PHILADELPHIA—Joel Embiid had 31 factors and 13 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers scored 83 factors within the first half in a 149-107 thrashing of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday evening in Jimmy Butler’s first recreation towards his former staff.
The Golden State Warriors are the one staff to attain extra first-half factors in a recreation this season, once they dropped 92 on the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 29. The Sixers hit a team-record 21 three-pointers and reached their highest level complete within the 22-year historical past of the Wells Fargo Middle.
Butler scored 19 factors within the first assembly with Minnesota since he was dealt to the 76ers in a bundle that introduced forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric in return. Covington and Saric have been common core items of Philadelphia’s Belief the Course of rebuild and each acquired large ovations from an appreciative crowd in tribute movies.
The Sixers stuffed a season’s price of highlights within the first half. They minimize to the ring with ease for layups and large Ben Simmons dunks. They buried largely uncontested three-pointers — 10 of 20 within the half — and even made all 11 free throws.
Simmons, who had 20 factors and 11 rebounds, flexed and Embiid waved his arms to an adoring crowd after massive baskets.
The straightforward half was over.
Sure, it was a breeze to thump the Timberwolves, however the Sixers are a staff nonetheless attempting to make the Butler-Simmons-Embiid mixture a Large three as a substitute of an enormous thriller. The Sixers have a skinny bench and are experimenting with rotations to seek out the fitting ones that may make them evolve into the Jap Convention favourites they anticipated to turn out to be this season.
“Preventing each single day for the souls and the spirit of the staff is possibly a very powerful factor I can do,” coach Brett Brown stated. “Perhaps it’s not on the place you wished it was, nevertheless it’s additionally Jan. 15th. It’s true. We’ve bought some heavyweights coming in, however so be it.”
The Sixers wanted the breather towards Minnesota. They play their subsequent 12 video games towards groups with successful information and the Sixers usually are not fairly the place Brown needs them as they go toe-to-toe with these heavyweights.
“To not the extent that I wanted it was,” Brown stated. “It’s not something that I’m panicking about.”
Sixers rookie basic supervisor Elton Model hits the Feb. 7 commerce deadline with a significant mission: strengthen the reserves. Former Sixers Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova steadied the Sixers final season as mid-season pickups and Brown wants extra of that punch for a deep run within the East this season.
“We perceive we’re going to wish a bit of bit extra from the bench as time unfolds and the intense facet of the season begins,” Brown stated. “We’re all aware of that and I feel Elton goes to do a fantastic job on serving to us transfer ahead.”