Last week, the Sixers had a five-game road trip on the west coast. In this timespan the 76ers faced off against the Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, and Sacramento Kings.
Ultimately, Philadelphia defeated all these teams in their home arena.
Depending on the matchup, Doc Rivers new starting lineups have worked out well so far.
Despite some major recent injuries the Sixers were able to persevere and return home with five straight victories.
The winning streak placed Philadelphia in second place in the Eastern Conference. Additionally, it has given them a slight edge over the Milwaukee Bucks.
The start of the road trip for the Sixers was a bit nerve-wracking to say the least.
In the first matchup against Utah, Tobias Harris was ruled out with a knee injury, but he returned the next night to play the Los Angeles Lakers.
The back-to-back games each resulted in a narrow one-point victory for the 76ers.
The middle of the west coast trip was where the 76ers capitalized. Philadelphia had a fully healthy lineup to face off against the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers. The Sixers had efficient scoring both nights (53.4% FG and 50.6% FG) which led them to two 10-point wins.
But the final game at Sacramento required aggressiveness and toughness. To start off, the Sixers did not have Joel Embiid and James Harden playing due to injury.
The 76ers displayed their resilience when trailing by 21 points.
Tyrese Maxey rose to the challenge and scored 15 points in the 3rd quarter to bring his team within single digits. On the night Maxey totaled 32 points, 6 assists, and 3 rebounds.
Tomorrow night, the 76ers host the Brooklyn Nets in a highly anticipated rematch. Earlier this season Philadelphia defeated Brooklyn 115-106 although Embiid, Harden, and Maxey were all sidelined.
The big question is, how often will the injury bug affect the Sixers most dominant starting lineup?
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