Sixers Move to 7-1 in a Wild Win Against the Wizards
A high paced, high scoring game against the Wizards came to a 141-136 end in favor of the Philadelphia 76ers. After pouring on a ridiculous 82 point first half, the Sixers were able to overcome some second half woes to pull out a nerve racking win.
Joel Embiid was phenomenal tonight, and the Sixers moved to 7-0 with the MVP hopeful on the court. In the victory tonight, Embiid dropped 38 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals. There isn’t anything else to say about Embiid besides that his dominance has become so evident on both ends of the floor and he’s almost unstoppable at this point. His MVP campaign is in full swing, and if he continues this type of play I would fully expect him to be in that conversation come the end of the year.
Seth Curry was incredible, specifically in the first half, where he started the game 6 for 6 from long range. Curry finished the game with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. His impact has perpetually grown, and each game he seems even more dangerous than the last.
On only 9 shots, Simmons added an efficient 17 points, while dishing out a season high in 12 assists. Ben impressed around the rim, where he went up strong and had success even late in the game, where he had a clutch bucket off of a great feed from Embiid. Simmons won’t always fill the box score, but just like every game so far this year, his impact is definitely felt throughout the game.
The Sixers proved again that they can be absolutely lethal from beyond the arc, where the shot a combined 62.1% from 3, with a ton of help from our guys Danny Green and Seth Curry (11-15 combined). While the majority of the damage was inflicted in the first half, the threat of the Sixers shooters has created such a difficult offense to guard effectively, which was proven in their 82 point first half.
Bradley Beal had a career night, scoring 60 points and tying a Wizards franchise record with Gilbert Arenas. Russell Westbrook also added 20 points and 12 assists.
The Sixers maintain the best record in the NBA, and face a Kevin Durant-less Nets team tomorrow night.
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