Seth Curry didn’t take it personally when the Mavericks traded him to the 76ers back in November, but it still must have felt pretty good to beat his old team Thursday night.
Philadelphia cruised to a 111-97 victory over Dallas, the team’s fourth win in its past five games. Curry scored 15 points in 29 minutes, continuing what has been a career year for the 30-year-old guard. He’s now averaging 13.0 points per game with scorching 48.3/46.8/93.8 shooting splits on field goals, 3-pointers and free throws.
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When asked whether facing the Mavericks provided any extra motivation, Curry chose to take the high road, but he does believe Dallas’ front office made a mistake by shipping him to Philadelphia during the offseason.
“Nah, never nothing personal, man,” Curry said. “I got a lot of respect for a lot of those guys 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 the No. 36 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft (Colorado’s Tyler Bey) to the Mavs in exchange for Curry, and Philly has clearly gotten the better end of that deal so far. Curry has given the Sixers a much-needed floor spacer around Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, and while he isn’t as strong of an individual defender as Richardson, the team’s defensive rating doesn’t see a dramatic drop whenever he is on the floor.
But the most important thing for Curry is that the 76ers are winning. Philadelphia currently holds the No. 1 spot in the Eastern Conference standings with a 22-11 overall record.
“Another night to go out and get a win, play well as a team, and that’s the ultimate goal is to get a win,” Curry said. “The main thing was [it’s] good to see a lot of my guys over there on the other end of the floor and just catch up and then we play a game.”