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With their 105-95 victory at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York, against the Brooklyn Nets, the Philadelphia 76ers have notched their 10th victory of the season to advance to 10-25 this season. Center Joel Embiid led the 76ers with 20 points in only 23 minutes of play, while center Brook Lopez led the Nets with 26 points in 31 minutes of play.
Although this may not seem like a huge accomplishment seeing as how the 76ers still sit in 14th place in the Eastern Conference and this victory was against the only team with a worse record than them in the Eastern Conference and in the entire NBA, it was still huge for the team because it shows that they are on the road to improvement, and that what fans and players alike know as the “process” is finally starting to work in Philadelphia.
How, exactly, is this victory indicative of improvement? The win is their 10th of the season, and it has come nearly three months earlier than the team’s 10th victory in the 2015-2016 season, when they ended up winning only 10 games all season, finishing the season with a terrible 10-72 record. The 76ers’ 10th victory this season has come in their 35th game, while it came in their 78th game last season with a 107-93 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016, nearly three months later in the year 2016 than today, Sunday, January 8th, 2017, is in the year 2017.
This is also the earliest that the 76ers have been able to notch their 10th win in a season since they earned their 10th victory of the 2013-2014 season with a 114-102 win over the Denver Nuggets in the 31st game of that season, with that win coming on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014, pushing the team’s record to 10-21.
The 76ers’ next game is at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, against the New York Knicks on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017, where they will look to surpass their win total from last season before the halfway mark of the season hits.