76ers cruise to another big win
PHILADELPHIA continued its excellent NBA form with an even team performance to dismantle Washington 123-98 yesterday.
Joel Embiid (16 points and 15 rebounds), Australian star Ben Simmons (13 points, 10 assists) and T.J. McConnell (15 points) all pitched in to lift the 76ers to 12-1 at home and 16-8 for the season, keeping the pressure on Eastern Conference leaders Toronto and Milwaukee.
The 25-point win followed a season-high 26-point home victory against New York a day earlier.
Philadelphia had taken large leads in many wins this season before taking the foot off, but these two results are a promising sign.
“It’s great for Embiid said.
“Early in the season we had problems (holding large leads) — I’m hoping we corrected it.”
Bradley Beal had 19 points for the Wizards, who will be without Dwight Howard for two to three months after spinal surgery on Friday.
Starter Otto Porter Jr also missed the match, for personal reasons.
“They outplayed us,” Washington coach Scott Brooks said.
“They’re a talented team — you have to have your entire roster to give yourself the best chance.”
The first half was full of highlights for Philadelphia, which led 68-46 at the break.
Embiid drained a threepointer after a no-look, between-the-legs pass from Simmons early on.
Simmons finished a drive with a dunk after a no-look, over-the-shoulder dish from McConnell and then brought the house down with an alleyoop jam after an assist from Furkan Korkmaz.
“They were making shots, moving much faster than us,” Brooks said. “They were clicking.” Philadelphia led by 35 in the third quarter before Simmons and Embiid were rested in the last quarter.
“That was a good team effort,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. the team,”
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