BOX SCORE Sunday night's blowout loss in Brooklyn was a bad one for Sixers, but a defeat Friday night would…
Sunday night’s blowout loss in Brooklyn was a bad one for Sixers, but a defeat Friday night would have been worse than anyone else this season.
Thus, Sixers issued a 133-132 overtime winnings to move to 8-5 and remained undefeated at home.
Sixers led 21 at a point in the third quarter, but left Charlotte back in the match. They just could not stop bleeding until it was too late – almost.
Kemba Walker had a shot to win it on Horn’s final possession of regulation, but Robert Covington forced him to a hard runner he could not hit.
JJ Redick’s halfway speaker at the summit was on line but came up shortly.
Meanwhile, Sixers took over Joel Embiid, and the great man delivered. Embiid had 42 points, 21
points in the fourth quarter and overtime.
• Embiid played as a MVP on Friday, making all the important gigs down the line to save Sixers from what had been a terrible loss.
His controversial pointer to tie it on 117 with 33.6 seconds left was a massive superstar shot.
• Although Sixer’s offensive was scratchy too much of the second half, Ben Simmons deserves a lot of credit to make things work again late in the fourth quarter and overtime. His driving and right-handed post on rookie Miles Bridges was a crucial role in overtime.
At Sixer’s next possession, Simmons again attacked the rim and made a foul and made one of his free throws . It is very encouraging on the big picture that he was willing to invite and shoot the free throws. Simmons had 22 points, 13 assistances and three sales.
• Dario Saric’s best night’s season in Wednesday’s victory over Pacers does not seem to be a deviation. He walks into his bracket with noticeable self-confidence now.
After shooting 23.2 percent from the three-point range in the first 11 games of the season, Saric has made 8 of his last 14.
• Wilson Chandler was limited to 15 minutes for the second straight game, but he played well in his time on the floor, with eight points and five rebounds. Brett Brown said he hopes Chandler will be able to play on Saturday night’s game in Memphis.
“It’s just a cutting-edge kind of thing, get your rhythm back to one thing instead of just killing me out there.” Chandler told the NBC Sports Philadelphia pregame about his continued minute limitation. “Healthy, my hamstring and everything is good.”
Brown is a fan of Chander’s versatility, as the veteran showed Friday night and watched Kemba Walker in his first step. Chandler is a skilled defender. Outside of Ben Simmons, there is not really anything you can say about another Sixer.
He beat off a few small milestones, making his first pointer as a Sixer and also throwing away his first dunk.
• Chandler’s dunk was one of several games where Sixers easily beat the Horn’s defense into the floor under others quarter. Charlotte coach James Borrego identified the transition world as a priority pregame, but his team was bad in that regard.
It’s impossible to stop an explosive athlete of Simmon’s caliber when you let him be transition-free. Sixers had 21 quick spots in the first half.
• Markelle Fultz’s free throw shooting form was applicable on Friday night. Fultz managed to make 3 to 6 free throws, but it was a big hitch in his shot. It looked as though he pushed the ball against the rim. Given Fultz’s history, there is obviously something to keep an eye on.
• With Mike Muscala lateral for at least one week with cracked nose and facial slack, Jonah Bolden saw his first NBA action since October 30th. The ball has gone back and forth several times between Sixers and Delaware Blue Coats, the team’s G League affiliate.
The ball put in their two matches with Blue Coats a combined 40 points and 31 rebounds.
The ball emptied a nice rhythm three with 1.7 seconds left in the first quarter. He had five points and four rebounds in 10 minutes
Amir Johnson played only five minutes, the third straight game he had been for seven minutes. If Johnson continues to see its role reduced, there should be more chances for the ball.
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