By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia 76ers were riding high after beating the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. They faced a game Sacramento Kings squad that was looking to stop their momentum. The Sixers were able to use a late-game offensive explosion to beat the Kings 103-101.
The game did not start out well for Philly, they could not hit a shot early in the game. Sacramento took full advantage as they were able to take full advantage of the early game power outage. They were led by Tyrese Haliburton who scored 38-points. He took full advantage of the increase workload because of the absence of De’Aaron Fox who missed the game because of a sore ankle. He made it rain from beyond the arc. He hit five three-pointers and made Philly pay for daring to leave him open. He single-handedly kept the Kings in the game. They had a 20-point lead and were threatening to run the Sixers off the floor.
Philly was able to make some half-time adjustments and were able to stifle the Kings in the second half. They doubled and trapped Haliburton to keep the ball out of his hands and make someone else beat them. The other Kings players could not make them pay for making that adjustment. The Sixers were able to get those shots to fall in the second half. Joel Embiid powered them, he scored 36-points and grabbed 12-rebounds. He made the Kings pay for daring to leave him open. Embiid got whatever he wanted from the field and made them pay for daring to double or triple team him by finding the open man. The biggest improvement in his game during this stretch for the Sixers has been his passing. He has been threading the needle to find the open man when opposing teams double him. That has helped the Sixers hit easier shots and get everybody else involved in the game. That has rocketed them up the standings in the Eastern Conference.
The Sixers will now prepare for a prime-time match-up on Monday night against the Memphis Grizzlies. Philly will need another balanced scoring night, and a better effort on the defensive end. If they want to stifle Ja Morant and get their 31st win of the season.