Following a 133-103 road win over the Orlando Magic on Sunday night, the 76ers (11-9) return home to play the Atlanta Hawks (11-9) on Monday in the second half of a back-to-back for both teams.
Philadelphia’s 133 points Sunday marked their new season-high.
The Hawks lost the front end of their back-to-back at home,106-98, to the Miami Heat. John Collins (23 points, season-high 14 rebounds) and Trae Young (22 points, season-high 14 assists) each recorded a double-double in defeat, with 13 of Young’s points coming at the line (13-13 ft) on a 4-for-16 shooting night. Clint Capela (dental pain) missed his second consecutive game.
Young averages 28.2 points and 9.4 assists per game. All-Star teammate Dejounte Murray – who shot 5-for-16 against Miami – adds 20.8 points and 6.7 assists per contest.
The Hawks are 4-6 in their last 10 games and have lost two straight, while the Sixers have won seven of 10, including their last two – both in Orlando.
In the second win, the Sixers were again without Joel Embiid, James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Matisse Thybulle, and Jaden Springer due to injury. The team announced during the third quarter that P.J. Tucker (left ankle soreness) would not return to the game. The Magic played without five players and had two more leave with injuries in the second half.
Four Sixers posted season-high scoring totals in the victory: Shake Milton (game-high 29 points), Tobias Harris (25 points), Danuel House Jr. (19 points), and Furkan Korkmaz (17 points).
"Guys are stepping up,” House Jr. said postgame. “Names are being called. Guys are stepping up and showing that they’re forever ready. Our motto is ‘stay ready’ because it’s a ‘We’ Season. We all are just trying to come in and put it together and win games.”
The Sixers shot a sparkling 64.9 percent (50-77 fg) as a team. They connected on 11 of their 27 3-point attempts (.407), while also scoring a season-high 72 points in the paint (72-44 advantage).
“We came out and played with pace right out the gate and with that pace we were moving the ball,” Shake Milton said. “The ball was really hopping tonight. Everyone got a touch and everybody was able to get into a rhythm. Our defense really helped our offense. We were able to get stops and get the ball up and get some numbers.”
Milton averaged 25.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 8.7 assists during the three-game road trip.
Paolo Banchero scored a team-high 18 points (7-17 fg, 1-4 3fg, 3-6 ft) for the Magic on Sunday.
Newest Sixer Saben Lee made his team debut and scored down the stretch.
Monday’s meeting with the Hawks in South Philadelphia is a 7 p.m. start.
Sunday’s Top Performances:
- In a game-high 38 minutes of play, Milton reached his season-high 29 points on 10-for-13 shooting overall, 3-for-6 from 3-point range, and 6-for-6 from the foul line.
- Milton added five rebounds, a game-high seven assists, and one steal.
- Harris netted 18 of his season-high 25 points (10-14 fg, 2-2 3fg, 3-3 ft) in the first half. He also tallied five rebounds, five assists, two steals, and one blocked shot in 30 minutes of action.
Danuel House Jr.
- House Jr. dropped 12 of his 19 points in the third quarter of his season-best scoring night.
- The first-year Sixer shot 5-for-8 from the floor, 1-for-4 from deep, and 8-for-10 from the free-throw line in 25 minutes as a reserve.
- Korkmaz reached his season-high 17 points on 6-for-7 shooting – including a perfect 3-for-3 from long range – and a 2-for-3 total at the line. He added two rebounds, four assists, and a block in his 25 minutes off the bench.
- With 12 points (6-6 fg) and a career-high 13 rebounds, Reed notched a double-double in 30 minutes.
- The Orlando native also had three assists, one steal, and two blocks.
Quote to Note:
Danuel House Jr. on Shake Milton’s recent performances:
“He is playing. Playing the right way. The hole is as big as the beach. Keep shooting it. That’s the only thing we want him to do. Keep playing the way you have been playing.”