The last time the 76ers beat the Thunder was in November of 2008 so it must feel good to finally put that streak behind them.
This game lacked the same intensity of the first matchup back in January since both teams were missing their best player. Paul George missed the game due to shoulder soreness, while Joel Embiid continues to deal with knee tendinitis.
Still, they bested a good team on the road and are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference standings.
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He doesn’t require the ball to make an impact on the game, which is great when you have Ben Simmons and Butler on the floor.
When Simmons crashes the lane, Harris immediately finds an open spot in the court. He makes himself accessible to Simmons and it doesn’t hurt that he is one of the best 3-point shooters in the league.
He made big shot after big shot in the fourth quarter and blocked Steven Adams at the rim late in the game.
The 76ers led much of the game by double digits, but the Thunder tied the game at 93 in the final quarter. Harris went on an 8-0 run by himself and the 76ers never looked back, including hitting a contested three over Adams.
“The 8-0 run came at the right time where you felt like you needed something,” head coach Brett Brown said after the game, via Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Harris finished with 32 points and went 5-of-7 from the 3-point line. Without him, the 76ers don’t win this game.
Butler shouldn’t be forgotten in this game either. He handled the point late in the game and finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
He looked more eager to shoot in this game finishing with 20 shots and set up his teammates with good looks. More of that please, Jimmy.
Simmons continues to thrive in his aggressive approach to the game. He isn’t a scorer, but he impacts the game in so many ways.
Simmons set up Harris with multiple open looks the entire game, while making some nice defensive blocks near the basket.
He recorded his ninth triple-double of the year finishing with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.
Also, Brett Brown deserves credit for his defensive game plan entering the game. He allowed Russell Westbrook open jump shots and didn’t allow Adams easy looks near the rim.
Adams was the only Thunder player to get an offensive rebound finishing with eight, a much different tale from the Portland Trail Blazers game.
Brown played the matchups correctly, and they got the results.
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