The moment called for a big finish, and the 76ers (27-16) delivered.
Looking to get back on track back on their home floor, the Sixers rose to the occasion, fighting their way to a hard-earned 117-106 victory over the Brooklyn Nets (18-22).
In an Atlantic Division battle that featured 12 lead changes and 10 ties, the Sixers clamped down to outscore Brooklyn, 31-16, in Wednesday’s decisive final quarter at The Center.
Tobias Harris netted 11 of his game-high 34 points in the frame. Nine of those points came in the last 2:20 of regulation, a stretch that began with him burying a leaning desperation 3-pointer as the shot clock expired.
The clutch basket gave the Sixers a 109-104 lead, and was part of a 15-3 game-ending surge.
Harris also added 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season.
The Sixers trailed by as many as seven points in the third period, but converted 10 of 19 shots overall and 4 of 9 3-point attempts to close things out in the fourth.
Ben Simmons supplied 20 points (9-13 fg), 11 assists, and six rebounds, while Josh Richardson (15 pts), Furkan Korkmaz (15 pts), and Al Horford (14 pts, 8 reb, 6 ast) also finished in double-figures.
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Things Changed When…
…Furkan Korkmaz went into “bomber” mode early in Wednesday’s fourth quarter.
Moments after Norvel Pelle energized The Center’s sold out crowd with an alley-oop dunk and block on back-to-back possessions, Korkmaz buried a pair of 3-pointers in the span of 30 seconds.
The timely connections vaulted the Sixers in front, 94-92, marking the club’s first lead since the last minute of the opening period.
• Al Horford was the epitome of a poised, patient veteran in Wednesday’s victory. He began the evening 2-for-11 from the field, only to close the contest with seven points in the fourth.
• Tobias Harris matched a career-high streak by registering a double-double for a third game in a row.
• In his fourth career start, Matisse Thybulle posted five points and a career-best four blocks, all while playing solid defense on All-Star Kyrie Irving.
Good win, good night.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) January 16, 2020
Before setting out on the road for three straight outings against division opponents, the 76ers host the Chicago Bulls Friday at The Center.