Thunder Defeats 76ers in Triple-OT Thriller

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Triple Overtime Takeaways

No more excuses, Sixers need to start showing more than potential on the biggest stages

The game was full of statistical nuggets that would be intriguing even if standing alone.

In a wild first overtime, the Sixers went ahead 102-97 only to have the Thunder score five straight to equalize again at 102 with 36.3 seconds remaining.

The Philadelphia 76ers, meanwhile, can only hope they are beginning to regain theirs, as they host the Thunder on Friday night. Plus, one call-out of Russell Westbrook.

The Philadelphia 76ers snapped a four-game slide with a win at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday while pushing their young stars harder than ever. Kyrie Irving led the with 33 points.


Embiid, who scored 34 points on 11-of-20 shooting, got into it with Westbrook after the game, with pair yelling at each other back and forth while walking off the court.

Raymond Felton had 14 points for the Thunder. Embiid appeared to be wincing with a stiff back through the overtimes and in the postgame locker room.

The two teams combined to take a whopping 213 shots with four players exceeding the 50-minute mark. "I think we're just not used to (open shots), maybe", Anthony told ESPN.com. His teammate, Ben Simmons, came up just a rebound shy of recording a triple-double in his 51 minutes, recording 12 points, 11 assists, and nine rebounds. The Thunder continue to get solid efforts from center Steven Adams, who scored a team-high 23 points on 11-of-16 shooting and is averaging 19 points on 71.3 percent shooting in seven games this month. Then against the Thunder he caught fire and scored 14 on 4-of-7 (all three-pointers) for his 10th double-digit outing of the season.

George struggled, shooting 3-of-14 from the floor and scoring 12 points, while turning the ball over four times. Robert Covington will return for Philly after missing two games with a back bruise, but ultimately I believe OKC gets the job done here. When the game finally ended - Westbrook returned the favor. Look for the Sixers to offer a more concrete update on his status closer to game-time. They wouldn't win another period until the third overtime.

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