Sixers Get Back on Track With Win Over Thunder
After suffering an ugly loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night, the Sixers would be back in action on Saturday looking to erase it from their memory. They would head to Oklahoma City for a makeup game against the Thunder.
It is clear that the only thing the Thunder are competing for at this point is ping pong balls, and the Sixers would take advantage of that. They would take control of this game from the opening tip and never look back. When all was said and done, the Sixers would walk away with a 117-93 victory.
Joel Embiid struggled in Friday night's matchup but would have a stellar bounce-back performance against the Thunder. In just 27 minutes on the floor, he would score 27 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dish four assists, and block four shots. After a rare off night from the All-Star center, he looked like his dominant self again on the floor.
The other star of the night for the Sixers would be Furkan Korkmaz. Tobias Harris and Danny Green would both sit this game out, given Korkmaz the opportunity to play in the starting lineup. He would go on to be the team's second-leading scorer with 20 points and pick up a career-high five steals in the contest.
Ben Simmons would use this game as a chance to experiment with some new moves to his offensive game, taking multiple jump shots around the foul line area. He would go on to end the night with 13 points, three rebounds, and three assists.
The Sixers would see a familiar face on the opposing squad as Tony Bradley would suit up for the Thunder. He would come off the bench and record a double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. The former Sixer would also record three blocks in his 25 minutes of action.
This was a golden opportunity to get things back on track for the Sixers, and they did just that. From the opening jump, they came out and took care of business. Not to mention they were able to rest two starters and still pick up an easy win.
With this win, the Sixers move to 2-1 on their current road trip and 36-17 on the season. They are also now back in a tie with the Brooklyn Nets for first place in the Eastern Conference.
Looking ahead, the Sixers are off on Sunday and will be back in action on Monday. They will cap off this road trip with a nationally televised matchup against Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks.
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