By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia 76ers were looking to rebound. After a tough loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night, and rebound they did as they used another strong night from the field. To execute the Sacramento Kings 129-105.
From the opening tip-off Philly dominated the Kings. They hit eight three-pointers by half-time and forward Tobias Harris had a strong night. As he scored 21 of his 29-points by half-time. He got everything he wanted. He hit three three-pointers and was not just settling as he attacked the Kings defenders in the paint as well. By the middle of the third quarter, he was not needed as Philly went on a 16-2 scoring run to get out to a 33-point lead. Thanks to a strong scoring night from guards Danny Green (18-points) and Shake Milton (28-points). Both combined for 46-points.
On the team’s mentality, “I take that stuff personally when people say we can’t win without those guys,” said Harris.
Sacramento did not just roll over though. As they continued to attack Philly from the perimeter. Thanks to a strong night from guard Buddy Hield. He scored 23-points to pace the Kings and got whatever he wanted from the three-point line. It did not matter who Philly threw at him. He hit seven three-pointers. Philly’s perimeter defense kept his backcourt mate De’Aaron Fox in check which stifled Sacramento’s offense.
For Philly it was a good statement win after the loss to Milwaukee. They came out and had a wire-to-wire win. They did it without Ben Simmons who was a late game scratch with knee soreness. They will need more performances like this as thy have another week at least before center Joel Embiid may be cleared to return to the court.
On the win, “No Ben, no Joel, and no Seth, and we score 129 points? I think that says a lot about this team,” said 76ers Head Coach Doc Rivers.
They now head to New York tomorrow night to face the Knicks and will need another strong night on both sides of the ball. To keep the Knicks down and start their six-game road trip off right.