76ers handle business in OKC, win 115-103
The 76ers get their second win of the season in Oklahoma City tonight by the final score of 115-103. The Sixers maintained the lead for the majority of the game and had control from start to finish. Oklahoma City, led by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, made a late push but Philadelphia was able to hold on to their lead and secure the victory.
Seth Curry went nuclear in the first quarter to get things rolling for the 76ers. Curry had 23 points (8-10 FG, 6-7 3PT FG) in the first quarter which was good for a career high in a single frame. Curry ended up hitting the dagger with under a minute left in the game to finish with 28 points. He went on to be the team’s leading scorer, and this is the type of performance we have become accustomed to seeing from Seth dating back to last year’s playoffs.
Joel Embiid came into the night as questionable to play, but with Andre Drummond ruled out, as well has Shake Milton (ankle), Ben Simmons (personal), and Grant Riller (knee), the big fella powered through right knee soreness that’s bothered him since the season opener against New Orleans. Embiid ended up having a solid night with a stat line of 22/9/6 in 33 minutes of action. It seemed like Embiid was nursing his knee pretty heavily, but was been able to hold down the fort even while slightly hobbled. With a statement making block and a few three pointers, Embiid was still himself despite his physical limitations. With No Drummond, Reed played the majority of the backup center minutes, recording two points, five rebounds, and two assists in 10 minutes.
Tyrese Maxey: 14 PTS (4-13 FG)
Danny Green: 11 PTS (4-6 FG, 3-5 3PT FG)
Tobias Harris: 14 PTS (7-14 FG), 9 REB, 5 AST
The Thunder are clearly not a contending team, nor are they trying to be, but the 76ers handled them pretty convincingly tonight. Up next, Philadelphia will head to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night to face the New York Knicks. From there, they will return home for the next four games on the schedule against the Pistons, Hawks, Blazers, and Bulls.
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