The 76ers credit an unselfish brotherhood as the reason for their success.
“I feel like everybody in this organization, the locker room, is ready for the next guy mentally,” Montrezl Harrell said after Wednesday’s game. “I mean, everybody said at the beginning of the season, including us, the whole organization: this is not a season team.’ It’s an ‘our season.’ In fact, we only buy into the team we want to be.
In doing so, the Sixers took the Eastern Conference’s second-best record (30-16) into Wednesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Wells Fargo Center. They have also won five straight games and 18 of their last 22.
They have accomplished all this while fighting back from injuries and starting 16 different lineups.
The Sixers are 11-3 when Tobias Harris, PJ Tucker, Joel Embiid, De’Anthony Melton and James Harden start. They went 3-1 with Melton, Harris, Tucker, Jarden and Tyrese Maxey starting. The Sixers also went 3-1 with Harris, Tucker, Harrell, Melton and Shake Milton, and 2-0 with Harris, Tucker, Embiid, Maxey and Matisse Thybulle.
The Sixers’ regular season lineup of Harris, Tucker, Embiid, Melton and Maxey was one of the few lineups that didn’t work out. The team went 3-5 in the division. However, six of those games came early in the season with the Sixers’ new roster trying to find a rhythm.
Given their success, it’s hard to imagine Doc Rivers getting a bad road team before the start of the 2020-21 season. Now at 13-9, the Sixers have the NBA’s third-best road record.
They also have their longest winning streak at seven games, which began with a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 31 and extended to Sunday’s win and the Sacramento Kings.
The Kings’ win enabled the Sixers to snap a five-game road trip, the first time they’ve gone on a road trip of five or more since going 6-0 on the road in December 25, 1984 to January 5, 1985. .
The Sixers’ seven straight hitting streaks are tied for the fifth-longest streak in team history.
After Wednesday’s game, the Sixers have three home games before hitting the road against the San Antonio Spurs on Day 3. February. Boston Celtics (Feb. 8).