A double-double outing from Tobias Harris was enough for the Philadelphia 76ers to turn back Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies, 90-83.
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The Sixers earned their first win in the bubble behind Harris’ 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Ben Simmons’ versatile performance of 9 points, 7 boards, 9 assists and 3 steals. All-Star big man Joel Embiid added 10 points and 6 rebounds as the Sixers fielded a fully-healthy roster.
With a massive 26-point advantage entering the second half, Philly was able to hold off a Grizzlies’ comeback attempt in the third quarter. Defense was the name of the game for the Sixers as they held Memphis to only 39% from the field, and forced them to commit 19 turnovers.
Veteran center Jonas Valanciunas led the charge for the Grizz with a game-high 20 markers and 11 boards. Kyle Anderson, who wasn’t utilized that much this season, started the game and contributed 14 points and 8 rebounds. Sophomore star Jaren Jackson Jr. chipped in 13 points, 3 boards and 3 dimes.
Morant only came up with seven points, but had five rebounds and eight assists. The Grizzlies missed Justise Winslow’s services as the defensive ace sustained a season-ending injury during practice. On the other hand, the Sixers played every man on their roster, a good, healthy sign for them moving forward.
76ers (90) – Harris 15, Embiid 10, Simmons 9, Pelle 9, Burks 7, Korkmaz 7, Richardson 6, Milton 6, Robinson III 5, Horford 5, Thybulle 5, Scott 2, O’Quinn 2, Shayok 2, Neto 0
Grizzlies (83) – Valanciunas 20, Anderson 14, Jackson Jr. 13, Clarke 11, Melton 10, Morant 7, Brooks 6, Dieng 2, Jones 0, Jackson 0