‘A great moment’: The day before Pioneers play in the World Series
PENNSYLVANIA — In the days leading up to the World Cup, the first thing you notice about the Philadelphia 76ers is how much of a different crowd is inside their arena than the ones you might see at a big game in an NBA arena.
That’s because this year’s team will be playing against the Philadelphia Flyers.
But this is the first time that the 76ers will be doing anything remotely like their regular-season opener against the Boston Celtics, when they defeated the Raptors in a six-game series in November.
The game was a huge success for the 76er squad, even though they fell to the Raptors, 110-107.
“It was a great moment,” 76er forward De’Aaron Fox said of the game, which they lost 103-100 to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.
“You know, the crowd was pretty awesome.
We were playing in front of a crowd that was going crazy for us.
That was a big moment for us.”
Fox is a veteran, having won three NBA championships and three NBA Finals MVPs, as well as the 2017 NBA Most Valuable Player award.
Fox was in attendance at the game.
He was also the star of the halftime show, playing drums and singing “The Bird Song” for the crowd.
The 76ers have had a pretty great start to the regular season, going 4-0 at home and winning five of their first six games.
They’re also playing in the first-ever NBA Finals, which is why the 76es fans are getting into the spirit, too.
“I’ve been here before, I know the feeling of going into a game and just getting a little bit of energy going, ‘Hey, this is where we’re supposed to be,'” Fox said.
“That’s what I try to do.
I try not to get too excited, but it’s fun for the guys to see it.
I love that feeling.”
Fox said that during the game he was wearing a pair of red and white sneakers that he made for his girlfriend, who works for the Sixers.
“The team, they always put us in good situations,” Fox said with a laugh.
“So I was like, ‘OK, let’s go do this.'”
The Sixers, who have lost three straight games and eight of their last nine, have been trying to find a formula for success this season.
The team has started to find some of its scoring and offense through the middle of the court.
They’ve scored at least 90 points in seven of their past eight games.
“We’ve been working on getting that going, getting those guys into the paint, getting that spacing,” Fox told The Associated Press after the game on Wednesday.
Fox scored 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting for the Flyers. “
They’re really good players, too, and they’ve just gotten better and better each game.”
Fox scored 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting for the Flyers.
“He’s a big, strong dude, so he can score, too,” said Flyers coach Dave Hakstol.
“But he’s also a great shooter, so we like his 3-point shooting.”
Philadelphia was down by seven points in the fourth quarter and never recovered.
“Definitely the crowd and the energy of that crowd was great, and that’s what we’re looking for,” Fox added.
“What we’ve been looking for is for our guys to be able to stay together and have that camaraderie, that camestank that you have when you play against that crowd.
That will always be important for us to keep going.”
The 76es had the game’s first lead with 3:03 left, but the Flyers grabbed it back.
Fox scored on a driving layup, and Fox and the rest of the 76s were able to get back into the game with 9:30 left in the quarter.
Fox had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Philadelphia got the lead back with 3 minutes, 38 seconds left in regulation.
Fox finished with 16 points.
“De’Aaron’s got a big body and he can shoot the ball,” Fox’s teammate Shabazz Muhammad said.
“(I’ve got) a big frame and I can stretch the floor, and he’s got that ability to shoot it, too.”
The Sixers led by as many as 14 points in regulation, but Fox had 16 points and nine rebounds.
Philadelphia had a chance to tie the game in the second quarter when it outscored Philadelphia 11-8 to take a 72-64 lead into halftime.
“My big goal is to be a big part of that run,” Fox.
“Everybody else was doing their job, but I wanted to get a big chunk of that game-winning basket.”
“It’s a good thing that I can play here,” Fox continued.
“This is a great team and a great organization. …