76ers cruise to another big win

Sunday Herald Sun - - Basketball -

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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