A huge win to start a huge 12-game stretch right before the All-Star break.
Thanks to a 38 assist performance on 46 field goals, it was a team effort by the Sixers to beat the Pacers 120-96. Jimmy Butler led the way with 27 points, eight assists, five rebounds, and three steals.
Joel Embiid also had a strong night with 22 points, 13 rebounds, and eight assists despite being questionable due to back tightness and battling it throughout the game. Would be interesting to see if he misses any games during this stretch because of that.
Ben Simmons also had a near triple-double with 11 points, eight assists, and eight rebounds.
It marked a great start for the stretch that will define who the Sixers are and what they will look like for the playoff run. But one game is obviously a small sample. Their next seven games are against Western Conference teams, with six of them currently in the top eight (Sacramento is 10th in the conference). While the first three games are home, the next four are on the road, and potentially colliding with the return of LeBron James to the Lakers.
As for the team’s next game, it’s against the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday afternoon at 3:30 PM on ABC.
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