By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia 76ers were looking to rebound after losing to the Miami Heat yesterday. They faced the short-handed Brooklyn Nets who were looking to get their second victory over Philly this season. Philly was not able to complete the comeback as a late-game offensive explosion doomed them 114-105.
Philly once again did not have it in the first quarter. They could not hit shots early in the game. They hung tough despite the early power outage. They were led by Joel Embiid (32-points) and Seth Curry (29-points) who combined for 61-points. The Nets had no answers for them as they carved them up no matter who was on them. They just needed more help in this game, and it never materialized.
Despite the offensive explosion from Curry and Embiid. The Nets took full advantage of Philly’s slow start. They were hitting their shots and Philly had no answers for their shooting. Kevin Durant scorched them. Philly had no answers for him. It did not matter who they put on him. He made them pay for daring to give him any room. He had an answer every time Philly went on a run and eventually made it close late in the game. However, Durant refused to let his team lose and he hit a clutch three-pointer which clinched this game for the Nets.
The Sixers will now get two days off to prepare for the New Orleans Pelicans. Philly will need to find a way to play better perimeter defense if they want to stop the shooting of the Pelicans. Additionally, they will need to not come out flat to start their games. They will need to improve on both things if they want to get their 16th win of the season.