By Art Beitchman

As the Sixers continue their reemergence back into competitive NBA basketball, their bright and shiny new potential superstars, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons (above), are playing at a high level, as advertised.

The first 15 games were to be a tough minefield, mostly on the road, but a five-game win streak mixed in as they went west for a five-game roadie, have left them at 7-6 after a big effort in LA turning back the Clippers 109-105.

Embiid and Robert Covington drained 32 and 31 respectively, with Simmons dropping 22, including 7 slam dunks in an exciting finish at the Staples Center.

After losing some close ones in the first week of the season, the young and upcoming Sixers are learning how to finish at crunch time, coming away with victories that were sure losses a year ago.

The two stars have become must-see TV, with Jo Jo getting 20.9 PPG and 10.8 RPG and Simmons chipping in 17.7 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 7.5 assists per game. That’s the kind of daily production that keep you in most games.

Free agent JJ Redick is dropping 15PPG, Covington 16.8 PPG, nice balance through 14 games.

With a victory over the LA Lakers to finish the trip tonight, the Sixers will have had a successful 3-2 road trip.

When they get back to Philly they will have a long six-game home stand to further build on the good start to the new season — exciting, winning basketball the 76ers have played has long been waited for and great to see after many lean years.

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