3 observations after Sixers set franchise three-point record in Maxey-less win

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3 observations after Sixers set franchise three-point record in Maxey-less win originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Sixers prolonged the Raptors’ losing streak, snapped their own, and enjoyed an outstanding shooting night Sunday in Toronto.

They picked up a 135-120 victory over the Raptors and got season-high scoring performances from Kelly Oubre Jr. (32 points), Cameron Payne (24 points) and Nicolas Batum (19).

The Sixers made 24 three-pointers on 43 attempts, setting a new franchise record and ending a three-game skid.

Joel Embiid (left knee meniscus procedure), Tyrese Maxey (left hip tightness), De’Anthony Melton (lumbar spine bone stress) and Robert Covington (left knee bone bruise) all sat.

Maxey had made 10 consecutive appearances after returning from a concussion. He’d gone at least 43 minutes in three of the Sixers’ last four games, including the team’s loss Friday to the Cavs.

As for Embiid, Sixers head coach Nick Nurse told reporters in Toronto, “We’re in the ramp-up period and hopefully we’ll keep ticking that way.”

“I think we’re in the famous two words, ‘ramp up’, period right now.”

Nick Nurse gave an update on Joel Embiid before the Sixers’ game against the Raptors on Sunday night 👀 pic.twitter.com/iwZaD0kJ0U

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Among the key players out for the 23-51 Raptors were Scottie Barnes, RJ Barrett, Immanuel Quickley and Jakob Poeltl. Sunday’s loss was Toronto’s 13th in a row.

The 40-35, eighth-seeded Sixers have seven regular-season games to go. They’ll play the Thunder in Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

Here are observations on their win over the Raptors:

Star-less offense runs smoothly 

The Sixers’ offense was especially sharp in the opening minutes, albeit against an opponent that suffered a 44-point loss to the Knicks last time out.

Three-pointers from Payne and Kyle Lowry contributed to a 10-2 Sixers lead. Oubre also made back-to-back triples in the first quarter, hitting his first long-range shots since the Sixers’ win last Sunday over the Clippers.

Buddy Hield drained a three on his first touch, too. Raptors legend…

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Publish date : 2024-04-01 00:37:56

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