PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown acknowledged that after he informed his gamers and the media earlier than the season started that the purpose was to make the playoffs, it “wasn’t well received” by many within the cautious entrance workplace.
Seems, Brown had the heartbeat of The Course of. Not solely are the Sixers headed to the postseason, they’re poised to make some noise.
Ben Simmons added 16 factors, seven rebounds and 9 assists, and Robert Covington had 15 factors and 10 rebounds. Two years after going 10-72, the Sixers (50-30) clinched home-court benefit within the first spherical of the playoffs and secured their first 50-win season since Allen Iverson‘s 2000-01 crew, which misplaced within the Finals.
“In our profession, Brett has become a legend,” stated Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, whose crew has begun its personal rebuild. “He is simply been unshakable as a frontrunner and as a man that is at all times pushed his groups to at all times play at their highest capability by way of power and energy.
“And as this factor has gone alongside, within the fourth or fifth yr, they’ve constructed up the blokes that they like and so they’ve gotten rid of numerous different guys that weren’t fairly adequate. They’ve added a couple of veterans and so they’ve carried out an awesome job with the draft.”
The one different time the Sixers received 14 straight in a single season, Dr. J and Moses Malone delivered Philadelphia its final NBA title in 1983. The 76ers received 18 straight spanning the 1966-67 and 1967-68 seasons for the franchise’s longest total win streak.
“I would not wish to play these guys within the first spherical with them having home-court,” Carlisle said. “Not on this place.”
However Brown, now 125-283 in his fifth yr in Philly, continues to be taking the lengthy view after experiencing the ache of The Course of’ early years.
“We’re rising a tradition,” Brown said. “And, oh by the way in which, we have received 50 video games and we have now home-court benefit and we have tied a file. That is true. However that’s by no means actually what’s most on my thoughts.”
“I assumed we performed fairly onerous,” Carlisle said. “This can be a very onerous crew to play.”
The undermanned Mavs had been no match for the Sixers, who received their sixth in a row with out injured All-Star Joel Embiid, who’s out till no less than the beginning of the playoffs with a watch harm. They moved a recreation forward of idle Cleveland for the No. Three seed within the Japanese Convention with two video games left.
Two days after an emotional win over the Cavaliers, the Sixers missed 5 of their first six photographs. However Simmons keyed a 17-Three second-quarter run by aiding on Covington’s consecutive Three-pointers earlier than his twisting layup in site visitors that made it 50-34.
The Sixers led by 19 earlier than Smith helped get the Mavs inside 4 factors late within the third quarter. However the Sixers shortly bought the lead again to double figures.
Dallas shot 11 of 40 from Three-point vary in its remaining street recreation. The Mavs will quickly face massive selections within the draft and free company that the Sixers had been as soon as considering.
“I hope that I signify a real-time instance to different homeowners that may say, `This is the plan, and we’re actually going to stick to the plan and stroll it down and never blink,” Brown said. “We have now improbable homeowners which have stated one thing to me and so they have delivered.”
Mavericks: Barnes began zero of seven from the sphere and missed his first three free throws. … Dallas completed 9-32 on the street.
76ers: The 1982-83 Sixers received 14 straight from Dec. 21-Jan. 21. … Philadelphia received 18 straight over two seasons in 1966. … The Sixers final misplaced March 13 to Indiana. … Ersan Ilyasova had 11 factors and 12 rebounds.
Brown stated Embiid may resume conditioning and capturing as quickly as Monday.
FULTZ OVER MCCONNELL
Brown thought rookie Markelle Fultz was simply “OK” after getting practically all of the backup minutes at level guard forward of T.J. McConnell. Brown stated he hasn’t determined if Fultz will likely be a part of the postseason rotation.
“That continues to be a bit of little bit of a thriller to us,” Brown said. “And it ought to. He hasn’t performed, as everyone knows, a lot NBA basketball.”
The Mavericks ensured they may keep under Orlando and preserve the fourth-worst file within the NBA. Solely Atlanta, Memphis and Phoenix have poorer information.
Mavericks: Season finale Tuesday evening at residence vs. Phoenix.
76ers: Monday evening at Atlanta.