In essentially a must-win rebound game, Matisse Thybulle and the Philadelphia 76ers shut down Buddy Hield and the Sacramento Kings. In a low scoring matchup, the Sixers led by as many as 17 points in a 97-91 victory. This allowed the Sixers to be one of four teams with a perfect record at home, moving to 8-0 at Wells Fargo Center.
Joel Embiid: 33 points, 16 rebounds, (only) three turnovers
Matisse Thybulle: 15 points (100% shooting, 3-3 from deep!), four steals, two blocks
Buddy Hield: 22 points, six rebounds, four assists
Embiid bounces back
After dropping a goose egg against the Toronto Raptors Monday night, Embiid rebounded in a big way. The big man posted 33 points and 16 rebounds (4 offensive boards!) in his route over former Sixer Richaun Holmes. Embiid opened up the game with a monstrous dunk over Holmes and didn’t look back. Embiid took advantage of the foul-driven Kings lineup, and got to the stripe 14 times, making 12 of those free throw attempts.
Player of the game: Matisse Thybulle
The entire game, rookie Matisse Thybulle dominated. The first-year guard out of the University of Washington showcased his defensive dominance over sharpshooting Buddy Hield. Thybulle posted four steals and two blocks, most of which came while guarding Hield. Meanwhile, the youngster posted a career-high 15 points. In those 15 points, Matisse shot a perfect 5-5 from the field, going 3-3 from deep.
When asked about how his offensive game is improving after the game, he gave full credit to his teammates:
I think the guys just put me in good positions to make shots. I didn’t do anything crazy, I just spaced the floor and they were able to find me and the shots fell.
Thybulle has the most potential out of anyone in the NBA and tonight he showed how he can make an impact down the line for the Sixers.
The Sixers head up to Madison Square Garden to play a Black Friday matinee matchup against R.J. Barrett and the New York Knicks Friday night at 7:30 p.m. In their first meeting, the Sixers edged out a 109-104 victory back on November 20th.
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