DALLAS — The 76ers should be rested. None of them played more than 27 minutes, 34 seconds in Monday night’s 113-85 victory over the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center.
The extra rest could bode well for the Sixers in Wednesday’s much-anticipated game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Wells Fargo Center. Here’s a look at the best and worst performances from Monday’s win:
Joel Embiid gets this. How could he not? The Sixers center finished with 36 points on 10-for-17 shooting to go with seven rebounds in just 25:39. Embiid made 14 of 15 foul shots. His most dominating performance came in the third quarter, when he scored 13 points on 5-for-5 shooting, including a three-pointer. The Mavs, just like the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday and the Boston Celtics last Tuesday, had no answers for the big man.
JJ Redick gets this. Let’s just the say the former Sixer’s debut with the Mavs didn’t go well. He missed six of his seven shots en route to scoring four points in 13:49 off the bench. This came after the 36-year-old guard, who has been hampered by a sore right heel and Achilles, went through his first full practice on Saturday. Dallas acquired Redick from the New Orleans Pelicans on March 25.
Best defensive performance
Matisse Thybulle gets this. The reserve guard quietly finished with two steals and one block.
This goes to Embiid’s foul shooting. His goal is to eventually become a 90% free-throw shooter. Well, he shot 93% against the Mavs.
This goes to the foul shooting of Embiid’s teammates. They combined to shoot 9-for-18, 50%.
Worst of the worst
This goes to Maxi Kleber’s start. Trying to guard Embiid, the Mavs center was subbed out of the game after committing two fouls in the first two minutes. He ended up with four fouls in 14:19.
Best of the best
This goes to the Sixers’ being able to rest their starters in the fourth quarter. The Sixers will begin a tough stretch Wednesday with a game against the Nets. And any amount of rest they can get during this grueling season is a bonus.