The undermanned 76ers once again held off an underwhelming opponent.
This time, it was a 106-100 victory Saturday night over the Dallas Mavericks at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers saw their commanding 19-point, fourth-quarter lead shrink to four points with 50 seconds remaining.
However, Joel Embiid and Furkan Korkmaz combined to make four foul shots down the stretch as they held on to their six-point victory.
Embiid finished a game-high 25 points and Ben Simmons notched his sixth triple-double, as the Sixers (26-14) extended their winning streak to three games. The win was similar to Wednesday’s, when the Sixers had a commanding 30-point lead before escaping with a 132-127 road victory at Phoenix.
The Mavericks (18-21) have lost three of their last four games. They also dropped to a league-worst 3-18 on the road.
The Sixers were without swingman Jimmy Butler and power forward Wilson Chandler for the second straight game. Both are sidelined with upper-respiratory infections.
As a result, Korkmaz and power forward Jonah Bolden again joined Embiid, Simmons, and JJ Redick in the starting lineup.
Simmons finished with 20 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists. He secured the triple-double when he grabbed an offensive rebound with 3 minutes, 30 seconds left in the third quarter. That was his 10th rebound, to go with 16 points and 11 assists at that point.