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Philadelphia 76ers

Ben Simmons posts a triple-double as the Philadelphia 76ers hold off the San Antonio Spurs

The Philadelphia 76ers held off a pesky San Antonio Spurs team to win 115-104 and move to 10-5 on the season. The Sixers are now 5-5 over their last 10 as they continue to iron out the kinks on a roster with multiple new pieces.

Tobias Harris led all scorers for Philadelphia with 26 points, while Ben Simmons recorded a 10-point, 10-rebound, 13-assist triple-double. DeMar DeRozan had 29 points and seven rebounds for San Antonio.

Here are some notable takeaways from the game...

San Antonio's losing streak now longest in Popovich era

The Spurs have now lost eight games in a row.

The losing streak is officially the longest in the Gregg Popovich coaching era. The last time the Spurs lost eight games in a row was Nov. 15-30, 1996 - Popovich hired himself to replace Bob Hill in the weeks following this streak.

The losing streak is also foreign to assistant coach Tim Duncan, who was playing college basketball at Wake Forest in the months leading up to the franchise-changing decision to draft the now Spurs legend.

The lockout shortened 1996-97 season was the last time the Spurs missed the playoffs. They now slip to 5-11 on the season, good for a tie of the second-worst record in the Western Conference. One has to wonder whether the franchise's incredible postseason streak of 22 straight appearances is about to come to a close.

Of course, they are heading towards a nice draft pick and we all know how that panned out last time...

The Simmons-Embiid combination

Philadelphia's ability to get out of each other's way on offence will continue to be monitored, though a struggling Spurs team appeared to be the tonic Joel Embiid needed to get back to his efficient scoring ways.

Embiid poured in 21 points to go with 14 rebounds on 9-for-13 shooting, going to work in the post, finding his comfort zone in the matchup with LaMarcus Aldridge. The All-Star big man was virtually unstoppable on the block, as he used a variety of moves to duck to the basket or fade away for a smooth looking jump shot.

Simmons, on the other hand, struggled from the floor, missing a bunch of easy opportunities at the rim to make just three of his 10 shot attempts. However, he did benefit from the Sixers' outside shooters making shots, giving his assist numbers a nice bump on the night.

It was another 20-10 game for Embiid and another triple-double for Simmons, but the two only combined for two attempts from the perimeter, both misses, and the spacing issues with the makeup of Brett Brown's roster will continue.

Tobias Harris finds the range

A 36 percent shooter from beyond the arc across his career, Harris has been slumping from distance to start the season. After signing a five-year, $180 million extension in the offseason, Harris came into the game against the Spurs sporting a career-low 26 percent clip from three.

In a great sign for Philadelphia fans, Harris was aggressive and accurate early, hitting two early triples and carrying that momentum through the rest of the game.

Finishing with 26 points, six rebounds and four assists, it was a complete game from the versatile wing, who went 10-for-16 from the field and 3-for-5 from deep.

Question marks continue to linger around the Sixers' ability to get buckets late in close games with Jimmy Butler moving to the Miami Heat, but if Harris can continue to heat up from the outside, it will go some way to answering those queries.

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