Short-Handed 76ers Beat Portland
Philadelphia entered the game tonight with Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris inactive and even lost Danny Green early in the second half but were still able to pull out a victory 113-103.
A total team effort led the 76ers to the win with seven different players in double figures. Seth Curry had another great night, dropping 23 points on 10-17 from the field. Curry stepped up specifically in the fourth quarter and showed that he can be a closer when asked to be.
Georges Niang was massive in the win, adding 21 points off the bench along with great defense. Niang’s versatility defensively and his high basketball IQ could end up granting him more minutes throughout this season.
Andre Drummond proved to be a quality replacement starter for Embiid, nearing a triple-double in tonight’s contest with 14/15/7. It is a calming sign to see that Embiid can take the night off, and the second center doesn’t fall apart with a more significant role.
The 76ers improve to 5-2 on the year, and Damian Lillard’s Blazers fall to 3-4. Philadelphia finishes up their homestand on Wednesday against the Chicago Bulls.
Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher | USA TODAY Sports