The Sixers haven’t had an outing like this in a while, a letdown game, especially on their home court.
The Suns came into the Wells Fargo Center and took this one, 115-101, on Monday night. The last time the Sixers lost to a sub-.500 team was nearly a month ago to the Kings.
But there is more to the Suns’ rocky record: there is Devin Booker. The Suns’ high-scoring guard dropped a season-high 46 points in their ninth win of the season. Booker, coming off a 38-point performance against the Celtics, started off 2 for 11 in the first quarter and then exploded after finding a rhythm.
• Ben Simmons played through the flu. He didn’t think he would be able to play, staying in bed until noon with a 7 p.m. tipoff. Still, Brett Brown started Simmons and the rookie ended up performing better than most of the Sixers. Simmons had 20 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and six steals in 36 minutes.
"Honestly, not great," Simmons said of how he felt. "But I played, so if I didn't play then you'd know something's wrong."
• JJ Redick (25 points) tried to shoot the Sixers back into the game. After going 0 for 5 from long range through three quarters, he dropped 13 points in the fourth. The Sixers cut the deficit to five with 4:49 to go, but the Suns stepped on the gas to close it out with a 16-3 run.
• Joel Embiid demolished two of Alex Len’s shot attempts with a pair of massive blocks. He had yet another double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds in 34 minutes.
• Robert Covington is back in a shooting skid. He went 2 for 10 from three-point range in 34 minutes.
• The Suns entered the game 8-16, last in points allowed (115.8), tied for third-highest opponent three-point shooting percentage (38.4), and fifth highest in opponent field goal percentage (47.1). The Sixers shot just 23.3 percent from three.
• Josh Jackson had been in the mix of draft prospects when the Sixers had the third pick (pre-Celtics trade). The Suns ended up selecting Jackson fourth overall. The rookie showed his athleticism and speed. He isn’t putting up massive numbers off the bench (seven points, three rebounds), but played with high energy and feistiness trying to pick off steals.
• The Sixers shot a perfect 16 for 16 from the line but gave up 22 points off 14 turnovers.
• Injury/inactive update: T.J. McConnell (left shoulder), Justin Anderson (left leg) and Markelle Fultz (right shoulder) were out. Jahlil Okafor was inactive, as was Furkan Korkmaz who is on a G League assignment. Brandon Knight (left ACL), Davon Reed (left meniscus) and Alan Williams (right meniscus) were sidelined for the Suns.
• Amir Johnson and Tyson Chandler battled like it was 2006. The bigs have been in the league since 2005 and 2001, respectively.
• Allen Iverson and former Eagle Brian Westbrook were at the game. Westbrook spoke to the Sixers during training camp as well.
Brian Westbrook at the game: pic.twitter.com/yZk0voXIxV— Jessica Camerato (@JessicaCamerato) December 5, 2017