76ers Win Big Over Mavs

by Lauren Rosen

The 76ers (22-11) notched one of their more decisive victories of the 2020-21 season Thursday at The Center, topping the Dallas Mavericks (15-16) 111-97.

Fueled by a 36-21 advantage in the second quarter, the Sixers took a 59-43 lead into halftime and never looked back.

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons combined for 22 points in the second period alone.

Simmons, tasked largely with defending All-Star starter Luka Doncic, delivered on the defensive end - holding Doncic, who has averaged 28.9 points per game this season, to score 19 points on 6-for-13 shooting.

The Sixers forced 22 Dallas turnovers (leading to 22 points), and gave up just eight.

Key Contributors

  • Joel Embiid

    • Embiid totalled a game-high 23 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block. He got to the line 12 times (11 makes) in his 27 minutes of play.

  • Ben Simmons

    • Aside from his stellar defense on Doncic, Simmons tallied 15 points, three rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and a block. He shot 6-for-11 from the field.

  • Seth Curry

    • Facing his former team for the first time since joining the Sixers, Curry finished with 15 points, three rebounds, two assists, three steals, and a block, finishing at a game-high +17.

    • Curry converted on six of his nine field goal attempts, and all three of his attempts from deep.

  • Dwight Howard

    • Howard excelled off the bench, finishing with a bench-high 14 points, plus eight rebounds, an assist, a steal, and three blocks. He made six of his seven shot attempts.

Quote to Note:

Defense was the key.

Up Next:

The Sixers will host the Cleveland Cavaliers (12-21) Saturday at The Center for the game two of their four-game homestand. 

After losing 10 straight, the Cavs have won their last two: a 112-111 win over the Hawks Tuesday, and a 112-96 win over the Rockets Wednesday.

Collin Sexton leads Cleveland in scoring, averaging 23.1 points per game. Andre Drummond leads the Cavs on the boards, averaging 13.5 rebounds per game.

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