In The Post: Sixers Defeat The Nets
In what already looked like a tough, physical game going in the matchup between the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets absolutely lived up to expectations. What a game between two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia (31-16) picks up their sixth win in a row behind a, 137-133 final score. Here’s what stood out:
- The Sixers were able to get the Nets in early foul trouble and were in the bonus by the seven minute mark, 11 for 11 with 6:35 on the clock in the 1st quarter. Four technical fouls, two on each club. Yeah… this was fun. One thing Philadelphia will have to learn so it won’t be a negative in the future is to not allow their emotions to get the best of them. It’s fine to show that you’re not a push over as a team. But can’t let it impact the game in a negative way. As for Joel Embiid, it showed for him in the first half as he went 4 for 11 from the floor for just 13 points plus a tech. Pressing.
- Tyrese Maxey and Shake Milton leading the second unit has been a fun watch when they’ve been on the floor together. For Maxey in particular, nothing has changed with his approach when he checks in. Its pressure, pressure, pressure all the way for the third-year guard. 16 points at the half for Maxey to lead the Sixers, including four made threes. Maxey finished with a team-high 27 on the evening.
- Brooklyn, who trailed by as much as 17, went to a lot of zone defense in the second half. It allowed them to get back in the game. Philadelphia seemed to get into their offensive sets late in the shot clock a lot on Wednesday night resulting in tough, rushed possessions. This game had a chance to get away from the Nets but you have to give them credit.
- Seth Curry was phenomenal against his former squad, netting a game-best 32. Wish he didn’t have to be included the Harden-Simmons deal, but…
- The Ben Simmons thing is too easy at this point, so we’ll just leave him out of this. It’s really just sad at this point. He went scoreless in the first half. Did play well in the third quarter scoring 12 points, but didn’t play a single second in the final frame. Assuming that was for free throw reasons. Who knows.
Philadelphia has won the two matchups this season over Brooklyn… both played at The Center. The next will be in Brooklyn at Barclays on February 11th as the Sixers look to take the season series.