76ers take down Brooklyn in third preseason game, 115-104
What a night for the Philadelphia 76ers. After a slow start to the preseason, the Sixers steamrolled the Brooklyn Nets, winning 115-104. The end score makes this look much closer than it was, with the 76ers up by 27 at the end of the third quarter. Joel Embiid played very minimal time but looks to be in mid-season form already.
In just eight minutes, Embiid racked up 14 points and couldn’t be contained by anyone on the Nets’ roster. Without Simmons, Embiid having complete control of the paint surrounded by shooters is beautiful to watch. Furkan Korkmaz made his point guard debut and was phenomenal, knocking down four threes and a total of 27 points.
Isaiah Joe led the team in threes with five, continuing to capitalize on his dominant preseason showing. Andre Drummond came off the bench with 16 points and had an all-around great game. Everyone had a good showing tonight and didn’t look rusty from the offseason like most of them did against Toronto, which is a great sign.
Without a majority of the 76ers’ starting lineup, Paul Reed, Jaden Springer, and several of the other young guys could see extended time and took advantage of every second. Springer didn’t do great but was able to see decent time after being heavily limited against the Raptors.
For the Nets, Kevin Durant and James Harden played nearly a full game but couldn’t get the job done. Both players performed well but clearly didn’t go 100% due to it being the preseason. Philly will be seeing this team at full strength in about two weeks during the regular season.
During tonight’s game, Ben Simmons finally returned to Philadelphia and, hopefully, will be back with the team very soon. Simmons’ arrival was not expected based on the post-game press conferences, but Doc Rivers and Joel Embiid were both glad to have him back around. The 76ers have the next couple of days off before playing the Detroit Pistons in their final preseason game.
Mandatory Credit: NBC Sports
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