NBA Basketball

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Final-OT 1 2 3 4 OT Tot
Philadelphia 29 20 34 24 12 119
Oklahoma City 24 30 26 27 20 127
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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CT23:00 , November 15, 2019
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  Attendance: 18,203

Sixers seek road woe solutions against Thunder

According to STATS
According to STATS

Philadelphia 76ers at Oklahoma City Thunder

  1. The Thunder are 19-2 against the 76ers since moving to Oklahoma City in 2008-09. They lost the first meeting and then won 19 straight before losing the most recent matchup in February of last season.
  2. Philadelphia has a +76 rebound margin through 11 games this season, its second-best mark through 11 games in the last 35 seasons (+89 in 2008-09).
  3. Ben Simmons has shot at least 75.0 percent from the floor in each of his last two games. He now has 18 games in which he shot at least 75.0 percent from the field with at least five field goals made since his career began in 2017-18, seven more than any other guard over that time (Ish Smith is next with 11).
  4. Matisse Thybulle has 16 steals and 11 blocks through 10 career games, making him the first NBA player to have 15+ steals and 10+ blocks through his first 10 career games since Kevin Durant in 2007-08.
  5. The Thunder are outscoring their opponents by 4.8 points per game in the first half this season, second best in the NBA (Heat, +5.6). OKC's average scoring margin in the second half, however, is -5.5, fifth worst in the NBA.
  6. Dennis Schroder is the only player in the NBA to total at least 40 rebounds and 40 assists off the bench this season.

Seemingly back on track after a run of defeats on the road against a group of Western Conference contenders, the Philadelphia 76ers were in a flow until their most recent stumble Wednesday.

The Sixers will enter Friday's game on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder after an unexpected 112-97 defeat to the Orlando Magic.

Like a defeat at Phoenix on Nov. 4, the Sixers fell Wednesday on the road without Joel Embiid on the court. The Philadelphia big man was officially listed on the injury report with a sore left knee, leaving the Sixers to make up for the 23.0 points and 12.4 rebounds he supplies each game.

Perhaps it was Embiid's defense that Philadelphia missed most. Magic center Nikola Vucevic scored 23 points and Orlando used a 32-15 scoring advantage in the final quarter to pull off the victory.

Embiid is expected back for the matchup with the Thunder. His night off likely was more about his load-management strategy than anything, with the Sixers also playing Tuesday night when they earned a hard-fought 98-97 victory at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Embiid had the go-ahead dunk with 13.2 seconds remaining in that one.

Josh Richardson had 19 points to lead the Sixers on Wednesday against the Magic, while Ben Simmons had 18. Tobias Harris sacrificed offense to deliver 10 rebounds, matching his most since he had 15 boards in a season-opening victory over the Boston Celtics.

Sixers head coach Brett Brown said recently he envisions Richardson sliding into a playmaking role and Harris acclimating to launch mode.

"I look at Tobias as, kind of, my new J.J. I want him really hunting threes. I want him thinking that way. With J-Rich, you go through the process of ... I believe that, when mid-April comes, there's a significant chance that he will be the back-up point guard," Brown said, drawing a comparison to the way the San Antonio Spurs utilized Manu Ginobili behind Tony Parker.

After Friday's game at Oklahoma City, the Sixers are scheduled for another meeting with the feisty Cavaliers on Sunday afternoon, but this time at Cleveland to end their trip.

The Thunder has flashed reasons for optimism, but continue to struggle in their effort to find a flow with their guard-heavy rotation that includes Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Chris Paul and Dennis Schroder.

The Thunder will enter Friday's game following a 111-85 defeat on the road against the Indiana Pacers. Of the team's trio of top guards, only Gilgeous-Alexander scored in double figures in the defeat and his 11 points were well under his season average of 20.1.

Schroder had nine points and Paul had just seven in 25 minutes with eight assists. Danilo Gallinari led Oklahoma City in scoring on Wednesday with 14 points as the Thunder shot just 35.8 percent from the field and 24.0 percent from 3-point range.

It was the Thunder's second consecutive defeat and their third loss in their past four games. At 4-7, life without Russell Westbrook and Paul George has been a challenge.

But Tuesday was really the first time the Thunder had been non-competitive in a game. They lost by 12 to the Washington Wizards on Oct. 25, but against the Pacers they were legitimately blown out in a defeat.

"You can always just go back to, how do you get an easier shot? And that's with movement, pace," said Thunder center Steven Adams, according to the Daily Oklahoman, after he scored 10 points with six rebounds against the Pacers.

"Our pace was (expletive). Speed of the game offensively needs to ramp up. When we did do that, when we got them behind the ball, we were getting really good looks."

--Field Level Media

Updated November 14, 2019

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