The first place 76ers went into Utah to play the first place Jazz on Monday night. Joel Embiid was on the injury report as Questionable with back stiffness that ultimately sidelined him for the game. The Sixers decided to go small, starting Mike Scott in his place and trying to draw a Ben Simmons versus Rudy Gobert match up. Which they did, and Ben did his thing.
The Sixers came out attacking and aggressive, scoring 42 in the first quarter including 19 from Ben. But then Utah’s shooting took over. By halftime the Jazz built a 6 point shooting on over 50% from three and controlled the game the rest of the way. Despite 42-9-12 from Ben Simmons and 36 more points from Tobias Harris, the 76ers fell to the Utah Jazz 134-123.
From the start of the game, you could see he was on a mission………It would have been nice to get a win and a 40 point triple-double, but we’ll have to save that for another time.Tobias Harris on Ben Simmons’ game tonight.
The Sixers ended the 4 games west coast trip with three straight losses in which they had a guard score 30 or more including Monday night where reserve Jordan Clarkson dropped 40 shooting 8 for 13 from three. They have been getting massively outshot in three-pointers and the bench has given them near nothing with Shake Milton out. They are still a game and a half above the Bucks for first place in the Eastern conference, but this road trip seems to have exposed some flaws.
The 76ers will look to get back in the win column when the Houston Rockets come to Philly on Wednesday night.