Frontcourt duo of Embiid and Harris shines towards Lakers
In a extremely anticipated matchup between two non-conference foes on Sunday afternoon on the Wells Fargo Heart, the Philadelphia 76ers blew the doorways off of the Los Angeles Lakers 143-120.
The Lakers, who simply misplaced to the Sixers a few weeks in the past on the Staples Heart, didn’t have a solution for the brand new frontcourt duo of Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris, regardless of Kyle Kuzma scoring a game-high 39 factors.
After a lower than stellar efficiency towards the Denver Nuggets on Friday from Embiid, who had 15 factors on 5-of-17 capturing from the sphere and 12 rebounds, Harris shined in his Sixers’ debut scoring 14 factors and grabbing eight rebounds.
With that being mentioned, the dynamic duo instantly made their presence felt towards the Lakers on Sunday, combining for 59 factors and 20 rebounds within the victory.
From the opening tip, you can see that the Sixers had been going to their have means inside towards the Lakers’ frontcourt duo of Tyson Chandler and JaVale McGee.
Whereas Embiid was dominating within the low put up, scoring eight factors and grabbing 4 rebounds within the first quarter, Harris bought out to a scorching begin, scoring eight of the group’s first 14 factors.
Harris ended the quarter with 14 factors and completed the sport with 22 factors (9-14 FG, 3-5 3pt), six rebounds, and 6 assists. Embiid, nonetheless, led the Sixers in scoring with 37 factors on 12-of-16 capturing from the sphere and making a ridiculous 11-of-12 from the charity stripe.
After the sport, the two-time All-star heart was requested about his latest success towards the Lakers.
“I don’t know, it goes for each L.A. groups. I need to not be a giant LA fan,” Embiid mentioned.
“However I don’t know, it’s simply—it’s enjoyable. I don’t know, I believe I do it with each group, however I’ve been extra consistently staying with each the L.A. groups, I bought to ensure I do the identical factor to each different group.”
Over his three-year profession, Embiid is averaging 30.5 factors and 9.Three rebounds and 5.Three assists per sport towards the Lakers. McGee, who had the tall activity of defending Embiid within the put up and on the perimeter spoke in regards to the challenges of guarding him.
“He’s an important participant, however he additionally is aware of how to attract fouls. I believe he shot like 13 free throws, in order that’s a giant a part of the sport,” he mentioned.
Talking of free throws, Harris didn’t get to the road as a lot as Embiid did on Sunday, however he’s slowly determining his function with the Sixers.
“I’ve been in plenty of totally different conditions all through my entire profession. One thing like I mentioned final sport, each new state of affairs you simply need to are available and sort of play off the love of the sport and let all the things else move from there,” he mentioned.
“Lots goes into it if you’re in a brand new state of affairs and simply making an attempt to slot in the best means. It’s bought to be an excellent stability making an attempt to slot in, but in addition be aggressive and to play your sport. Plenty of research, but it surely’s good as a result of this can be a actually good group with actually good gamers, nice guys, nice coach, nice teaching workers and guys who need to assist.”
If the Sixers can proceed to get this identical sort of manufacturing from each Harris and Embiid for the stretch run, they are going to assist this group go far within the playoffs.