Sixers Finish Preseason With Win Over Pacers
The Sixers went on the road to play their second and final preseason game against the Pacers. Despite not having the services of Joel Embiid, the Sixers would still pull out the win by a final score of 113 to 107.
With no Embiid it was up to Ben Simmons to lead the charge for the Sixers, and he did just that. He filled the entire stat sheet, finishing with nine points, five rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and two blocks. Simmons was aggressive on both sides of the floor and even attempted a three-point shot.
Dwight Howard was inserted into the starting lineup and continued to show that he will be a key addition for the Sixers. He finished with 14 points, did not miss a single shot attempt, and provided great defense at the rim.
The second unit was a major standout for the Sixers in this one. Four of the five players that broke double figures for the Sixers came off the bench. Shake Milton led the charge off the bench with 15 points and five assists. Furkan Korkmaz (14), Mike Scott (12), and Tyrese Maxey (11) would also provide solid scoring off the bench.
Along with their scoring, the bench unit also carried the load shooting from deep. Milton, Scott, and Korkmaz accounted for 10 of the team's 11 made threes in the game. Danny Green was the only starter to knock down a shot from deep.
One area that the Sixers struggled in tonight was turnovers. The Sixers gave away the ball 26 times in this game compared to just 12 turnovers from the Pacers. There was a lot of careless passing that led to multiple extra possessions for Indiana.
The Sixers now have two wins under their belt, and a few areas that they need to address on both sides of the floor. They have five days to prepare as the real action tips off on the 23rd against the Wizards in the regular season opener.