The Philadelphia 76ers returned to their home court on Sunday, hosting the Indiana Pacers with a goal of extending their winning streak to eight consecutive victories.
The Sixers had been on a winning spree, claiming seven straight wins since their season opener, while the Pacers presented a challenge with their status as the league’s top-ranked offensive team.
In this matchup, the Sixers held a commanding lead of up to 19 points, largely thanks to the outstanding performances of Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey.
Tyrese Maxey and Joel Embiid tonight:
What a duo. pic.twitter.com/m0tbciO2MH
— Aidan Doc🧸 (@AidanDoc_) November 13, 2023
The Pacers, however, managed to mount a comeback, causing some anxiety for Philadelphia.
Nevertheless, the Sixers ultimately secured a 137-126 triumph, making it their eighth consecutive win.
One time eastern conference player of the week, Tyrese Maxey, had a remarkable game, achieving a career-high of 50 points, accompanied by five assists, and seven rebounds, along with three blocks.
The moment Maxey got his 50 pic.twitter.com/qGZwO4yGDs
— NBArepublic.com (@nba_republic) November 13, 2023
Joel Embiid also delivered an impressive performance with 37 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists.
Tobias Harris contributed 18 points and nine rebounds, Nic Batum added nine points and seven rebounds, and De’Anthony Melton chipped in with 10 points and six assists.
The dynamic duo of Maxey and Embiid continued to impress, showing significant progress in their on-court partnership.
Maxey demonstrated an improved understanding of his offensive options and how to effectively play alongside Embiid.
He effectively controlled the game, leading to easy scoring opportunities for both himself and Embiid.
Furthermore, with Embiid taking a break, Maxey assumed the primary scoring role, showcasing his ability to sink challenging 3-pointers, drive to the basket, and provide stellar defense with remarkable blocks.
The Sixers’ next matchup will be on the road, where they will once again face the Pacers as part of their in-season tournament.