76ers dominate the OKC Thunder in much needed victory 100-87
In the midst of a crazy week the 76ers had the luxury of facing a pretty horrible Oklahoma City Thunder team last night at the Wells Fargo Center, taking care of business by a final score of 100-87.
Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris led the charge, combining for 65 points and ultimately being too much for the Thunder. Philadelphia locked in on the defensive end, holding OKC to just 87 total points amd putting themselves in a great position to win.
A low scoring half headlined by Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey who scored 13 and 11 points respectively, which got Philadelphia out to a lead. In a defensive battle the Sixers were able to get hold the Thunder to just 41 points and had just one player in double figures.
Philadelphia made just 1/8 shots from beyond the arc which made it difficult to open up the scoring, but the defensive presence of Joel Embiid helped them hold their early lead. Philadelphia had eight different players score in this half showing how versatile their offense can be, and while obviously anchored by Embiid, they found a way to put together a solid half without an outburst from one singular player.
Matisse Thybulle jumped out early in the second half with two steal right off the bat, creating consecutive offensive opportunities that led to scores for the 76ers. Philadelphia held a consistent lead throughout the remainder of the second half and held the Thunder at arm’s length for the remainder of the game.
Tyrese Maxey dominated as well creating the majority of the offense during the third and fourth quarter which helped lead the 76ers to victory.
Another 25+ point performance has locked Joel Embiid into 76ers history, closing in on Allen Iverson’s 2001 record of 27 straight games with 25 or more points. Tonight he drops 25 points and grabs 19 rebounds, even on a bad shooting night he was able to give the Thunder a solid scoring night.
Along with his press conference, Embiid’s defense stood out tonight with five blocks, proving that even when he isn’t a proficient scorer he can be extremely effective.
Making every Philadelphian happy, Tyrese Maxey has firmly put himself in group of stars on this Sixers team. He scores 24 points in this win, the second leading scorer on the team on 9/14 shooting and 2/4 from three.
Maxey’s skill and speed has given the 76ers a very necessary boost in games where they need an extra scoring player, and now he becomes a luxury with the addition of James Harden. He was a major foundation for the win tonight, and his ability to control the pace and score in a variety of ways makes for a very unique attack for the 76ers.
Philadelphia moves to 33-22 on the season which is just 2.5 games back of first place on the Eastern Conference. The Sixers take on the Cleveland Cavaliers tomorrow at home in their final game without James Harden.
Mandatory Credit: ESPN Stats & Info