By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia 76ers were looking to rebound after being beaten by the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night. They faced a reloaded San Antonio Spurs squad that had revenge on their minds after being beaten by Philly earlier in the month. The Sixers were able to ride a late game offensive explosion to beat them 115-109.
Philly jumped on San Antonio from the opening tip. They were able to hit their shots early in the game. They were led by Joel Embiid who scored 16 of his 38-points by half-time. He got whatever he wanted against the Spurs they did not have anyone on their roster who could stop him. He made them pay for daring to give him space. Embiid has continued to be the playmaker and scorer that Philly needs. His scoring ability has continued to be a difference maker for Philly, and has allowed their shooters to have more room to operate. His passing ability has also been on display as well. He has continued to find the open man, making teams pay for daring to double him. This has allowed the Sixers to rocket up the Eastern conference standings.
Despite the offensive explosion from Embiid. The Spurs continued to fight and they cut the lead down to two-points late in the fourth quarter. They were led by Jakob Poeltl (25-points) and Dejounte Murray (19-points) who combined for 44 of the Spurs 109-points. They both made the Sixers pay for daring to give them space on the offensive end. They both got whatever they wanted from the field and Philly really had no answers for the two of them. They made defensive adjustments late in the game and started trapping them which forced a late-game turnover that sealed the deal for Philly.
The Sixers will now prepare for the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. They will need another balanced scoring night and another strong defensive performance to keep the Pelicans at bay. If they want to get their 28th victory of the season.