Sixers, Minus Embiid and Harris, Lose to Jazz

After a crushing defeat at the hands of the New York Knicks, the Sixers came back to their home court looking to bounce back. They hosted the Utah Jazz, who are also coming off a fairly lopsided defeat against the Boston Celtics. The Sixers were without Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris, who both suffered injuries in the game against New York. This left Philadelphia without their league-leading scorer and an extra 20 ppg from Harris. Utah and Philadelphia were both coming into this game having been handed defeats of 20+ from their previous opponents and are looking to secure a necessary win.

Shorthanded 76ers

The Sixers missed Embiid and Harris, and it showed. They shot 40.4% (42-104) from the floor and 18.4% (7-38) from three-point range. Tyrese Maxey led the way with 25 points for Philadelphia (23-12, 13-6 at home). Kelly Oubre Jr. was 8-18 from the floor for 24 points. Patrick Beverley contributed off the bench with 12 points. The Sixers went 18-23 (78.3%) from the free-throw line in the game.

Utah had themselves a game in Philly, getting key contributions from Collin Sexton (22 pts, 10 ast), Lauri Markkanen (33 pts, 13 reb), and John Collins (19 pts, 5 reb) on their way to the road win. They also had solid bench scoring, led by Jordan Clarkson (18 pts, 5 reb, 6 ast). The Jazz (17-20, 6-15 away) were able to impose their will in the paint with Joel Embiid not playing in the game, outscoring Philadelphia in the paint 72-62. Utah also was able to own the glass, winning the rebound battle 48-34. As a team, they shot 57.5% (46-80) from the floor and 26.7% (8-30) from three to go along with 83.3% (20-24) from the free throw line. The Jazz would defeat Philadelphia by a final score of 120-109.

Philadelphia seemed like they had no real spark in this game. The lack of Embiid, and even Harris, made this game an uphill climb from the start. The difference in shooting, rebounding, and overall floor presence was very apparent last night at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers will have some time to rest, as they are now off until Wednesday, when they travel to Atlanta to face the Hawks.

Austin Hamell
Austin Hamell

Austin is the host of The Attacking Third (Tuesday nights at 9 pm). His passion for soccer started in the early 2000s because of his brother and father’s influence. He is a dedicated fan of all Philly sports and also is a fan of gaming.