The booming Philadelphia 76ers will seek their fourth straight victory when they host the Utah Jazz on Thursday.
The Sixers won 98-96 on the road Friday against the Atlanta Hawks and followed with consecutive road wins against the Charlotte Hornets. After a 127-124 overtime decision on Monday, the Sixers came back with a relentless 110-106 win on Wednesday.
The challenge now will be to maintain the positive momentum in the second leg of a second leg against the ultra talented Jazz.
âWe did it,â 76ers goaltender Seth Curry said in a post-game interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia. “It’s like we’ve been on the road for two months. We’ve taken care of the business, got a few road wins and now we’re coming home.”
Philadelphia center Joel Embiid led the way with 32 points, eight rebounds and four assists while Curry added 23 points. Tobias Harris contributed 18 points.
The winning streak coincided with the recovery of the healthy 76ers. Aside from Ben Simmons, who has yet to play this season for personal reasons, the Sixers have been besieged by injuries and COVID-19 issues.
Embiid has spent three weeks away from COVID and he’s slowly returned to his All-Star form. He was particularly dominant in the two victories at Charlotte, scoring a total of 75 points.
“It happens,” Sixers coach Doc Rivers said. âYou know Joel and Tobias are still struggling with the effects of COVID and are getting by now. Tyrese (Maxey) is recovering from the flu. But I’ll say that the first time we haven’t had more. Injuries No hip (injuries) or anything like that.
“Everyone in the league is high. It’s just the NBA. But hopefully in the next week we can have a healthy team.”
The Jazz, after a disappointing 98-97 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on November 26, responded with five straight wins.
Utah beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 136-104 Wednesday in Minneapolis behind 36 points for Donovan Mitchell and 21 for Bojan Bogdanovic.
Mitchell, who has been effective all season even with opponents who have touched him, is on a four-game streak of over 30 points.
âI have to give Coach (Quin Snyder) credit. We’ve been through every situation,â Mitchell said. “We’ve seen it all eight times in training.”
Jazz playmaker Mike Conley is also playing well, although he was limited to 10 points and five assists by the Timberwolves. The 34-year-old veteran has steadily improved his shot, as he hits 50.9% from floor which would be a career high, and leads the league with a 47.6% hit rate over a 3-point range .
âAs the game started to shift to more outside shots and more 3-point opportunities, I just, summer after summer, I started to think, ‘Hey, I have to adapt or die in this league, “” Conley said. âSo I worked really, really hard at it, and I’m part of a team that creates a lot of space and opportunity for us, and I have a lot of beauty. feel able to shoot it down. “
The Jazz placed six double-digit players against Minnesota and lost 56.8% of their field goal attempts.
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