Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Philadelphia 76ers Pick & Prediction JANUARY 12th 2023

Stadium: Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia
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The Philadelphia 76ers had little trouble dispatching the depleted Detroit Pistons in consecutive games.

The task will be a bit more daunting when the Sixers host the improved Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.

Joel Embiid led the way with 36 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots in a 147-116 rout of the Pistons on Tuesday. James Harden added his 72nd career triple-double with 16 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds.

"They had tons of guys out. They're injured," Sixers coach Doc Rivers said of the Pistons. "They're young, and so, you know, for us, I just thought we had a professional game. We came out and played the right way. Built the lead and got our guys that need to play some minutes, which was great."

Embiid had missed the three previous games with left foot soreness, so his stellar play had to be encouraging.

Even if it came against a rebuilding team which had a litany of injuries.

"I thought he did great," Tobias Harris said of Embiid. "I mean, you know, he's been out, getting himself as healthy as he can be, but he just came out and he was his dominant self as he always is. Obviously, 36 and 11 is a pretty good effort."

Six players reached double figures including deep reserve Jaden Springer, who had a career-high 10 points.

"I feel like I was trying to make the best of my minutes out there doing what I can," Springer said. "I feel like I tried to make an impact in the game, and you know I went out there and kind of showed that a little bit."

The Thunder will look to rebound after a tough 112-111 loss on the road to the Miami Heat on Tuesday.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander recorded 26 points and Josh Giddey had 18 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists to lead five players in double figures in scoring.

Giddey now has six triple-doubles in his young career.

In a bizarre game, the Heat converted an NBA record 40-of-40 shots from the free throw line.

"If you lose by 15, it doesn't feel quite like this," Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said after his team blew a five-point lead with 1:30 left. "But when you lose by one, it puts the spotlight on every possession and every fundamental. It's a good opportunity to learn from."

While the Heat took advantage of the free throws, it continued a troubling trend for the young Thunder.

They have been committing too many fouls, especially costly ones in the fourth quarter.

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"That's been an area of a little slippage on our part the last couple games," Daigneault said. "I think some of it is we're trying to juice up the physicality with some of the lineups we're playing, and fouls are kind of downstream from that. I thought we were sloppy on that end with our hands, especially in the first half, and (Jimmy) Butler is a pro at (drawing fouls) so he makes you pay."

The Thunder have used 20 different starting lineups in 41 games this season.

--Field Level Media

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Oklahoma City vs. Philadelphia Recap APR 26TH 2021

Joel Embiid scored 21 points, Ben Simmons returned from a four-game absence to add 12 and the host Philadelphia 76ers routed the struggling Oklahoma City Thunder 121-90 on Monday.

Tobias Harris contributed 11, Furkan Korkmaz and Paul Reed added 10 each, and Dwight Howard swept 11 rebounds for the Sixers (40-21), who compiled 22 steals and snapped a season-high four-game losing streak. Starter Danny Green was held out with a sore hip. Simmons returned from an illness.

It is the fastest the Sixers have reached 40 wins since 2001 when they advanced to the NBA Finals.

The Thunder (20-41) tied a franchise mark set in 2008 with their 14th consecutive loss.

Ty Jerome led the Thunder with 22 points while Darius Bazley added 14, Moses Brown had 11 and Theo Maledon 10.

After the Thunder closed within 48-39, Embiid hit a runner in the lane and a 3-pointer, Shake Milton added a jumper and the Sixers extended their lead to 16 with 4:39 left in the second quarter.

Simmons threw down a dunk with 1.0 second remaining and the Sixers went into the locker room with a 60-45 lead. Embiid led the Sixers with 15.

Jerome paced the Thunder with 12 off the bench, including a pair of 3-pointers.

The Sixers quickly opened the third with a trey from Embiid and a driving layup from Harris for a 65-45 advantage.

The young Thunder struggled to put together a run from there and trailed 82-58 after another trey from Jerome with 4:09 to go in the third.

Philadelphia led 93-66 at the end of the third and opened the fourth with all reserves.

Oklahoma City continued to be hurt by turnovers and committed their season-high 25th less than two minutes into the fourth. They finished with 30.

Tyrese Maxey (11 points) dropped in a 3-pointer with 9:28 left to give the Sixers a 100-68 advantage.

The Thunder soon went through another tough three-and-a-half stretch without a basket and fell behind 111-74 with 5:17 remaining.

--Field Level Media