PHILADELPHIA (AP) – N passes played without a starting lineup. The 76ers tried to relax in their fourth quarter.
But turning Brooklyn’s deep reserves into a game between two of the East’s top teams, Ben Simmons Jellel Embid registered to leave the Sixers.
Embiid had 39 points և 13 rebounds on Wednesday night, and Philadelphia beat Brooklyn 123-117 in an expected game that resulted in the Nets losing their biggest stars.
“When the playoffs start, it’s a whole new beast. And we will be ready for them, “said 76ers coach Doc Rivers. “And I’m sure they will be ready for us.”
The Sixers (38-17) moved into first place at the Archelein Conference, keeping a tie-break in the game without James Ames Harden, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Lamarcus Aldridge. Injured or simply relaxed by the Nets, the game felt more pre-season than a possible preview of the conference final this summer.
It is not possible that the Sixers moved to the top of the league table, with only one game left in the top spot this season.
“It makes sense to try to have as many home games as possible,” Rivers said.
For a wonderful reason. The Sixers improved at home 21-5.
“I think they are comfortable at home,” Rivers said. “Young teams usually feel good at home. I think this year is a surprise (record) without fans. Of course, I can understand with the fans. “
The Sixers had 4,094 fans scattered around the arena to watch Embiid take another stellar tour of the drones. He scored 21 points in the first half, this season being his 14th 20-point first half (maximum in the NBA).
In the first half, Kyrie Irving scored 23 points, the first half of the eighth 20 points of his season, finishing with 37 points. Irving missed Tuesday’s game against Minnesota for personal reasons. Irving, however, came out because the deep reserves helped the Nets to score less than 22 points – 11:15.
Landry Shamet had 17 points and DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 14 rebounds.
“I did not want to bring out the group that was doing so well,” said Nets coach Steve Nash. “I wanted to reward those guys the way they played.”
Embiid և Simmons, who scored 17 points, watched the main part of the fourth from the bench until they came into force in the last 5 minutes. Embiid sealed the victory from the free throw line to the “MVP”. chants
“They did not have to return,” Rivers said.
Simmons said the Sixers “have to close our games.”
“We have to close in that fourth quarter,” Simmons said.
Harden came out on the field with a right tumor cord, and Durant got a night off after playing 27 minutes against the Timberwolves. The “Ets passers” easily approach Durant as he returns from an injury to his left knee.
Yes, “Nets” can still be the favorite to win the championship. FanDuel Sportsbook named them 11-5 favorites on Wednesday night, but it’s not worth asking for 1 seed to have a healthy list in the post-election season.
“It would be great to have seed # 1. “I think it means a lot, it is valuable,” Nash said. “But not at the expense of losing players or prolonging the injury situation. So I think we have to be very careful to make sure our boys reach the finish line as fully as possible. ”
Nash turned down offers from the Nets that Durant liked, so that the Sixers could predict how close they would be to a full point in the playoffs.
“I think when you start to be really beautiful, it pays off,” he said. “It was not strategic. That’s what it’s, that’s what we’ve got.
In the second quarter, Tobias Harris made all six shots, scoring 13 of his 26 points to get the Sixers to open the game. Simmons closed the third in the quick strike with a 94-84 lead, which rose from a slightly enthusiastic crowd.
Nets. He played without Tyler John Onson, Spencer Dinvidi, Chris Chiosa. Chiosa underwent surgery on his right arm on Wednesday after suffering an injury in a game against the Timberwolves.
76s. C Dwight Howard came out of left knee pain. … DJ Jazzy Jeff rang the solemn bell. : Harris said he was dealing with a painful knee injury.
Rivers continues to speak out against police brutality, saying reforms need to be made to police unions following the death of 20-year-old black motorcyclist Dante Wright in a shooting in Minnesota.
“I think that’s where our energy should go, because we need to get out of this situation when you feel free to kill because you are protected,” Rivers said. “Once you take that, I think there will be a change.”
Ets passed to Charlotte, who hosted on Friday.
76ers. Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.
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