Led by Joel Embiid’s 32 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists, and with knife-wielding guards Tyrese Maxey and De’Anthony Melton, the 76ers were all present. With a lead of up to 27 points, they easily defeated the Nets 121–1. Finally 99.
The 76ers shot 45.7% from three-point range and dished out 32 assists, the same as last season.nbaIncluding the sweep, the 76ers have won 9 consecutive games. Maxi scored 25 points and 10 assists, Melton made 8 of 10 shots and added 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals.
Embiid, who is constantly trying to win the MVP award, has accumulated 6 performances of at least 30 points and 10 rebounds since the beginning of the season, surpassing Nikola Jokic and ranking first in the league. The 76ers relied on a 23–7 attack in the second quarter to come from behind to lead by double digits. Embiid gave credit for this to the defense.
“We started defensively, guarding them for a few possessions so we could start fast break transitions. Also, we played a small-ball lineup against them. We exploited their weaknesses through a lot of high-low combinations. Took full advantage. We played very united…” Ambid said.
The 76ers became the second team after the Celtics to earn their 10th win, and it took only 13 games. This is their fastest time since 2011–12, when the 76ers also started the season with 10 wins. 3 defeat.
Coach Nick Nurse praised Melton’s performance after the game. “He’s a very good shooter and a good player, which means a lot to us. Because the interior is basically very crowded, sometimes we need to shoot from above the key in the paint area.”
The Nets’ Mikal Bridges scored 18 points, Spencer Dinwiddie had 12 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds, and substitute Lonnie Walker IV scored a league-high 26 points.
“We lost, so it doesn’t really mean how many points I scored. I think if we had lost by more than 20 points, it wouldn’t have really shown up in the individual scoring numbers. I felt like I was in the best shape of the game, but we still lost,” Walker said.