NEW YORK — The Sixers wrapped up their road trip with a 1-3 mark after a 116-108 loss to the Nets at Barclays Center.
On paper, the 29-point, 14-rebound double-double from Joel Embiid combined with 24 points and seven assists from Ben Simmons and 20 points from JJ Redick should have been enough to beat the Nets (19-33).
However, the Sixers (24-24) couldn’t get past the Nets’ guards. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 27 in the starting lineup and D’Angelo Russell tallied 22 off the bench. Center Jarrett Allen rounded out their efforts with 16 points and 12 boards.
The Sixers actually committed only eight turnovers (for 10 Nets’ points), a surprisingly low number in a loss. They have dropped three straight games.
• Embiid continued his quest to live at the free throw line. He shot 12 for 14. Embiid recorded his 23rd double-double of the season.
• Simmons surpassed his season scoring average (16.6 points) with 18 points in the first half alone.
• Redick returned to the lineup and shot 4 for 10 from the field (3 for 4 from three) and 9 for 10 from the line in the start. He missed the previous seven games because of a bone edema and small cortical crack in the fibular head of his left leg. The backup shooting guard minutes were up for grabs with Redick back in the starting lineup. Jerryd Bayless was cleared to play after missing six games (left wrist), but he was later held out by the medical staff. Brett Brown went with Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (11 minutes), who had started amid the veterans’ injuries. Justin Anderson also played 18 minutes off the bench.
• Robert Covington attempted only three field goals (two made) in 32 minutes. He shot 1 for 1 from three.
• Jahlil Okafor and Nik Stauskas faced the Sixers for the first time as opponents. Okafor was limited in the first half after picking up three fouls in as many minutes, but he grabbed three rebounds in that time. Okafor finished with eight points and those three boards in 14 minutes. Stauskas posted three points, four rebounds and three assists in 18 minutes off the bench.
Nik Stauskas on his (abbreviated) season with the Sixers: pic.twitter.com/KSuoJXWEje— Jessica Camerato (@JessicaCamerato) February 1, 2018
• Here’s your pregame look at Markelle Fultz:
Fultz dunk x2 pic.twitter.com/jEItAIxxI9— Jessica Camerato (@JessicaCamerato) January 31, 2018
• Sixers fans throughout the arena loudly — I mean, loudly — called out Eagles chants when the Nets shot free throws and other random points in the game.
Sixers fans have replaced "Trust the Process" with "E-A-G-L-E-S" tonight.— Jessica Camerato (@JessicaCamerato) February 1, 2018
• Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson said he considers the Sixers to be “a team that’s really on the rise.” He appreciates the development path of the roster and gives former general manager Sam Hinkie praise for the approach he took to building the squad.
“There should be a management award for him or a management study on what he did,” Atkinson, who previously worked with Hinkie, said before the game. “We can argue you like it, you don’t like it. But I was around him, I really like him as a person and I just think he did a phenomenal job. Thinking long term like that, to have that vision that most of us don’t have, let’s be honest, I don’t think he gets enough credit.”