Sixers aim to extend winning streak to six against uneven Spurs


January 5, 2022; Orlando, Florida, United States; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reacts to MVP chants from the fourth quarter crowd against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers will be looking for their sixth straight victory when they host the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.

The Sixers won their fifth in a row with a 116-106 road victory Wednesday over the Orlando Magic.

Joel Embiid led Philadelphia with 31 points, Tobias Harris added 22, Seth Curry had 20 points and 12 assists and Furkan Korkmaz scored 20 points in a balanced effort. Embiid, who was recently named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month, has at least 30 points in the five wins.

What’s special is that Philadelphia improved to 14-8 on the road. Still, he holds a 7-8 rating at home.

Why the disparity?

“It’s the question of the year right now for us,” Sixers coach Doc Rivers said.

The cohesion of the Sixers was evident throughout, especially Harris. On Monday in Philadelphia, Harris was booed by the local crowd and then made a sarcastic gesture to fans.

“We’re riding, and that’s a good feeling from our team and our group,” said Harris. “Our group is fitting together; we’re having fun there and it’s about the team.

The Sixers won again without key players such as Tyrese Maxey and Matisse Thybulle in the league’s health and safety protocol.

“I know they are feeling good,” Rivers said. “This thing, as everyone knows, is individual. Some guys struggled with that and some didn’t.

Spurs will seek their second straight road victory in a hostile environment when they visit Philadelphia.

Dejounte Murray was off the COVID-19 roster and scored 22 points in Spurs’ 99-97 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. Murray had been absent for 10 days, including five games.

The Spurs lost four of five while Murray was out.

“We don’t win without Dejounte,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich after coaching his 2,000th career game with the franchise. “We need him to win basketball games.”

Murray added 12 assists and nine rebounds in a moving 33-minute performance.

“This is my life,” Murray said. “Other than my daughter, my family, my friends and all that, it’s my life, what I do every day.”

“He’s special,” Derrick White added of Murray. “The guy likes to play, compete, talent, hit big shots, defend. He does everything for us. I’m so glad he’s back.

Devin Vassell also continued his massive progression with 17 points.

“He’s really asserting himself, getting more and more aggressive on the offensive end, which we love,” Popovich said of Vassell. “It takes off as we enter the season. “

Four starters hit double digits for the Spurs, who were deprived of Doug McDermott, Lonnie Walker IV and Devontae Cacok in the league’s health and safety protocol.

The shorthanded Spurs will make their fifth game on an intimidating seven-game trip. They had lost four in a row, including three in a row on that trip, before rebounding to a victory in Boston on Wednesday.

– Media at field level

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