Benjamin David Simmons has missed his first NBA season game due to an injury that he has at his elbow, but Philadelphia did not miss a beat with an impressive win over Orlando.
Despite being without the injured Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers further proved their superior intensity by cruising to a clear win over Orlando Magic. The 130-111 win on November 25, was underpinned by Jonathan Clay (J.J. Redick) hitting a total of eight three-pointers as part of his contribution of 29 points as the Sixers glided past skidding Orlando Magic.
Joel Embiid got away from a cold to score a total of 18 points and managed to grab 14 rebounds; T.J. (Timothy John) McConnell Jr. had 15 points and a total of 13 assists and filled in at PG (point guard) for Simmons. J.J. and hit six first-half threes, four of them coming in the last 3:10 of the game second quarter, as the 76ers made a 70-55 halftime lead.
The 23-year-old Elfrid Payton Jr. had 22 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds in another dismal defensive performance for the Orlando, who have lost a total of eight straight games.
Meantime, the Australian Joseph Howarth Ingles had himself a match against the Bucks from Milwaukee, finishing with a total of 15 points and a normal season-best nine assists as the Jazz grabbed the 121-108 victory. Ingles shot a hot 5-of-8 from the 3-point line.
While the three-point shooting from Utah Jazz was spectacular, their ball movement was breathtaking, as they recorded a total of 31 assists as a team. Ingles was impressed with that mark.
Over in Oakland, the 29-year-old Steph Curry bounced back after a 0-for-10 start, scoring 14 of his total 27 points in the game’s third quarter, Klay Alexander Thompson added 24 points; the Golden State Warriors managed to hold on and beat the Pelicans 110-95.
Golden State Warriors won their second match in two nights without the winner of the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, Kevin Durant, who sat out three times in four matches due to an injury on his left ankle.
Elsewhere, LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol each had seven rebounds and 17 points; the San Antonio Spurs managed to hold the Charlotte Hornets team to 37% shooting in a 106-86 win.
Kyrie Andrew Irving scored a total of 25 points with Al Horford adding 21 to lead the Celtics to a 108-98 victory over Indiana.