The 76ers (0-3) will look to break into the win column Monday, hosting the Indiana Pacers (1-2) on Penn Medicine Court to close their three-game homestand.
Saturday’s meeting with the San Antonio Spurs (2-1) was a back-and-forth affair featuring 10 lead changes and 12 ties. The Sixers ultimately fell, 114-105, in the final minutes.
Joel Embiid led the field with a 40-point, 13-rebound double-double. Devin Vassell led San Antonio with 22 points and four rebounds, while Keldon Johnson added 21 points, and eight boards.
“It’s a long season, obviously tonight doesn’t feel good for anybody,” Georges Niang said postgame. “But that can’t stop you from growing, and working through what you have to work through to get what you want.”
“We’re going to have to continue to keep sacrificing, keep working, and keep getting better.”
Tobias Harris echoed Niang:
“They’ve been disappointing losses for us. But this is a marathon. For us, it’s just about keeping our heads high, but also we do have to figure it out, figure out ways to be better out there and take over a game.”
Following Monday’s matchup, the Sixers will depart Tuesday for their first multi-stop road trip of the season. The team will visit the Raptors (1-2) on both Wednesday and Friday, the Chicago Bulls (1-2) Saturday, and the Washington Wizards (2-0) Monday.
Monday’s matchup tips at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Saturday’s Key Contributors
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The Pacers (1-2) notched their first win of the season Saturday versus Detroit, 124-115.
Sixth overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft Bennedict Mathurin led the way for Indiana, finishing with 27 points, seven rebounds, and two assists.
Tyrese Haliburton notched a 24-point, 10-assist double-double in the victory, while Goga Bitadze added a 14-point, 15-rebound double-double.
Daniel Theis (right knee soreness) and Myles Turner (left ankle sprain) are out Monday for Indiana.