Philadelphia 76ers Gameday Report presented by NJM: 76ers start road trip in New Orleans

76ers Begin Road Trip Against Pelicans in New Orleans | Gameday Report 18/82

The 76ers (12-5) are back on the road, set for a two-game trip at New Orleans (9-9) Wednesday, and Boston (13-4) Friday.

The visit with the Pelicans offers the Sixers an opportunity for their third consecutive win, on the heels of a dominant 138-94 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers (10-8) Monday in South Philadelphia.

It was another strong night for Joel Embiid (30 pts, 11 reb, 11 ast) and Tyrese Maxey’s (31 pts, 3 reb, 8 ast) growing chemistry.

“It's fun,” Embiid said postgame of his partnership with Maxey. “I love playing like that, in the two-man game. It's just fun, just passing the ball around until you find whatever is open."

Maxey agrees:

“He’s been on me to be aggressive. He’s helped me a lot,” Maxey said of Embiid. “My job now is to try to push him to be even better every single night. That’s what I try to do.”

As of Tuesday evening, Embiid continues to lead the NBA in scoring per game (32.0 ppg) and overall (512 pts). Maxey is 12th in the league in assists (6.9 apg), and 13th in the NBA in scoring (26.6 ppg). Nico Batum is second in the league in 3-point percentage (50.0%).

Also as of Tuesday, the Sixers hold the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference, tied record-wise with the Magic and Bucks. The Pelicans are No. 9 in the West.

OPPONENT OUTLOOK

The Pelicans have lost their last two - a pair of games at Utah on Saturday and Monday. Monday’s meeting was a narrow loss, falling 114-112 to the Jazz.

Zion Williamson led the way for New Orleans Monday, finishing with 26 points, four rebounds and seven assists. Brandon Ingram added 25 points, four rebounds, and five assists in the matchup, while Jonas Valanciunas notched a 14-point, 13-rebound double-double.

Ingram is the Pelicans’ leading scorer this season thus far, averaging 24.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game. Williamson is averaging 23.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game. 

MONDAY’S KEY PERFORMANCES

  • Joel Embiid
    • Embiid recorded his sixth career triple-double, finishing with 30 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, a steal, and a block. He shot an efficient 9-for-15 from the field, 2-for-3 from deep, and 10-for-12 from the foul line in 31 minutes of play.
  • Tyrese Maxey
    • Maxey scored a team-high 31 points, plus three rebounds, eight assists, and a steal in 36 minutes.
  • Marcus Morris Sr.
    • Morris led the bench unit with 16 points, shooting 6-for-8 from the field and a nearly-perfect 4-for-5 from long range.
  • Patrick Beverley
    • Beverley recorded 12 points, six rebounds, and three assists in a bench-high 24 minutes of play.
  • Nico Batum
    • Batum totalled 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals. He shot 4-for-7 from the field and 2-for-3 from 3-point territory.

UNIFORMS

The Sixers are expected to wear their white Association Edition uniforms, while the Pelicans are slated to wear their navy blue Icon Editions.

FOLLOW ALONG

Wednesday’s matchup is scheduled to tip at 8 p.m. ET.

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QUOTE TO NOTE

Embiid on his growing chemistry with Maxey, after their combined 61-point performance Monday:

"He’s been great all season. He’s just getting better at understanding the pace of the game. Tonight, I never felt like we got rushed, especially in our two-man action. 

It kind of reminds me of what me and JJ (Redick) had, that combination - but obviously he’s better attacking the rim, and he can put it on the floor. And he’s a great shooter, so that’s a great combination.”