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Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Attendance: 20,376
Bench starting to make impact as 76ers host Nets
Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers
- The Nets and Sixers have played twice in Brooklyn so far this season, splitting the two games. The Nets head to Philadelphia where they have lost five of their last six games. Brooklyn scored 141 points in its one win in this span but averaged 101.0 points across the five losses.
- Brooklyn has gone 0-6 this season when scoring 100 points or fewer, compared to 10-12 (.455) when topping 100. The Nets have gone 4-2 (.667) when attempting at least 25 free throws on the road compared to 2-6 (.250) otherwise.
- Philadelphia has gone a league-best 10-3 (.769) since Jimmy Butler's November 14 debut after opening the season 9-6 (.600). The Sixers averaged 112.7 points prior to the trade, allowing an average of 112.9 points. Since then, the team is averaging 115.2 points while holding opponents to 109.8 points per game.
- Spencer Dinwiddie tied a career high with 31 points when he faced last faced the Sixers on November 25. Since last season, Dinwiddie is averaging 18.8 points in six games versus Philadelphia, his highest scoring average versus any opponent he has faced more than two times in that span.
- Joel Embiid, a 28.8 percent three-point shooter on the season, has gone 2-of-19 (10.5 percent) from three over his past six games. The Sixers have gone 8-1 (.889) this season when Embiid shoots three or fewer three-pointers compared to 10-8 (.556) when he attempts four-plus threes.
- The Sixers beat the Nets at home last season on March 16 to kick off 20-game home win streak that was snapped by the Cavaliers on November 23. Philadelphia has not lost at home since, and has won 24 of its last 25 home games. Prior to this span (and related overlapping spans), the Sixers had not won 24 home games in a 25-game span since a span stretching from December 11, 1982 to March 30, 1983.
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The Brooklyn Nets are a confident bunch coming into their matchup against the 76ers in Philadelphia on Wednesday night after two straight wins, including a surprising 106-105 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors.
So they aren't about to back down from Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler and the rest of the Sixers' daunting starting lineup. But what about Philadelphia's vaunted reserves?
The Sixers' bench is coming up big recently, including in a 116-102 victory over the visiting Detroit Pistons on Monday night in the opener of a three-game homestand this week.
In the team's 10th win in 12 games and league-high 14th win at home (with one home loss), the bench scored 54 points, with four players in double-figures: Furkan Korkmaz (18 points), T.J. McConnell (14), Landry Shamet (10) and Mike Muscala (10).
"It was huge," Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said after the game. "Look at the points the bench gave us. I think they had 11 3s. Furkan came in and he was our bell ringer tonight. I thought Landry Shamet came up with some aggressive plays, especially at the end when it was sort of hanging around. He had the big offensive rebound off Ben's missed free throw. But our bench was big tonight."
Korkmaz has been key for the Sixers in recent weeks, scoring in double figures in each of the last three games in which he's played 20 or more minutes.
"He's not intimidated by NBA basketball," Brown said. "He's not intimidated by the moment. I don't know how much you paid attention to Turkey in the qualification series, but, I have said this a lot, he was one of the better guards in that tournament. He's got a bounce, he has an inner belief, there is a swagger that he has when he is going to make a play."
Brooklyn's bench has been stepping up lately as well. Or, at least, one of them has.
Spencer Dinwiddie had a team-high 25 points off the bench in the Nets' 112-104 victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday, his fifth game of the season with 20 or more points. On Monday, Dinwiddie told the New York Post that the win might be enough to spark a turnaround for the 10-18 Nets.
"We certainly hope so, that's for sure," Dinwiddie said. "If we can put something together and go on a five-game win streak or something like that, then yeah, we'd look back to that and point to that as a turning point in the season. Right now that's obviously too early, but we are looking to start some consistency."
Philadelphia has found the consistency it lacked earlier in the season, with the team rounding into form since the blockbuster Butler trade, especially on the defensive end.
"We are getting adjusted to the new defensive schemes," Embiid said after leading the Sixers with 24 points against Detroit. "Sometimes you can't be tough, especially when you want to guard a three. So in situations where Ben does a pick-and-roll, especially for me, I always try to find some good trends and figure it out, but I'm still learning."
Updated December 11, 2018