Paul Reed Gameday Report 76ers Defeat Heat, Visit Dallas

76ers Defeat Heat, Head to Dallas to Meet Mavericks | Gameday Report 62/82

In the second half of a road back-to-back, the 76ers (40-21) head to Dallas to face Luka Dončić and the Mavericks (32-31) for the first time this season. The Sixers won Wednesday in Miami, 119-96.

Joel Embiid (left foot soreness) did not suit up in the most recent outing against the Heat. After an evenly played first quarter, James Harden — who scored 15 of his 23 points in the second quarter — and the Sixers opened things up for a 71-53 halftime lead. They made 11 threes in the first half and committed just three turnovers.

Tyrese Maxey led all scorers with 27 points, while Paul Reed notched the fifth double-double of his NBA career with 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.

“It felt amazing,” Reed said. “Honestly, coming into this game, I was taking it personally. We lost to this team in the playoffs last year and the other night. I really had a chip on my shoulder tonight, and I really wanted to prove a point.”

Thursday night in Dallas will mark the first meeting between the Sixers and Mavericks this season.

“It’s kind of cool, I get to see a lot of family,” said Maxey, a native of Garland, Texas. “It’s always great to see people that grew up watching me, like in high school and then all the way down to when I played my first basketball game at four [years old]. It’s going to be great to see them in the stands… Get to hang out with them a little bit. Life will be great.”

The Mavericks fell to the Pacers, 124-122, on Tuesday. Dončić, the leading scorer in the NBA — just 0.2 points per game (33.2) ahead of Embiid — posted 39 points in the loss.

Kyrie Irving is averaging 24.7 points and 6.9 assists over seven games played with Dallas.

Dāvis Bertāns is out with a left calf strain.

Thursday is a 7:30 p.m. Eastern start.

Wednesday’s Top Performances:

Tyrese Maxey

    James Harden

      Tobias Harris

        Paul Reed

          Shake Milton 

            @Sixers Social:

            Quote to Note:

            Miami Heat Head Coach Erik Spoelstra in between the two games against the Sixers:

            “It was an amazing environment up there in Philly… They are a team that is really tough to be disruptive against.”

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