Last night the Sixers took down the Celtics 111-99 in what was a great team win. Joel Embiid played great on both sides of the ball despite not getting the franchise record. Tyrese Maxey was phenomenal as he shot 5-7 from 3 and finished with 23 points. To make it all the more impressive Maxey also finished with 0 turnovers. Tobias Harris finished with 17 though his efficiency struggles have continued. Seth Curry also finished with 17 on much better shooting splits than Harris. It’s really refreshing to see Embiid get some help especially in a much needed bounce-back win.
Embiid started off cold but in the second half he started to heat up. In the 3rd quarter Embiid had 12 points that gave the Sixers much needed momentum to keep the lead. He came back into the game in the 4th quarter very briefly when the Celtics started gaining momentum. Unfortunately, he hit one 3 and just kept passing the ball. Because of his unseflishness he was unable to get the franchise record for most consecutive games with 30+ points. That being said he is tied with Sixers legends Allen Iverson and Wilt Chamberlain, not bad company to be in.
Matisse Thybulle took a scary fall after a dunk in transition. It was eventually called a flagrant 1 foul on Dennis Schroder. Tissue stayed in the game and hit a 3 but after leaving he didn’t return for the rest of the game. He played some amazing defense last night finishing with 5 steals and 2 blocks. If that isn’t defensive player of the year material, then I don’t know what is.
Tobias Harris’s shooting struggles continued last night as he only shot 1-6 from 3 and 7-15 from the field. While that isn’t a horrible FG%, it certainly isn’t great and the 16.7% from 3 is god awful. The trade rumours have been heating up and it looks like Harris could very possibly be on the move. The trade deadline isn’t too far away so we should expect some big news on that soon enough.
This was a great team win but they can’t celebrate for long. The Sixers take on the 2nd of back to back games tonight as they play the Heat in Miami at 8:00pm est. The Sixers have won 8 of their last 10 and will be hoping to make it 9 of their last 10 tonight. They sit 3.5 games back from the #1 seed in the East and 1.5 games back behind the Bucks in 4th place. Let’s hope we get to watch yet another Sixers win tonight but for now, clap your hands, and go Sixers!