Seth Curry scored 28 points to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-103 on Sunday night.
Joel Embiid added 22 points and nine rebounds for Philadelphia. The 76ers are off to a 2-1 start as they work through issues with Ben Simmons, the point guard the team listed as out because of personal reasons.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 29 points, and rookie Josh Giddey had 19 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals for the Thunder. They are 0-3.
Curry scored 23 points in the first quarter and made 6 of 7 3-pointers to help the 76ers take a 36-26 lead. After the quarter ended, a teammate waved a towel over him, perhaps concerned that he might burn up.
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Curry cooled off, and the Thunder hung tough. A step-back 3-piointer by Gilgeous-Alexander cut the 76ers’ lead to 59-51 at halftime. Philadelphia took an 87-78 lead into the fourth quarter.
The 76ers had an 11-0 run early in the fourth quarter. Furkan Korkmaz, Matisse Thybulle and Georges Niang all hit 3-pointers in an 88-second span to put the 76ers up 98-80.
Giddey hit two free throws, then he got a steal and made a 3-pointer to cut Philadelphia’s lead to 110-102 with just over a minute to play. Curry then hit a 3-pointer for his first points since the first quarter to keep the 76ers in control.
76ers: Embiid was a game-time decision with a right knee injury. Even minutes before tip-off, he had the knee iced. … Center Andre Drummond sat out with a sprained right ankle. … Curry made six 3-pointers in the first quarter. He had only made more than six threes once in a game in his entire career.
Thunder: Fans stood until Oklahoma City scored. It took a while, but Derrick Favors scored the first regular-season points for the Thunder in front of fans since the 2019-20 season was interrupted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. … Former Thunder players Thabo Sefolosha and Nick Collison attended the game. Collison is the only Thunder player with his jersey in the rafters.
Connor O’Malley, a 21-year-old from Tulsa, hit a half-court shot during a break in the action to win $20,000 from MidFirst Bank. The Southwestern Christian University student’s shot hit the backboard, bounced up from the front inside part of the rim and hit the backboard again before rattling in.
76ers: At New York on Tuesday night.
Thunder: Host Golden State on Tuesday night.