The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Phoenix Suns, 88-86, in the Las Vegas Summer League Playoffs at Thomas and Mack Center on Thursday.
Despite the fact that a winless Philadelphia team had to play an undefeated Phoenix team, the Sixers were able to prevail in comeback fashion. In fact, the Sixers overcame a 14-point second quarter deficit by outscoring the Suns in the third quarter, 28-19, while holding the lead for the entire fourth quarter. This was a competitive game down the stretch, as it stayed within a four-point margin across the final three minutes of action, as the Suns committed a critical turnover in the final seconds with an opportunity to tie the game. Rim protection was a huge factor for Philly, as they out-blocked Phoenix, 8-4. Three-point shooting was also imperative, with the Sixers connecting on 15-of-34 and the Suns hitting just 5-of-20 from long range.
The Sixers (1-3) were led by Isaiah Miles, as he tallied 20 points and six boards on 7-of-10 shooting. Furkan Korkmaz finished with 18 points, five rebounds and three assists. Demetrius Jackson accrued 10 points, three rebounds and five assists while Askia Booker led the bench with 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
The Suns (3-1) had four starters reach double figures in scoring, as Shaquille Harrison led the way with 17 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals. Davon Reed totaled 16 points, five rebounds and four assists. Deandre Ayton amassed 10 points, nine rebounds and three steals while Dragan Bender added 12 points and five boards.
On deck for Phoenix is a second-round matchup on Saturday with the winner of the Milwaukee-San Antonio game.