Russell Westbrook led the way with 37 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds, while newly minted All-Star Paul George added 31 points.
Philadelphia left its starters in to start the fourth, and they helped the 76ers take a 98-97 lead early in the quarter.
OKC came out strong.
So, Westbrook reiterated to two more teammates who walked to him and George.
"You don't replace him", Donovan said.
It worked - if only because Westbrook simply made a decision to change his pace, alone.
"He gotta start doing more tricks on the fast break", George said with his deadpan delivery.
Thunder: F Patrick Patterson knocked heads with Embiid in the second quarter and left the game because of the blood rule. He finished around the rim.
"I'm not saying he played the game exhausted, but to have to block him out is fatiguing". "The idea was in the starting lineup for Tobias (Harris) primarily but also for Avery (Bradley) to get a little more space on the floor, where guys have to play him". "And that's my job, to make sure the pace stays high".
"I'm not going up there".
Carmelo Anthony's two free throws in the last 3:30 of the 3rd quarter allowed him to reach the feat. "Knowing all the hard work that leads into accomplishing that goal, I never dreamt of having 25,000 points".
When Cousins went down Friday night, did he take the Pelicans' season with him?
Khris Middleton added 20 points and seven rebounds.
Of course, he didn't drive the pace up on his own.
It's what they do.
Who Public Bettors Like: Oklahoma City. The Thunder had 18 offensive rebounds and 60 total rebounds, while the 76ers had seven and 50, respectively.
"It's not about, 'Hey, listen, you've got to prove to me to earn the spot,"' Donovan said. "Had a lot of great rotations, scramble situations".
It has been almost 10 years since the Sixers beat the Thunder, and they will have to wait until next season to try to break that skid.
In the 76ers' last game, they blew out the San Antonio Spurs, 97-78.
Which he did and dunked to give the Thunder some third-quarter cushion in an eventual 121-112 victory Thursday night over Washington. Now, they've run past the Wiz, which supposedly no one beats. In the 10 games Roberson has missed, George's steal rate has dropped to 2.3 per 100 plays. "He's one of my personal favourites".