The 76ers (0-1) prepare for their opening game at home Thursday, hosting the Milwaukee Bucks (0-0) in South Philadelphia.

The Bucks will play their season opener on Thursday.

Thursday’s Eastern Conference heavyweight game marks the start of a three-game home game for the Sixers, before hosting the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday and the Indiana Pacers on Monday.

James Harden He led The Sixers Tuesday, scoring 35 points. Boston’s Jason Tatum and Jaylene Brown also scored 35 points each.

“We have a long journey, and a long way to go,” Harden said. “It’s about doing the right things, trying to do whatever it takes to help this team win… We’ll see some movies, get better, and be ready to go on Thursday.”

Match tips on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Tuesday’s main contributors

  • James Harden
    • Harden finished with 35 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the team. He shot 9 vs 14 from the field, 5 vs 9 from long range, and 12 vs 12 from the foul streak.
  • Joel Embiid
    • Embiid scored 26 points, 15 double rebounds, plus five passes and a block, and fired 9 for 18 off the field.
  • Tobias Harris
    • Harris scored 18 points, two rebounds, and three record-highs in the game. He shoots 7-for-14 from the field and 3-for-6 from depth.

“Tobias was huge,” said Doc Rivers. “He was great all night. He played the right way all night. He gave himself completely to the team… his soul – we need 15 of them.”

  • Therese Maxi
    • Maxi scored 21 points in an 8-for-16 shot, as well as two assists and steals, the team’s highest at 38 minutes.
  • PJ Tucker
    • On his Sixers debut, Tucker scored six points, four rebounds and a block in 33 minutes. Shoot 3 vs 5 from the field.

The 2021-22 Bucks finished the season 51-31, good for third place in the Eastern Conference.

After defeating the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 2022 playoffs, the Bucks fell to eventual Eastern Conference champions the Celtics in Game Seven of the conference semifinals.

The Bucks drafted MarJon Beauchamp with the 24th overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. Beauchamp played alongside two-way Sixers and Michael Foster Jr of Milwaukee with the NBA G League Ignite last season.

Khris Middleton (left wrist ligament surgery), Joe Engels (left knee anterior cruciate ligament surgery) and Pat Connaughton (right calf strain) are out on Thursday.

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