SHANGHAI (AP) — JJ Redick did not leave out a shot. Dirk Nowitzki did not leave out a be aware.
Redick made all 10 of his photographs and scored 28 issues, Joel Embiid completed with 22 issues and the Philadelphia 76ers downed the Dallas Mavericks 120-114 on Friday night time in the opener of the NBA China Games.
Redick used to be 7 for 7 from 3-point vary for the 76ers, who trailed through 15 issues early.
“For him to come into this building and into China and shoot the ball the way he shot it, that is an elite JJ Redick performance — even by his standard,” Philadelphia trainer Brett Brown mentioned.
Ben Simmons completed with 9 issues, 9 rebounds and 10 assists for Philadelphia.
Dennis Smith Jr. had 15 issues in the game’s first eight mins and completed with 20 for the Mavericks. Dallas megastar Dirk Nowitzki sat out the game whilst proceeding to recuperate from left ankle surgical procedure, despite the fact that he used to be offered with a guitar all over a second-half stoppage in play through former NBA player Wang Zhizhi of China.
Nowitzki took it again to the bench and playfully strummed the strings, whilst fanatics who could see the scene at the scoreboards roared.
“With the energy in the building, it kind of reminded me of All-Star weekend,” Smith mentioned. “The fans are great. They really appreciate basketball and I know everybody on the court and even on the sideline in terms of staff, they appreciate the fans here. There’s mutual respect on both ends so we wanted to come out and give them a show.”
Dallas used to be additionally with out China’s Ding Yanyuhang, who sat out with knee soreness. He addressed the group in Mandarin before tip-off. Embiid additionally spoke to fanatics, capping remarks with the 76ers’ catchphrase of “trust the process.” And Nowitzki drew loud cheers when he greeted the fanatics in Shanghai with “Ni hao” — or hi.
“Thanks for having us,” Nowitzki informed the fanatics, before a game that used to be broadcast to greater than 200 nations and territories. “Thanks for the great hospitality. We appreciate you guys coming out tonight.”
Landry Shamet added 18 issues for Philadelphia. Rookie Luka Doncic used to be certainly one of 3 Mavericks with 11 issues.
The two Dallas-Philadelphia games in China this year will push the NBA’s overall of preseason games performed there since this China Games collection started in 2004 to 26. The NBA continues seeing huge reputation in China, the place it is estimated that 300 million citizens take part in basketball.
“The players recognize that the whole world will be watching, not just the fans here in China,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver mentioned. “So while it’s not a regular-season game, they know how important it is.”
Mavericks: It wasn’t just Nowitzki who wasn’t enjoying Friday. The Mavs have been with out two starters: DeAndre Jordan (death in circle of relatives) and Harrison Barnes (proper hamstring pressure). … This is Dallas’ first preseason commute in a foreign country since enjoying games in Germany and Spain in 2012. … Dallas rookie Kostas Antetokounmpo, the brother of Milwaukee megastar Giannis Antetokounmpo, airballed a unfastened throw past due in the game — then made his moment take a look at.
76ers: Philadelphia is enjoying in China, the U.S. and Canada this month on my own. … Embiid went zero for three in one first-quarter ownership, the entire photographs coming from inside of of five ft. … The 76ers have 3 wins in this preseason — their maximum since going 6-1 in 2012. … This used to be Philadelphia’s first preseason game out of the country since contests in Spain and England in 2013, Brown’s first season with the 76ers. He used 13 players in the ones games, and none of them are nonetheless with the 76ers.
Silver mentioned a tale printed Friday through The Dallas Morning News relating to further allegations of irrelevant place of job behavior, claims that weren’t incorporated in the not too long ago concluded investigation into the Mavs’ group . Silver mentioned the league used to be acutely aware of further allegations, and that Mavs are following the league’s orders to be in consistent touch with the NBA about how they’re taking corrective measures. “I think they’re well-equipped now with the new organization they’ve put in place to do the appropriate, necessary investigation and act on those findings,” Silver mentioned.
Led through Redick, Philadelphia’s bench shot 14 of 24 from 3-point vary. Philadelphia’s starters have been an insignificant 2 for nine from deep.
The groups meet once more Monday in Shenzhen, China.
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