Sixers improve to 10-1 at home!
While it definitely got a little bit dicey there at the end, the Sixers ultimately scraped together yet another impressive home victory. Knocking off the defending champion LA Lakers by way of a Tobias Harris game-winner (107-106), the Sixers were able to really send a statement to the rest of the NBA.
Tobi looking like an All-Star
The lasting hero in tonight’s matchup, Tobias Harris stepped up in a major way. Not only did he pour in 24 points and 7 rebounds on 10-16 shooting, but he of course was the one to answer the call when it came to taking the final shot in regulation.
Receiving the ball at the top of the key, down one, with just a couple seconds left on the clock, Harris drove into the paint and elevated with a smooth pull-up jumper. He obviously drained the shot, capping off what was yet another great game for the veteran forward.
As of right now, Harris is undoubtedly deserving of an All-Star game appearance.
Ben Simmons silencing some critics.
Ben Simmons always seems to play just a little bit harder when it comes to LeBron and the LA Lakers, and tonight was no different. Simmons finished the evening with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. It was his 31st career triple-double and his third of this season.
While there’s definitely some more production that can be drawn out of Ben, he very much looked like a star tonight. There were plenty of moments where his creativity and floor vision paced the Sixers’ offense to success.
Is the Joel Embiid vs Anthony Davis debate over…?
The most anticipated matchup heading into tonight’s ballgame, we ultimately didn’t see a whole ton of Embiid vs AD tonight. Davis spent much of his time guarding the likes of Tobias Harris, while Embiid cooked Marc Gasol and Montrezl Harrell down low.
Embiid finished with 28 points and was an impressive 11-13 from the free throw line. Davis only scored 23.
JoJo is now 4-1 all-time in games played against the Lakers PF/C. Kinda feels like that often discussed debate is starting to come to a conclusion.
The Sixers continue to sit alone at the top of the Eastern Conference, as they improved their record to a strong 13-6 after tonight’s win. Their next game is on Friday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire