Following a 123-111 road win over the Pistons (11-32) on Sunday afternoon, the 76ers (24-15) host Detroit for a return game on Tuesday night. Arriving at the midpoint of the NBA schedule this week, the Sixers have won 12 of their last 15 games.
Six 76ers scored in double figures last time out, led by Tyrese Maxey’s 23 points and an efficient, 28-minute triple-double from 10-time All-Star James Harden: 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. Harden is the lone Eastern Conference guard with multiple triple-double performances this season (Sunday and Dec. 23 vs. LAC).
“Every single guy that stepped on the floor was ready,” 76ers Head Coach Doc Rivers said. “It tells you how deep we are, and guys are buying into their roles.”
Joel Embiid (left foot soreness) and P.J. Tucker (non-COVID illness) did not suit up. The Pistons played without Jalen Duren (right ankle soreness), Isaiah Livers (right shoulder sprain), and Rodney McGruder (non-COVID illness), while Cade Cunningham (left tibia stress fracture) and Marvin Bagley III (right hand metacarpal fractures) remain out as well.
Tucker was upgraded to probable and Embiid was upgraded to questionable on the injury report as of Monday evening. Livers was listed as questionable on that report and Bojan Bogdanović – Detroit’s leading scorer averaging 21.0 points per game – is now out due to left calf soreness.
With a win, the Sixers will sweep the three-game season series with the Pistons. The first meeting was a 113-93 home result on Dec. 21. Both of the Pistons’ season-high turnover games were against the Sixers (23 on Sunday, 22 in Dec.).
Detroit’s Killian Hayes tied his career high with a game-high 26 points (11-17 fg, 4-8 3fg) on Sunday. Matisse Thybulle came away with a game-high five steals for the Sixers.
“It was a good team win,” Tyrese Maxey said postgame. “Defense was pretty good, we moved the ball well, and I think everybody competed hard. Everybody who played tonight and stepped on the court competed at a high level.”
“At this point, I think they were just passing it to him,” Maxey added about Thybulle’s steals total.
Tuesday is a 7 p.m. start in South Philadelphia.
Sunday’s Top Performances:
- Maxey scored a team-high 23 points (8-18 fg, 2-9 3fg, 5-6 ft) in 33 minutes.
- In his triple-double outing, Harden shot 7-for-14 from the field, 3-for-5 from 3-point range, and 3-for-4 from the foul line for his 20 points. He also collected a season-high-tying 11 rebounds, plus 11 assists (one turnover), and a block in just 28 minutes.
- Harden surpassed 24,000 career points in the contest.
- In 24 minutes as a starter for the sixth time this season, Harrell delivered a season-high 20 points (8-11 fg, 4-4 ft) on top of six rebounds, one assist, and one block.
- Over his last three games, Harrell holds averages of 18.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks in 25.0 minutes per game.
- Reed pulled down a career-high eight offensive rebounds en route to a 16-point, 12-rebound double-double.
- The former NBA G League MVP with the Delaware Blue Coats shot 6-for-7 in the game and 4-for-4 from the line, adding three steals in 24 minutes off the bench.
- In 20 minutes as a reserve, Niang finished with 14 points on 5-for-10 shooting overall, 3-for-8 from deep, and 1-for-1 at the free-throw line.
- Harris added 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting, plus four rebounds, two steals, and a game-high two blocks in 27 minutes of action.
Quote to Note:
76ers Head Coach Doc Rivers on James Harden and Montrezl Harrell’s two-man game:
“Montrezl has great hands and James knows it. They [Detroit] were really helping with Trezz on pick-and-rolls and we had shooting behind him. It was great.”