The Philadelphia 76ers looked quite great for a team that promises to be however figuring matters out.
Good ample to close a 19-sport shedding streak to the Thunder.
Tobias Harris scored 32 points and Ben Simmons experienced a triple-double to assistance the 76ers beat Oklahoma City 108-104 on Thursday night time, ending the NBA’s longest lively profitable streak by a single team above yet another.
Harris, obtained before in February in a offer with the Los Angeles Clippers, posted his maximum issue whole in 8 games with the 76ers. Philadelphia desired his offense mainly because center Joel Embiid, the league’s No. 6 scorer, skipped his fourth straight sport with left knee soreness.
The 76ers did fine, dropping 33 assists on 42 baskets. Harris thinks they could possibly have truly overdone it with the passing at periods.
“There were a couple performs there in the fourth quarter exactly where we could have created the straightforward play and we would have been fine with,” Harris claimed. “But I feel as a ‘we’ team, we’re just making an attempt to really feel every other out and make excess passes. Sometimes tonight, I felt we really should have went for the less complicated play. It truly is not negative, even though.”
Philadelphia gained in Oklahoma City for the very first time. The 76ers’ very last victory experienced been at residence in 2008 in the Thunder’s very first visit right after shifting from Seattle.
Simmons concluded with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for his ninth triple-double of the season.
Russell Westbrook posted his 25th triple-double of the season with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, but he created 8 of 24 shots. Jerami Grant added 23 points for the Thunder, who dropped their third straight.
Thunder forward Paul George, the league’s No. 2 scorer, sat out with soreness in his proper shoulder. Thunder coach Billy Donovan claimed ahead of the sport that George was injured during a loss at Denver on Tuesday night time.
The 76ers led by 16 in the very first 50 % and were up 60-49 at the crack.
“I assumed we obtained some great appears, we just didn’t shoot the ball specially perfectly in the very first 50 %,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan claimed. “I assumed when we performed nearer to the basket on write-up-ups, that assisted us get again into the sport.”
The Thunder slice their deficit down to two late in the third, but the 76ers dealt with the surge and led 86-79 heading into the fourth.
The 76ers led by two with 2.1 seconds left and scarcely obtained the ball inbounds. JJ Redick created two free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining to set the sport out of arrive at.
“We’re finding there,” Harris claimed. “Obviously, you can find however time. There is matters that we have however obtained to operate on. But there were some seriously great spurts out there on the ground with us actively playing the proper way.”
76ers: Grant, who started his occupation in Philadelphia, created 10 of 17 shots and experienced six rebounds. … Jonah Bolden, a rookie from Australia, matched a season large with 14 points on 6-of-7 taking pictures.
Thunder: Totally free agent pickup Markieff Morris obtained his very first start with the Thunder. It was just his fourth sport with Oklahoma City. He concluded with 17 points in 19 minutes. … It was the 129th triple-double of Westbrook’s occupation.
Westbrook went 1 for 9 from 3-issue selection. He entered the night time taking pictures 27 p.c from deep for the season.
“He’s excellent downhill,” Simmons claimed. “I might rather give that up — him taking pictures jumpers — than attacking and driving by means of the lane.”
HE Claimed IT
Thunder guard Dennis Schroder on if the Thunder are worried about their shedding streak: “Hell no. We’re in the third location. We didn’t have P (George), who is the MVP in my opinion this season. We experienced folks step up from the bench. When we play the proper way, ain’t nobody can beat us.”
Westbrook caught a knee in the midsection from Bolden and a knee to the head from Amir Johnson during the sport. He shook off both incidents and performed 37:32.
76ers: Host the Golden Point out Warriors on Saturday.
Thunder: Visit the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.
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