RING THE BELL! The 76ers finally take a W after a week of continuous L’s. They blew the OKC Thunder out of the water, 121-90!
This was a much-needed win for the Sixers, and they knew it. The games started out very close. There was a lack of effort on defense from the Sixers, which allowed the Thunder to stay with them; then the 2nd quarter came. Philly started playing incredible defense, which led to easy buckets on the other side. At halftime, we were sitting with a comfortable 15-point lead. Once the 2nd half came, Sixers did not take their foot off the gas. The best part? No starter played over 25 minutes. Guys like Tyrese Maxey, Paul Reed, Dwight Howard, Rayjon Tucker, and Isiah Joe among others were able to close out the game.
Again, what stood out most was the defensive play from Philadelphia. They had a total of 22 steals and 7 blocks compared to OKC’s 11 and 1. We also forced a whopping 30 turnovers.
Oklahoma City Thunder
If you’re the Thunder, what are you supposed to do in this situation? The youngest team in the league that sits near the bottom of the Western Conference had to go against an experienced Sixers’ team fighting for the top spot in the East. There was no doubt on how this game would pan out.
However, the Thunder must be credited for something, and that was their ability to capitalize off turnovers; OKC had 35 total points off turnovers, compared to Philly’s 19.
- Joel Embiid – 21 PTS | 5 REB | 3 STL
- Ben Simmons – 12 PTS | 3 STL | 2 BLK
- Tobias Harris – 11 PTS | 4 AST | 4 STL
- Darius Bazley – 14 PTS | 2 AST | 7 REB
- Ty Jerome – 22 PTS | 2 AST | 2 REB
- Moses Brown – 11 PTS | 1 AST | 8 REB
Overall, this was a great team performance by the Sixers, and we expected no less, going against this inexperienced Thunder squad. Let’s hope we can transfer the momentum onto Atlanta on Wednesday!