Philadelphia 76ers Trying to Reverse Recent Struggles
Philadelphia went to overtime against the Thunder on the road but still suffered their fifth loss in their last seven games. The 76ers entered Saturday third in the Atlantic Division, 3.5 games behind the Celtics in the standings. Philadelphia led by five after the opening quarter, trailed by five at the half and led by three after three quarters before ending up in overtime. In the extra session, the 76ers trailed by one before giving up a 9-0 run that sealed the contest. Philadelphia shot an even 50 percent from the field, including 14 of 32 from three-point range, and won the rebounding battle 43-36. The 76ers were done in by free throws: Oklahoma City hit 35 of 41 attempts while Philadelphia was 15 of 22. Joel Embiid
led Philadelphia with 31 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.
The 76ers are 18th
in the league in scoring offense as they put up an average of 109.4 points per game on the year. Philadelphia is tied for sixth by collecting 47.1 rebounds per contest while the team is tied for seventh by dishing out 25.6 assists per game. The 76ers are 11th
in the league in scoring defense as they allow 107.7 points per game this season. Joel Embiid leads Philadelphia with 24 points, 12.4 rebounds and three assists per game on the year. Tobias Harris puts up 16.8 points plus 8.2 boards a game, Ben Simmons adds 14.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 2.4 steals a night while Al Horford (15.4 points, 7.2 rebounds) along with Josh Richardson (15.3 points) are all off to strong starts this season. Furkan Korkmaz, Mike Scott and Raul Neto are key reserves for Brett Brown’s group. Philadelphia is tied for 8th
in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.5 percent from the field as a team on the year. The 76ers are 20th
in the league as they splash 10.4 triples a night while ranking tied for 17th
by shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc on the year.