Sixers Dominate the Mavericks to end road trip 3-1 ahead of Wednesday Night vs Brooklyn
The Philadelphia 76ers moved to 37-17, atop of the Eastern Conference standings, thanks to a 113-95 victory against the Mavericks last in Dallas. After a 3-1 road trip, they will begin a four game home stand on Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets.
The Sixers winning formula is easy. Play tremendous defense, feed Joel Embiid, and knock down open perimeter shots. Last night, they followed that formula perfectly. The Sixers hit 12-of-31 three point attempts and held the Mavericks to 42.2 percent shooting from the field. Embiid scored 36 points on just 17 field goal attempts in 26 minutes of action. He battled through double and triple teams and shot 14-of-15 from the foul line.
Luka Doncic scored 32 points for the Mavericks but without his big man Kristaps Porzingis, the Mavericks didn’t have enough firepower to content with the 76ers. Furkan Korkmaz had another monster night, shooting 4-of-7 from three point range, matching a season high he set the previous game against OKC. Tobias Harris scored 10 points and Ben Simmons, along with his elite defense, scored eight points with six rebounds and seven assists.
Embiid lead the Sixers during a 10-1 run late in the first have to give his team a 60-45 advantage. The starters did not have to play in the fourth quarter for the second game in a row, which should keep them fresh ahead of Wednesdays game against the Nets. The Sixers would carry that lead into the third quarter and Embiid scored nine straight points with a three pointer included. Seth Curry drained a three of his own and just like that, the Sixers were up 72-55 and the game was essentially over.
The 76ers have played 10 of their past 12 games on the road. During that stretch, they have went 7-3 on the road and 8-4 overall. Embiid missed seven games. Seth Curry missed two games. Danny Green and Tobias Harris both missed a game, and they traded away Tony Bradley early during their last road trip. But still, the 76ers won games they were supposed to win and now are healthy heading into the final stretch of the season.
The Sixers are now in sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference. They will have today off to travel back home before their highly anticipated matchup against the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
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