They were without their National Basketball Association all-star center Joel Embiid and they struggled mightily in their three-point shooting.
But even though the Sixers took the loss in the game, Embiid would get the best of Westbrook before the night was over, thanks to yet another brilliant post to Twitter that ensured Westbrook would not soon forget the posterization he received that night.
There was acclaim to go around after the Thunder’s 122-112 win against the Philadelphia 76ers – for Russell Westbrook’s energy and Steven Adams’ relentlessness – in a game that ran high on emotion and loud in volume.
Fred VanVleet led seven players in double figures with a career-best 25 points as the Toronto Raptors built an early lead and never looked back in a 123-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Their previous season low was three.
The Wizards (27-22) are expected to play their second consecutive game without Wall, who is dealing with left knee soreness. Their previous season low of 10.7 percent came in the game against the Cavs. The 76ers rank 19th in second chance points allowed per game (12.8).
“We just tried to find somebody to make a three”, coach Brett Brown said of his team’s futile effort from long range. He had a strong night against the Thunder during Sunday’s loss, tallying 27 points and 10 rebounds to go along with two assists and two blocks. Lou Williams added 22 points, and Tyrone Wallace had 19 points, six rebounds and six assists for the visiting Clippers. De’Aaron Fox finished with 26 points and Vince Carter added 21 for Sacramento.
On the road, Philadelphia is 13-11 ATS with 14 overs and 10 unders.
At the end of the game, Westbrook gave Embiid a great rebuttal.
The Greek Freak was disruptive on defense and, for much of the night, unstoppable on offense.
The Philadelphia 76ers and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Sunday in National Basketball Association action at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
“I think he was in at the basket most of the first half, attacking the rim, but he also understood that he needed to get other people involved”, Donovan said.
The Sixers plan to have their main horse play the upcoming back-to-back against the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers this weekend.
Since last Thursday’s game, both teams will be without one of their starters tonight, as John Wall will be out with a knee injury for Washington and Andre Roberson is out for the season after rupturing his patella tendon in Sunday’s game in Oklahoma. The Thunder announced that Roberson underwent successful surgery Sunday and will miss the rest of the season.