The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Detroit Pistons 123-111 on Sunday thanks to Harden's 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. During the Sixers' four-game winning streak, Tyrese Maxey scored 23 points and Montrezl Harrell scored 20.
“I hate to you use this example, but when he's playing like this, it's like having a scoring Magic Johnson on the floor,” Sixers coach Doc Rivers said. “When he runs our team with this kind of pace and he scores and gets assists, we're really good”.
“Our defense was pretty good, we took care of the ball and I think everyone competed hard,” Maxey said. “Even someone like Paul Reed comes in and gets nine points and eight offensive rebounds. He plays with so much energy that the other team can't keep up”.
“That's a team playing for a championship and we shot ourselves in the foot,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “We had 22 turnovers -- the same number we had in the last game against them. We can't give them points like that”.
to ESPN. “Stew is the heart of this team,” Casey said. “He's not going to be perfect, but you know what you are going to get from him every night”. via ESPN.
Jusuf NurkiÄ Earns Double-Double in Loss
The Portland basketball team suffered their 20th loss of the season in Toronto, with a final score of 117-105.
Jusuf NurkiÄ had a standout performance, earning a double-double with 14 points and 18 rebounds, as well as 4 assists. The other starters also scored in the double digits, with Damian Lillard leading the way with 34 points.
“Much better,” coach Nick Nurse said to ESPN. “Both Scottie and Pascal played much more in rhythm tonight”. “For us to win this game, we had to take care of the ball and take good shots,” Portland coach Chauncey Billups said.
“Twenty-nine points is just too much”. “They continue to be our Achilles’ heel,” Billups said. “We’ve got to play better,” Hart said. “The arena doesn’t matter. We’ve got to play better”.