Contact tracing left coach Doc Rivers with just eight players to choose from, though one of them – Mike Scott – did not play because of a knee issue.
Three of the Sixers’ five 2020 draft picks were among the seven players involved, with Tyrese Maxey in particular rising to the occasion.
“Being held up in New York, doing multiple tests, waiting for tests, contact tracing, then getting the list of guys being out, getting back to Philly at one in the morning, getting to your house and trying to think, not knowing if you’re playing or not.
“You’re on the phone with your coaches until four in the morning, still not knowing.
“Then coming here, an hour ago we were told we were playing. We have eight active players, and one is one that’s been injured, in Mike Scott, and I can tell you now that there’s no way that I’m going to play him.
“So you can make a case we have seven bodies to throw out.