Realistically there’s no team in the league equipped to defend Embiid and Harden. And perhaps most importantly, 21-year-old Tyrone Maxey shot 12-for-16 for 28 points, and proved, for one game at least, that he can thrive on a team with Harden.

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“I know from his experience,” Maxey said, “when he’s doing his ‘tween-the-legs and steps back on me and you touch him and he gets a foul and you just be like …(hangs head)...but nah it was great.”

Imagine Brooklyn not demanding Maxey and still sending James Harden to Philadelphia for Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two picks. Couldn’t be me.

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A February blowout in Minnesota is not a tight Game 7 in Milwaukee or Boston in the spring. But for now, Embiid, Harden and the Sixers look right together.