Tonight, the Sixers defeated the Chicago Bulls on the road, 106-94.
In the second game on a strange road from San Antonio to Chicago, back to back, for three quarters, the Sixers seemed destined to reach an easy victory. This was particularly encouraging, given that the outbreak will result in lower minutes than the team’s stars, who played at least 34 minutes a night before winning the overtime spurs.
Unfortunately, the Sixers’ reserves had other plans.
As Doc Rivers started the final frame without starting the game – leading by even 20 –
At the time of the victory, Joel Embiid was quite poor in attack – a shocking sight among his MVP-worthy campaign. The big man scored only 13 points on 4/13 of the field, adding 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks. He, of course, had a high match +29.
Seth Curry has continued his excellent game lately with 20 points in a 7/10 shot, and his partner from the back Danny Green collected 14 points. Due combined for shooting 7/14 beyond the arc.
Much credit goes to Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris, who both recovered from shoddy performances in San Antonio to bolster the Sixers’ victory. Simmons scored 15 points in 6/7 shooting with 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks. Harris scored 21 points in a remarkable 10/13 shot.
In the category “Reasons why the starters had to re-enter”, the Sixers bench was combined -68 at night. Mike Scott was an impressive -13 in just 5 minutes. George Hill had a poor run with just 5 points, 1 assist and 3 turnovers, and Dwight Howard was -15 in his 14 minutes on the court.
Matisse Thybulle blocked a shot and stole a pass from the same possession, ending the night with 3 blocks and 2 stolen cards.
Furkan Korkmaz came out after only 5 minutes due to a sprained ankle.
Victory is victory, as they say, but the shame of the fourth-quarter crash was that Simmons, Harris and Embiid had to play at least 33 minutes in a game that really had to be laughed at all the time.
Oh well, to the next one.
The next for the Sixers is another trip west against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.