After Denver, the “Brand new Sixers” just won their second big game by taming the Los Angles Lakers at home (143-120) under the pulse of their starters Joel Embiid (37 pts) and the newcomer Tobias Harris (22pts). After their two big wins, Philadelphia seems to be ready to lead the East.
The Sixers adaptation phase is going well for Tobias Harris. He was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers last week before the trade deadline. He is already effective with 22 pts scored, 9 of 14 shooting for his second game with Philadelphia.
Harris was not the only one to shine against LeBron James (18 pts 10 rbs 9 ast). The Cameroonian Joel Embiid walked on the opposing paint the whole evening. He finished with 37 points, and missed just four shots during the game. The shooter J. J. Reddick added 21 points, Jimmy Butler 15 and Ben Simmons with just 8 points and 7 assists. The Australian player is the one who suffers the most (individually speaking) from Harris’s arrival.
A new team that can compete the best one
It’s maybe the best association in the East, if they can find a good alchemy among these four superstar players. They have perhaps a poorer dynamic than Milwaukee or Toronto. But the Sixers are the most promising team.
Philadelphia has good chance this year to go to the NBA Finals, with this new impressive team built during the trade period last week. They added new players calibrated to compete stronger teams, like Boston, Toronto or Milwaukee. Indeed Tobias Harris is a good shooter who can take the important decision and Boban Marjanovic, 7’3″ tall, is a good option to capture rebounds. Brett Brown the Sixers’s coach who has without a doubt the best center of the NBA, Joel Embiid, can compete his first NBA Finals this spring.
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Source : Menly
It was the final match of a true legend. The future hall of famer has ended his superb career on an equally as good performance at the Staple Center, “his home”. At the age of 37, he indeed scored 60 points, achieving the highest scoring performance of the year. A huge symbol of his career, that will remain among the greatest of all time.
For his last game, it was all about Kobe, as the Laker’s team gave him nearly every possession, to have every chance to score as much as po
ssible. However, he had a quite good night shooting-wise, with 44% field goal percentage and 83% from the free throw line (which is even better considering the year he has had).
Finally, we can sum up this game as the dream finish for Kobe Bryant, who was the main attraction of the game, even if the Jazz was still in race f
or a play-off spot (they finished 9th, behind the Rockets). Kobe even dropped 5 points in the decisive moments (the last 50 seconds) to give LA the lead (97-96), which they kept for the rest of the game (101-96, final result). Clutch, as always.
Concerning the atmosphere in the Staples Center, it was the one he must have dreamed of. The fans, who paid an average $971 ticket to see this moment of basketball history, enjoyed one last time a game of the greatest Laker’s player of all times. Emotional scenes took place at the end of the game. And he is not going to miss only Laker’s fans.
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