Seth Curry didn’t take it personally when the Mavericks traded him for the 76s in November, but it must still have felt pretty good beating his old team Thursday night.
Philadelphia scored a 111-97 win over Dallas, the team’s fourth win in their last five games. Curry scored 15 points in 29 minutes, continuing the 30-year-old guard’s career year. He now scores an average of 13.0 points per game with a scorching 48.3 / 46.8 / 93.8 shooting splits for field goals, 3 pointers and free throws.
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When asked if facing the Mavericks would be additional motivation, Curry opted for Main Street, but believes Dallas’ front office made a mistake by sending him to Philadelphia in the off-season.
“No, never nothing personal, man,” said Curry. “I have a lot of respect for a lot of these people over there. I just think they made a bad business decision, but it happens all the time, you know what I’m saying? It is what it is.”
The Sixers sent Josh Richardson and number 36 in the 2020 NBA Draft (Tyler Bey of Colorado) to the Mavs in exchange for Curry, and Philly clearly got the better end of that deal. Curry has given the Sixers a much-needed ground spacer around Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, and while he’s not as strong as Richardson, the team’s defensive rating doesn’t drop dramatically when he’s on the ground.
But the most important thing for Curry is that the 76 win. Philadelphia currently ranks first in the Eastern Conference rankings with an overall record of 22 to 11.
“Another night to get a win, to play well as a team, and that’s the ultimate goal of getting a win,” said Curry. “The main thing was [it’s] It’s good to see a lot of my boys over there on the other end of the floor and just catch up and then we play a game. “