Nov 21, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reacts as time winds down on a victory against the Miami Heat at Wells Fargo Center. The Philadelphia 76ers won 101-94. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Miami Heat by a final score of 101-94 on Monday, Nov. 21 at the Wells Fargo Center.
It’s been a long time coming.
For the first time since March 20, 2015, the Philadelphia 76ers have finally started a win-streak by capturing their second victory in a row.
By defeating the Miami Heat 101-94 on Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center, the Sixers improve to 4-10 on the year (the team’s best start since the 2013-14 season). The Sixers have now won their last four home games.
Joel Embiid led the scoring charge for the Sixers with 22 points. He also grabbed 5 rebounds and blocked three shots in 23 minutes of action.
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Nov 21, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington (33) drives against Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson (0) during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
1 – Covington Needs to Get Out of His Own Head
It’s not exactly a secret that Robert Covington hasn’t been the most consistent 3-point shooter this year.
Over the first three years of his NBA career, he successfully made 36.3 of his behind-the-arc attempts. This season is a different story, and Monday’s tilt with fit Covington’s recent mold.
He finished the game with 9 points on 4-of-13 shooting and was just 1-for-5 from 3-point range. Conveniently for him, the lone 3-pointer was the game’s biggest shot and put the Sixers up 96-91 with under three minutes to go in regulation.
Nov 21, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Nik Stauskas (11) looses controls of the ball in front of Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
He didn’t have the best shooting night, connecting on 2 of his 6 field goals, but he went 2-for-4 from 3-point range, and even after his misses, he still looks confident. That’s a heck of an improvement from where he was earlier in the year.
Stauskas also finished a four-point play after getting fouled on a made 3-pointer.
He has the capability of getting through the lane and the ability to be a high-percentage outside shooter. Three years into his NBA career, he’s finally proving it.
Sure, his four turnovers were a team-high, but they all came when he was attacking the basket and trying to make something happen. And the fact he’s trying to make plays with the ball shows just how much his confidence has risen this season.
Nov 21, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Jerryd Bayless (0) dribbles against the Miami Heat during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
3 – Bayless Rusty in Debut, But Still Efficient
In his first regular season NBA game sporting a Sixers uniform, Jerryd Bayless was a bit rusty in his 16 minutes of action, but he did show some bright spots.
In the third quarter, he connected with Jahlil Okafor on a few pick-and-rolls in traffic to help the Sixers build a lead.
Overall, he finished with four points and tied Sergio Rodriguez for a team-high 5 assists.
Nov 21, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) drives past Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) during the second half at Wells Fargo Center. The Philadelphia 76ers won 101-94. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
4 – Embiid is a Very Special Player
It doesn’t matter who he’s matched up against: in every game he plays, Joel Embiid continues to prove that he is among the most talented young big men in the league.
On offense, he constantly wants the ball in his hands and he has a tremendous amount of confidence going right at his defenders.
On Monday against Hassan Whiteside (arguably the best defensive big man in the league), Embiid put up a team-high 22 points (7-for-13 field goals), grabbed five rebounds and blocked three shots with one steal.
Someone playing in their 10th NBA game ever should not be able to put up 22 points on a player of Whiteside’s caliber, but that’s exactly what Embiid did.
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Embiid can out-muscle opposing big men in the post and has the capability to pull them outside and either drain a 3-pointer or drive right past them.
Simply put, this kid can do it all, and there’s not many players in the league who have a skill-set quite like Embiid’s.
It should be a ton of fun watching him improve as the season moves along.
Nov 21, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Gerald Henderson (12) scrambles for a loose ball against the Miami Heat during the second half at Wells Fargo Center. The Philadelphia 76ers won 101-94. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
5- Gerald Henderson Proving a Valuable Addition to Sixers
When the Sixers signed Gerald Henderson this past offseason, they did so to bring a veteran presence into the most youthful locker room in the NBA.
So far, that’s exactly what he’s done.
Henderson has been setting an example for the young guys on the team and showing them what it takes to compete as an NBA player. Night in and night out, it seems like Henderson is constantly on the ground, diving for loose balls and absorbing contact as he drives through the lane.
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He’s brought a toughness to the Sixers organization that has desperately needed just that.
On Monday, he dropped 19 points (6-for-8 field goals) and connected on all three of his 3-point attempts.
The Sixers signed him to a two-year deal, $18 million contract this past summer, and so far, he’s earning every bit of it.