Sixers-Nets: Inside the box score


Sixers-Nets: Inside the box score

Evan Turner provided the Sixers fans in attendance at the Wells Fargo Center Friday night with an electrifying finish, scoring a buzzer-beater to lift the Sixers, 121-120, past the Nets, ending the team's seven-game losing streak (see story).

Let’s take a closer look at some numbers from the matchup:

• There were 31 lead changes and 21 ties in the Sixers’ OT victory. Meanwhile, in five overtime games this season, the Sixers are 4-1. The Sixers’ last four victories have come in overtime.

• The Sixers topped 120 points for the fourth time this season. The record for most games scoring 120-plus was six, set in 1993-94. Last season, the Sixers topped 110 points in a game just once.

• Michael Carter-Williams registered his seventh double-double of the season, going for 15 points and 10 assists. He also had three steals and leads the NBA with 3.13 steals per game.

• The Sixers outscored Brooklyn in the paint, 66-30. The Sixers have been outscored in the paint just once this season and rank second in the league in points in the paint.

• Evan Turner contributed 10 rebounds to his game-high 29 points. It was the 18th time Turner topped 20 points in a game this season after doing it just 17 times last year. He also posted his sixth double-double of the season.

• Despite shooting just 3 for 14, Spencer Hawes nearly had a triple-double. With a pair of three-pointers and two free throws, Hawes scored 10 points. He also grabbed nine rebounds to go with eight assists.

• Brooklyn got a career-high 26 points from Alan Anderson. Anderson hit a career-high five three-pointers, while forward Mirza Teletovic hit six three-pointers for 18 points. Brook Lopez (22) and Paul Pierce (24) also scored 20-plus for the Nets.

• Lavoy Allen quietly had 10 points with seven rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes.

• Deron Williams had 14 assists after dishing out 13 assists against the Sixers on Monday.

• The Sixers added to their NBA record by allowing 15 three-pointers in a game for the seventh time this season. Brooklyn hit 21 threes against the Sixers on Monday.

Jahlil Okafor eager for more minutes as knee heals

Jahlil Okafor eager for more minutes as knee heals

CAMDEN, N.J. — Jahlil Okafor has been patient with his right knee. He was disciplined with restrictions and recovery during the preseason, recognizing the goal of being ready for opening night. 

At the same time, once he got back on the court he wanted more. Okafor played eight minutes Friday against the Heat, his first game since Feb. 28 before undergoing surgery to repair a right meniscus tear. 

“I don’t think I’m going to do eight again,” Okafor said Sunday. “They kind of heard me complain about that a lot. I think it’ll definitely be more than eight, but it won’t be much more.” 

Okafor has been limited since aggravating his knee during the final day of training camp. He practiced “to tolerance” on Sunday, according to the Sixers. Okafor did not participate in the team scrimmage and worked out individually with assistant coach/head of strength and conditioning Todd Wright. 

The second-year big man did not feel soreness on Saturday following the game. On Sunday, he felt “kind of stiff” during practice. Brett Brown has been watching Okafor’s movement closely. While Okafor considered it to be “good,” Brown was a tougher critic. 

“I think he looked OK,” Brown said. “He didn’t look great to me today. I’ll give him a B-minus … It’s always how do you move? East, west, north, south, how do you move?” 

Okafor scored four points and had one rebound, one assist, one block and one turnover in Miami. He focused on his defense during the game. When he subbed out, he checked in with Elton Brand on the bench to receive feedback from the now-retired veteran. Okafor plans to continue to tap into him for advice throughout the season. 

With opening night three days away, Okafor still plans to be on the floor for it.

“I am optimistic about it,” he said. “I should be ready to go.” 

Robert Covington sprained his right ankle in Friday’s game and did not practice Sunday. Brown anticipates Covington, who has been starting at small forward, also will be ready to go Wednesday. 

“I do (expect him to play),” Brown said. “But we won’t know that for sure yet.” 

Sixers waive retired Elton Brand
The Sixers waived Brand on Sunday, making his retirement official. Brand announced his intentions to walk away from the game Thursday. The Sixers' request of waivers was a procedural step. The roster currently stands at 19. 

“It’s been an honor, it’s been a privilege to play this game, the game that I love, and I’m certainly going to miss it,” Brand said last week (see story). “But it’s definitely time now.” 

Brand celebrated his career with his teammates at Komodo in Miami on Thursday night ahead of their preseason finale against the Heat. 

Report: Nerlens Noel expected out 3-5 weeks after left knee surgery

Report: Nerlens Noel expected out 3-5 weeks after left knee surgery

It appears the Sixers' frontcourt logjam may not be an issue early on.

Nerlens Noel, who is having surgery Monday for an inflamed plica in his left knee, will miss the first three to five weeks of the season, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Noel suffered a left groin injury in the first preseason game against the Celtics and missed the rest of the preseason. While undergoing treatment, Noel reported left knee soreness, which led to the discovery of the inflamed plica.

It's been an odd start to the season for Noel. The big man was outspoken about his displeasure with the Sixers' frontcourt situation early in camp. With the deadline for Noel's rookie contract extension approaching on Oct. 31, the team has not had conversations about it, according to a report.

The Sixers are already without No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons as he recovers from surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot. The team will also be without their starting point guard Jerryd Bayless who is dealing with a ligament issue in his left wrist. Bayless won't require surgery and will be reevaluated in two weeks.