Game Preview | Back in Brooklyn

by Lauren Rosen

Following an important win against the Knicks Saturday, the 76ers (28-16) continue their tour of NYC by visiting the Brooklyn Nets (18-23) for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee. 

Tobias Harris (15 pts, 8 reb, 3 ast) delivered the game-winner Saturday at The Garden - a quick 3-pointer off a Ben Simmons inbounds pass with 28.2 seconds remaining.

Simmons (21 pts, 7 reb, 8 ast, 2 stl) applauded Harris postgame.

“He’s been locked in - being aggressive, taking shots. He’s a great player.”

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Brett Brown has looked for Harris to continue attacking as a scorer, and Harris has delivered consistently.

“I always want to take over,” Harris said. “That’s part of my game, being a scorer, is being able to find mismatches and plays to take over. If I’m put in those positions to make things happen, I can do a lot of damage.”

The Sixers held the Knicks to just 87 points in the matchup, rising to 13-1 in games when holding opponents to fewer than 100 points.

“I thought our defense really fueled us. We did a good job defensively of getting our stops, and getting out in transition. Our defense was solid,” Harris said.

“There was a real sense of urgency, of getting a win on the road, and getting stops down the stretch defensively,” said Al Horford. “Felt good to come out on top.”

Meeting the Nets for the second time in a week, the Sixers will look for their second straight win over Brooklyn and their fourth win in a row overall. 

Monday’s contest tips at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Opponent Outlook:

The Nets have lost their last three straight to the Jazz, Sixers, and Bucks. 

Saturday against Milwaukee, Kyrie Irving led the way for Brooklyn despite a tough shooting night, finishing with 17 points (6-15 fg), six rebounds, six assists, and four steals. 

Brooklyn currently occupies the No. 8 seed in the East.

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