The Philadelphia 76ers cruised to victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night despite missing Joel Embiid and James Harden. The Sixers trailed by 21 in the first half, turned the ball over 11 times and scored 21 points on Sacramento, but never found a rhythm.
In the second half, Tyrese Maxey came out firing as he had 15 points in the third for a game-high 32 and six assists to lead the government 129-127 in a thriller at the Golden 1 Center.
The Kings didn’t have the same attack after halftime as they did to start the game as the Sixers dominated the second half. They completely changed the script and coach Mike Brown had to give all the credit to Philadephia.
“You have to give Philadelphia a lot of credit,” Brown told reporters. “They were short, they came here, their coaches to the coaching staff to the players, you have to give them all credit. The short arm, he came in, just kicked bodies off our backs. We couldn’t get them off the offensive glass. Montrezl Harrell is an absolute beast. Paul Reed is a beast.
Harrell had 17 points on 7-for-8 shooting and seven rebounds while Reed was dominant in his minutes off the bench. The strong force had a problem with Domantas Sabonis in the morning, but he finished with nine nine and seven of the rest, four of them on the offensive glass, and he got a key of the late to seal the win for Philadelphia.
“When you watch the game, some of Domantas Sabonis, Chimezie Metu, and Richaun Holmes are our centers, but our guards also did a bad job in the back when we went to trap the box, to help with the drive,” Brown continued. “We didn’t go with them big in the back. We never helped our big bucks recover and it showed. I mean 23 double-point markers result in a lot of points. One, two ball games and that’s what the game was about.”
Despite the absence of Embiid, the Sixers were able to turn to Harrell and Reed to produce and help Philadelphia come out on top.
“Just their ability to control the bad boards as they did, and our inability to put bodies on bodies from time to time and in a certain position to control the dribble car,” he said. said Brown. “So, give them a lot of credit because they came here and they took the game away from us.”