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Nick Nurse, Sixers single out Tobias Harris after big win over Nuggets

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers were able to walk away with a 126-121 win over the defending champion Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night and the focus is on the star duos.

The Nuggets’ duo of Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic matched up with Sixers stars Tyrese Maxey and Joel Embiid and the contest didn’t disappoint. All four players played well in the matchup with Embiid scoring 41 points with  10 assists and seven rebounds.

However, Tobias Harris played a key role in the win on Tuesday. The reliable veteran scored 24 points on an efficient 8-for-10 shooting. He knocked down two triples and went 6-for-6 from the foul line.

“Tobias had the big stretch when we were struggling, which was huge,” coach Nick Nurse said of Harris. “They kind of got the little lead and we didn’t have a whole lot going offensively and he scored about three buckets in a row and they were all tough buckets and that was huge.”

The stretch in which Nurse was referring to was early in the fourth quarter. The Nuggets had stormed back to take the lead heading into the fourth and Philadelphia was scrambling a bit. Harris scored eight quick points early in the fourth and his defensive effort was huge in helping the Sixers get the job done.

“He was big,” added Maxey. “Especially, in the fourth, he was big. We couldn’t get no offense going, he made some tough shots and he made like three baskets for us, he made two big free throws. So he was good. Like I said, he was great defensively, too.”

All in all, Harris made some key shots on another night that he is going to be overshadowed by a monstrous performance from Embiid and by what Maxey was able to do down the stretch.

“We had a few lapses, especially in that third quarter when they made their run, and no one is talking about him, but Tobias was huge again, as he’s been the last couple of games and all season really,” Embiid added. “He was huge. Especially, to start that fourth quarter. He had a key couple baskets that kept us in and we just closed it out, but we got a long way to go.”

When the Nuggets doubled Embiid at the nail, the big fella would make the right play and find Harris open for shots. The veteran knocked down two triples in the third and made plenty of big plays for the Sixers all night.

“I thought he made them pay early in the second half, too when they were doubling Joel at the high post there and he was just knocked down a couple of shots,” Nurse finished. “Again, it’s pretty good to get 24 on 10 shots.”

Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire