Monday’s 130-114 victory over the Indiana Pacers was a confidence boost for the 76ers.
The Sixers showed they can rout a team without one of their Big Three, as Tobias Harris missed his second straight game because of a bruised right knee. The bench produced its best offensive effort of the season, and Mike Scott had a solid showing while starting in place of Harris. Here’s a look at the best and worst awards:
Joel Embiid gets this. Despite an impressive effort from the bench, Embiid again was the most dominant player in the game. The MVP front-runner finished with 24 points, 13 rebounds and five assists in 26 minutes, 59 seconds of action. He sat out the fourth quarter after recording his 17th 20-10 game of the season.
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Goga Bitadze gets this. The Pacers reserve center had a rough night. He was held scoreless, missing all four shot attempts. He also had more turnovers (three) than rebounds (one) and assists (one) combined.
Best defensive performance
Furkan Korkmaz gets this. Korkmaz, who has had some defensive shortcomings, definitely deserved it on a night when he was a solid two-way player. The Sixers reserve swingman had a game-high two blocks, and one steal. He scored 19 points, making 6 of 13 three-pointers.
This goes to Indiana’s three-point shooting. The Pacers made just 8 of 29 three-pointers (27.6 %).
This goes to the Sixers’ bench. They outscored the Pacers’ bench, 67-47. The 67 points were a season high for the Sixers bench. Shake Milton (26) and Korkmaz (19) combined to score 45 points. The Sixers improved to 3-0 when their bench scores at least 50 points.
Best of the best
This goes to the Sixers’ spacing. They spread the floor and played solid team ball in making 15 of 35 three-pointers.