved to have the ability to pick up slack when the starting 5 struggled. Howard’s impact was felt again tonight where he scored 11 points, but more impressively grabbed 15 rebounds as well. It can’t be understated how much of a luxury it is to have a bench that can win you games.
Amidst their meltdown, the usual suspects still produced at a regular rate, Brogdon scored 25 and Sabonis added 21 points, Justin Holiday got in the mix with 17 points. The Pacers went scoreless in the last 6 minutes of the game.
The Sixers return to play Wednesday against Charlotte