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The Philadelphia 76ers (42-28) come into this afternoons game after a hard-fought loss Sunday night against the Portland Trailblazers. The Phoenix Suns (32-39) are winners of six straight looking to make a final playoff push. The Sixers are just about locked into the 6th seed so they elected to sit some players. Tobias Harris and Al Horford would sit while Joel Embiid remains out with a left ankle injury.
The Sixers came out hustling hard while the Suns were shooting terribly, 9 of 21 from the field to be exact. The reserves led by Mike Scott (9 points in the quarter) were up by as much as nine after a 10-0 run midway through the quarter. The Suns climbed back to within 4 before the quarter ended by spreading the ball around.
First Quarter Score: Sixers 27 – Suns 23
The second quarter was back and forth with little to no defense. The Sun’s shot was much better putting up 40 in the quarter. Devin Booker led the Suns with 14 points while the Sixers’ former 1st round pick, Mikal Bridges was right behind him with another 13 points. Alec Burks had 10 in the quarter but Mike Scott and the Hive led all scorers with 15. The Sixers however trailed by five at the half.
2nd Quarter Score: Suns 63 – Sixers 58
The 3rd quarter was more like the second as both teams got fairly easy looks scoring 32 each. We as Sixers fans got to watch another former player play well elsewhere. Dario Saric, by the end of the quarter, would have 15 points and 9 boards. Devin Booker added another 10 on his way to 35 total which led all scorers. Glen Robinson III and Raul Neto had a solid quarter which kept things close for now.
Third Quarter Score: Suns 95 Sixers 90
The Suns opened up the fourth quarter threes with back to back threes from Dario and Booker. This put the Suns up 11 and the Sixers never really recovered from there. Alec Burks led the Sixers with 23 while Raul Neto tied a career-high with 22 points. Mikal Bridges finished with 24 points and Dario Saric had 18 pts, 9 rebs, and 3 assists. Mike Scott finished with 17 and may have earned some playoff minutes. The Suns toyed around but ultimately the Sixers played no defense and the reserves were no match.
Final Score: Suns 130 – Sixers 117
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