SIXERS A 5 1/2-ROAD-FAVE VS. SPURS TONIGHT

By Jerry Wein and Skip Charles in Vegas

The Sixers (42-21) follow their 126-104 home win over Atlanta on Friday by playing in San Antonio tonight.

These Spurs aren’t Tim Duncan’s, and they are a 5 1/2-point underdog.

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Philly is in second place in the Eastern Conference, just off the pace set by Brooklyn.

Dwight Howard led the 76ers with 19 points and 11 rebounds off the bench, with Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid scoring 18 points each as Philly swept a home back-to-back versus the Hawks.

Friday’s win, the 76ers’ third straight, featured double-figure scoring by six players in a third consecutive game in which coach Doc Rivers was able to empty its bench for most of the final period.

“It came at a perfect time for us,” Rivers said afterward. ”None of (the starters) had to stretch minutes. Now they’re good to go, which is great. The bench guys got great rhythm.”

The 76ers’ three-game streak (all at home) featured the largest cumulative margin of victory (plus-97 points) in franchise history according to Sixers.com.

The recent surge can partially be attributed to the play of Simmons, who averaged 12.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5 assists in 22 minutes per game over the past three outings while shooting 78.2 percent from the floor. Simmons missed four straight games earlier in the month with an illness.

“Ben has been a tone-setter for us,” Rivers said. “He’s been absolutely amazing, I don’t know if it’s the best he’s played all year, but it’s close. He’s driving our team right now.”

The Sixers won the first meeting with the Spurs this season, a 134-99 home victory on March 14.

 

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