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Sixers stomp all over trap set by rival

Sixers stomp all over trap set by rival


T.J. McConnell recorded his first career triple-double to lift the Sixers to a 108-92 win over the Knicks on Monday night. 

The victory, the Sixers’ fourth in a row overall, was also their 10th straight at the Wells Fargo Center. The team remains undefeated in Philadelphia in 2018.

After hitting a game-winner last season vs. New York, McConnell put on another show against the Knicks. He finished with 10 points, 11 assists and, the final piece of the puzzle, 10 rebounds. McConnell became the first Sixer to have a triple-double off the bench. 

The Sixers improved to 29-25 and now sit in seventh in the Eastern Conference. They technically have an eight-game home winning streak because their Jan. 11 loss to the Celtics in London counted as a home game. The Knicks fell to 23-35.

The Sixers will look to wrap up this homestand a perfect 5-0 on Wednesday against the Heat before heading into the All-Star break.

• Justin Anderson suffered a sprained right ankle in the second quarter trying to chase down a Courtney Lee steal. He hit the ground and came up in so much pain that he hobbled off the court into the tunnel on the opposite side from the one that leads to the Sixers’ locker room. X-rays were negative but he did not return to the game. Anderson has been trying to maximize his minutes off the bench. He shot 5 for 7 from the field in the Sixers’ last contest.

• Dario Saric bounced back from a rare rough game on Saturday. Saric had a game-high 24 points on 8 of 12 shooting (4 for 6 from three-point range).

• Saric wasn’t alone with his strong offensive showing. All five Sixers starters scored in double figures: JJ Redick (18 points), Joel Embiid (17 points, six rebounds), Ben Simmons (13 points, six rebounds, six assists, four steals, three blocks) and Robert Covington (13 points, five rebounds).

• Newly-signed Sixer Marco Belinelli suited up in No. 18 just hours after inking his deal. It is likely he will make his debut Wednesday after having time to get better acclimated with the system. Belinelli was pursued by several teams, including the Thunder, Bucks, Raptors and Trail Blazers, after being bought out by the Hawks.

• Covington wasn’t about to share a dunk this time.

• Sixers legend and NBA Hall of Famer, Allen Iverson, rang the ceremonial pregame bell.

• Monday was the Sixers’ Chinese New Year Celebration Game.

Sixers make Pelicans 'Brow' down

Sixers make Pelicans 'Brow' down


The winner of the big man battle was Joel Embiid in the Sixers’ 100-82 victory over Anthony Davis and the Pelicans on Friday night.

Embiid scored 24 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, including 20 points and 10 boards in the first half alone. Davis, on the other hand, posted 14 points and eight rebounds, nearly half his season average in scoring.

The Sixers improved to 27-25 while the Pelicans dropped to 28-27 as they adapt to their season without DeMarcus Cousins.

• The Sixers’ bench was called on early in the fourth, giving the starters a key opportunity to rest ahead of Saturday’s back-to-back against the Clippers. (Embiid, Ben Simmons and Robert Covington did not play in the final quarter.) They outscored the Pelicans, 28-11, in the third to build a big enough cushion to be unscathed after the Pelicans outscored them 30-16 in the fourth.

• Dario Saric’s performance should not be overshadowed by Embiid’s double-double. He tied Embiid for a team-high 24 points, including an efficient 4 for 5 from three.

• Simmons likely would have recorded a triple-double had he not sat out the entire fourth. He recorded 10 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in just 25 minutes.

• Embiid joins Cousins and Nikola Jokic as the only three players to record 20 and 10 in a first half this season. Of all of his big plays in this game, this one stood out the most:

• Infrequently-called upon Richaun Holmes (six minutes) played in the fourth. He grabbed four rebounds and did not score. 

• The Pelicans’ starters struggled to score. Well, most of the team did, shooting 34.7 percent from the field. Ian Clark led the team with 15 points off the bench. 

• Former Sixer (in training camp) Emeka Okafor played 20 minutes for the Pelicans (four points, eight rebounds, four blocks). The veteran had been playing for the Sixers’ G-League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers, prior to signing a 10-day contract with the Pelicans earlier this month.

• The Wells Fargo Center had Eagles fever once again as wide receivers Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery were in attendance. Jeffery, dressed in an Eagles green suit, took photos with fans throughout the night, prompting an “Alshon Jeffery” chant. He stood and waved to the crowd.

Sixers pull out the fire extinguishers at home

Sixers pull out the fire extinguishers at home


The Sixers snapped the Wizards’ five-game winning streak Tuesday with a 115-102 victory. 

The Wizards had been playing surprisingly well in the absence of All-Star guard John Wall, who underwent arthroscopic left knee surgery at the end of January. That was until they came to the Wells Fargo Center.

Bradley Beal's 30 points, seven rebounds and five assists were not enough to counter a 27-point, 12-rebound double-double from Joel Embiid and another 20 points and seven boards from Dario Saric. Embiid reached 20 points for the 30th time this season.

“You just beat a team that was hot,” Brett Brown said. “They'd won five games in a row, their style of play when you study them during that five-game stretch was really impressive. They shared the ball, they ran with great pace and they guarded.”

• The Sixers sprinted out to an early first-quarter lead as Wizards not named Otto Porter Jr. and Markieff Morris struggled to score. The opening quarter included an alley-oop from T.J. McConnell to Jerryd Bayless and threes by McConnell and Amir Johnson.

• There were more third-quarter ups and downs. The Sixers committed turnovers on three consecutive possessions in the third. During that quarter, the Wizards, led by 11 points from Beal, cut the Sixers’ lead from 19 to seven. The Sixers committed 17 turnovers (leading to 22 Wizards’ points) on the night.

“We just wanted to come out and be aggressive, especially after the bad one we had against Indiana,” Embiid said. “We just wanted to be aggressive, especially defensively.”

• The Wizards didn’t go away in the fourth. They got within eight with four minutes to play. The Sixers pulled away on a 10-3 run to hold on for the game in which they led by as many as 22 points. 

• The Sixers have the rare opportunity to play five straight home games leading up to the All-Star break. The team is focused on maximizing the rare schedule, especially as it faces Eastern Conference competitors Wizards and Heat. 

“Coach talked about that,” Saric said. “After we finished with the meeting, he put on the screen, 'Four more, guys.' It's important in that situation. Playing four games at home in front of our fans, in front of the crazy energy from the Super Bowl. We need it, we need it. We really need to be focused for the four games and try to win. I think if we win before [the All-Star break], we get better as we go on and be ready for the last part of the season.”

• The Super Bowl champions were in the building. Members of the Eagles' offensive line rang the ceremonial bell to kick off the game.