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PHILADELPHIA CREAM – Doug McDermott hit four 3-pointers and scored all of his 14 points in the second half and the San Antonio Spurs beat Philadelphia 114-105 on Sunday night to send the 76ers to their third straight loss to open the season.
“We’re learning that we can play with anyone,” McDermott said. “We had a good win last night (against Indiana) and we weren’t complacent. We went out and faced a very good team.
Devin Vasell scored 20 of his 22 points in the first half, and Keldon Johnson had 21. Coming off a 134-137 win at Indiana on Friday night, the Spurs were 16-for-38 from 3-point range and had a 40-10 advantage in bench points.
“We worked really hard,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Speed of execution is not what we all like, but we all have it. What it showed me is that they really want to improve and know what the league is like. I thought that was pretty impressive.
Joel Embid had 40 points as Philadelphia fell to 0-3 for the first time since 2016-17.
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“Defensively we need to connect better,” Embiid said. “We don’t keep the ball well. We have to work on that. It’s a relatively new team and it’s going to take time to get everyone on the same page. But we’ll be fine.
San Antonio (2-1) has been more effective defensively than in either of its first two games, when it gave up 131.5 points on average. The Spurs forced the 76ers to 12 turnovers and limited second-chance points to 14.
Spurs were effective in limiting the beauty of Harden, who averaged 33 points and shot over 54% in each of the first two games. Harden was 4 of 17 from the field, going 1 of 5 from 3-point range.
“We didn’t execute our attack well in the last four minutes and down the stretch,” Popovich said. “But we played hard on defense, we executed and we played with a lot of grunt. I think that’s what got us through.
McDermott’s shots from the bench came at crucial moments, including eight straight midway through the fourth quarter after Philadelphia erased a 10-point deficit and took a lead.
“My role is to step in and provide a spark and make those shots,” McDermott said. “Either I go in and do that or I run and let the guys get free for shots. That’s what the coaches tell me to do. So if I can do it, I will. And we needed it tonight.