After Philadelphia 76ers player, Kelly Oubre Jr. Is Injured In Hit-And-Run, Team Wins 8 Straight Games In His Honor
While walking in downtown Philadelphia near his home, 76ers guard Kelly Oubre Jr. was struck by a car and broke a rib on Nov. 11, in Philadelphia’s Center City.
After the Philadelphia 76ers traded James Harden, the expectation for the team dropped as they lost one of their key players. Yet, they were riding on a 7-1 streak but were given extra motivation for their last game when one of their teammates was injured in a hit-and-run car accident.
NBA.com reported that while walking in downtown Philadelphia near his home, 76ers guard Kelly Oubre Jr. was struck by a car and broke a rib on Nov. 11 in Philadelphia’s Center City. The driver fled the scene. Oubre was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, was listed in stable condition, and released a few hours later.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) November 12, 2023
The newly acquired 76ers player was walking near his home at about 7:20 p.m., and as he was heading west on the street, a gray vehicle that was going “at a high rate of speed” struck him “in the upper chest area with the driver-side mirror,” police said on Nov. 12.
The 76ers played the Indiana Pacers Sunday night, and his teammates pulled through for him, winning their eighth straight victory. Tyrese Maxey had a phenomenal career game as he scored 50 points. Last season’s MVP, Joel Embiid, had 37 points as the team won 137-126.
As Maxey closed in on 50, he stated that Embiid was more anxious than he was to get to that 50 mark.
“Joel wanted me to get 50 more than even I did,” Maxey said after the contest. “When he gave me the ball, he said, ‘You are going to shoot this basketball.’ And that’s why I appreciate my teammates, my coaches, and the fans. It was a great night, and we got the win, which is what matters most.”
Maxey joins “The Answer” Allen Iverson to have scored 50 points while under 23.
Embiid, who also pulled down 13 rebounds, mentioned “K.O.” in comments after the 76ers victory.
“The game today, I’m sure Tyrese was thinking about it, and we were all thinking about it,” Embiid said.” We just want him to take his time, recover, and know that we have his back. He’s needed because he’s a big part of us. We missed him tonight, but he should take his time.
In the locker room after the game, the players acknowledge Oubre during a FaceTime session with the injured player.
What a night for @TyreseMaxey.
& a special s/o to our guy K.O. ❤️💙 pic.twitter.com/4IOnsenLfb
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) November 13, 2023
The team stated that Oubre would be re-evaluated in about one week.