Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Sixers top Pistons for 12th straight win behind Ben Simmons, JJ Redick

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid celebrates a three-point shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat Tuesday Feb. 27 2018 in Miami. The Heat defeated the 76ers 102-101 Sixers top Pistons for 12th straight win behind Ben Simmons, JJ Redick
Sergio Cook | 08 April, 2018, 02:49

In contrast, the 76ers have recently clinched their first playoff berth since 2012.

Philadelphia is hitting stride at the right time and is bound to have all of its guns back in the firing gallery if they can get through this last stretch of the season and take care of business in the first round against teams that have struggled with consistency in the second half. That kept the 76ers in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with five games remaining.

"We have 20,000 fans, who are going to be rowdy fans for that game", Sixers reserve center Amir Johnson said. "It's something that we want". In the most recent game between the sides, which the 76ers won by 36 points, he was similarly efficient.

On the season, the Sixers are 46-30 while leading the Pacers by a half-game for fourth out east.

Hours after the Philadelphia 76ers paid tribute to Basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving by unveiling a sculpture of him outside their practice facility, the two-time NBA MVP was heaping praise on current Sixer Ben Simmons.

The Sixers are on a hot streak, having won 12 in a row.

Canberra-born Patty Mills scored 17 points for the San Antonio Spurs, who lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 113-110.

Cleveland closes out its season with a home-and-home against the New York Knicks, at New York on Monday and in Cleveland on Wednesday.

Lauri Markkanen scored 24 points and Sean Kilpatrick added 21 off the bench to lead Chicago to a 120-114 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday night. Utah also went 11-15 in those games, and 10-14 in the Gobert-less games where Mitchell played (12-15 if you want to say he missed essentially 27 games when Gobert played two minutes against Boston on December 15 before getting hurt, which is fair). AT finished with 25 points behind 9-11 shooting from the field and 7-8 from deep. A replay review overturned the call into a blocked shot. They have qualified for the playoffs just once in the last nine seasons. "I observed closely their whole process and how they built this", he said prior to the game ... The Kyrie Irving injury makes this one matter even more. Their offense has taken off too, with their offensive rating sitting at 112.2 in the past 11 games, giving them an overall net rating of 16.1 during the win streak.

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