Joel Embiid: 20
Tyrese Maxey: 9
Seth’s Curry: 8
Tobias Harris: 3
Andre Drummond: 3
Matisse Thybulle: 2
Furkan Korkmaz: 1
Charles Bassey: 1
LeBron James was out with knee pain. That left Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook to try for a big road win in Philadelphia on Thursday. But they should figure out how to do what no other team has been able to do lately, and that’s stop Joel Embiid. Embiid is on a historic run, and despite Davis’ best efforts, scoring a game-high 31 points, to go with 12 boards and four blocks, it wasn’t enough. The Sixers won hands down, 105-87. It’s their 13th win in their last 16 games. They’re as hot as any basketball team and no one in the league outperforms Embiid right now.
Let’s ring a chime.
Joel Embiid: 26 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal
It was one of those games where it didn’t feel like Embiid was playing his best, but then I looked at the box score and he totally filled it in. The Lakers seemed determined in this one to have the other players beat them, so they sent out plenty of double teams. But Joel could often see them arriving ahead of time and still found the man open.
At one point in the third quarter, The Process indicated where they wanted Georges Niang to go. Then he pulled the double he knew would come. Sure enough, Niang opened up and Embiid kicked him out for a big Minivan triple. He saw the whole game unfold before he even made his move.
There were a few moments in that third quarter it looked like Embiid was grimacing a bit, following a hard foul from Carmelo Anthony. Joel admitted he’s been tired lately, so the Sixers may want to find a game to give their franchise player some rest before the All-Star break, as he won’t be resting this game.
Tobias Harris: 23 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 3 of 5 from range
Tobias Harris quietly plays his best ball of the season and it’s a breath of fresh air. Harris dropped 33 points in a win over the Pelicans on Tuesday. He was in his bag again keeping defenders on his hip and doing short pull ups or taking the quick threes when he was there.
Tobias Harris on his last 5 games:
– 6.8 RPGs
– 3.8 APG
– 52.1% FG
– 54.5% 3P
— Kevin McCormick (@KevinMcCNBA) January 26, 2022
Matisse Thybulle: 8 points, 4 steals, 1 block
I could have put Georges Niang here because he had 14 points off the bench, draining 4 of 6 from deep. But every time a player gets five blocks or steals in total, that’s pretty impressive to me. And looking at this game, some of them from Matisse were straight wow variety.
Thybulle played his typical stalwart defense, he made flashy play creating turnovers for dunks, and he continues to improve as a cutter on offense. Matisse finding ways to contribute to the half-court offense made Doc Rivers more confident, leaving him in places he might have benched him in the past.
Embiid also deserves a lot of credit for this, his improvement as a passer opens up a new dimension for Thybulle offensively.
Tyrese Maxey: 14 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks
Tyrese Maxey doubled in the points and assists categories, hitting a career-high 10 cents against the shorthanded Lakers.
In recent games, Maxey has made a good percentage of his threes and has been able to create for his teammates. He will only grow in popularity in this dressing room if this continues. He has 29 dimes in his last four games.
This combination, if continued, in addition to his already solid finishing and transitioning game, could well propel him into this most improved player conversation.
Below, Maxey sees the open shooter Niang, even before he catches the pass and is able to redirect it quickly for a smooth transition:
Good extra pass from Maxey, the Sixers get a save and a point Embiid brings the ball upfield and hits Maxey who does a great job of catching then swinging it to Niang for a clean three. pic.twitter.com/31w61sHQDm
— Mo Dakhil (@MoDakhil_NBA) January 28, 2022
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