By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia 76ers were looking to rebound after being cooked by the Golden State Warriors on Monday night. They faced the Phoenix Suns tonight. Philly had revenge on their minds, unfortunately a late game scoring surge allowed the Suns to pull it out 116-113.
It was looking good early on for Philly. They were able to impose their will on both sides of the ball. They were powered by center Joel Embiid. Who once again had to do it all for the team once again. He scored 18 of his 38-points by half-time. He was the defensive anchor for the team and had one block. Despite the effort of Embiid the team just did not have it outside of him.
The Sixers were able to stay close with the Suns because guard/forward Matisse Thybulle was able to effectively shutdown guard Devin Booker. Who usually tears the Sixers up. However, the length of Thybulle bothered him. He was held to only 19-points on 6/14 shooting.
On Thybulle’s defense on Booker, “I thought [Matisse] was unbelievable overall. I thought he chased [Devin] to exhaustion. I don’t know if anyone’s done a better job on Devin. Overall, I thought he was absolutely phenomenal tonight,” said Sixers Head Coach Doc Rivers.
Unfortunately for Philly, Chris Paul turned the clock back tonight. He scored 28-points and had seven assists. He was able to unlock the Suns shooters late in the game with his play-making ability. His passing unlocked a late 7-0 scoring run by Phoenix. That kept the Sixers at bay late in the game. They had no answer for the passing ability of Paul. He carved them up and led them to the victory.
The Sixers really missed Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris who missed tonight’s game. They may have at least one of the two back for their pivotal two-game series with the Milwaukee Bucks which starts tomorrow. Philly will need to unlock more scoring and better perimeter defense if they want to beat the Bucks in this series.