By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia 76ers were looking to rebound after falling to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. They faced a game Oklahoma City Thunder squad that was looking to extend Philly’s losing streak to two games. Philly was able to use a late game offensive explosion to massacre the Thunder 100-87.
Philly started the game a little flat. They were missing some shots early on, and the Thunder took full advantage of the Sixers early power outage. They gained an early lead; Philly was able to weather the early storm. They retook the lead by the end of the second quarter. They were led by Joel Embiid (25-points) and Tyrese Maxey (24-points) who combined for 49 of the Sixers 100-points and they got whatever they wanted from the field. It did not matter who the Thunder put on them they either were hitting shots from the perimeter or attacking the basket. The emergence of Tyrese Maxey has been a huge highlight of the Sixers season. He has continued to improve his shot from the three-point line and becoming more consistent. Which has increased the spacing on the floor. His ability to hit shots from beyond the arc will be more important now that the Sixers have traded Seth Curry, and his continued chemistry with Joel Embiid in the pick-and-roll should continue to be a problem for Philly’s opponents.
The Thunder continued to fight through out the game. They gave Philly a little scare in the game they used a late game offensive explosion to shrink the lead to 10-points. They were led by Derrick Favors who scored 16-points and hit some clutch shots to keep OKC in the game. However, Tobias Harris (17-points) hit a clutch three-pointer to keep the Thunder at bay.
Philly now will prepare to face the Cleveland Cavaliers tomorrow night. They will need another balanced scoring night to keep up with Cleveland’s backcourt. Additionally, they will need to improve their perimeter defense if they want to stifle the offense of the Cavs and get their 34th win of the season.