21 active NBA players have career-high scoring performances against the Philadelphia 76ers with 3 additional players having tied career highs against the team. This puts the team among the top in the league in this category. This can be a frustrating watch having happened almost at a rate double an average team.
The oldest group has many familiar faces that include some memorable games:
-Jimmy Butler scored 53 as a member of the Bulls (1/14/2016)
-Bobby Portis dropped 38 off the bench with the Bulls (2/22/2018)
-Blake Griffin’s 50 with the Pistons which seemed like his only good game with the team (10/23/2018)
-Kemba Walker scored 60 in but the Hornets lose on a Butler buzzer-beater (11/17/2018)
-Kevin Huerter caught fire scoring 29 for the Hawks (1/11/2019)
-Giannis Antetokounmpo went off for 52 against the Sixers (3/17/2019)
-TJ Warren’s bubble game scoring 53 for the Pacers (8/1/2020)
-And of course, Bradley Beal with 60 for the Wizards (1/6/2021)
(Also, Kevin Knox – 31- 1/13/2019 and Luke Kornet – 25 – 2/9/2020)
2021 had a lot of marginal players making career highs with Delon Wright-28, Anthony Lamb-22, Ignas Brazdeikis-21, Cole Anthony-37, Nick Richards- 12, and Thor-8. Cole Anthony the exception to the group. Thor and Richard’s highs happened in the same game with the Hornets on 12/6/2021.
This past season showed 5 players from 5 different teams score career highs against Philadelphia from January 15-January 31. Omer Yurtseven-22, Mo Bamba-32, Willy Hernangomez-29, Tyrese Haliburton-38, and Desmond Bane-34 all had career nights over this stretch. 76ers won all 5 games.
The remainder of the season showed 3 more players reach highs with Aaron Nesmith scoring 18 for the Celtics, Jalen Smith and his goggles scoring 19 with the Pacers, and Luka Garza scoring 20 in the final game of the season.
In the 23 games that these players have had career highs against the Sixers, the Sixers are 17-6 and have won 11 of the last 12. As unpleasant as it is to watch players go off against the Sixers this is a nice trend that hopefully can continue.
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