Simmons and the 76ers dominate Wizards 120-95, take 2-0 lead in first round
This series isn’t going to be close. Last night the Philadelphia 76ers steamrolled the Washington Wizards on their way to a 120-95 victory, leading the series 2-0. Philly’s big three dominated all aspects of the court. On offense, Tobi, Ben, and Joel shot a combined 70% from the field with a combined 63 points. It was not the best night health-wise as Tobias Harris rolled his ankle early but returned while Seth Curry did not return following an ankle injury.
Joel Embiid once again could not be stopped by the Wizards having 22 points on 75% shooting in just 26 minutes. Ben Simmons shut up the haters altogether, scoring 22 points while nearly getting a triple-double in the process. Matisse Thybulle impressed everyone and made history in the basketball realm last night. In just 20 minutes of play, Tisse had five blocks and four steals and was the first bench player to record those numbers in a playoff game and the first guard since 1983.
Between Matisse and Ben Simmons’ dominant perimeter defense, Washington could not get anything going on offense. After shooting 40% from three during game one, they shot an embarrassing 9% from the field, making just two of their 22 attempts. Russell Westbrook was just 20% from the field before leaving with an injury, and Bradley Beal was the only Wizard with more than 11 points.
The Sixers bench mob returned to form last night behind Furkan Korkmaz and Tyrese Maxey. Kork struggled during game one but had 13 points off the bench for the 76ers, while Maxey had ten points and three blocks. Following tonight’s win, the 76ers now hold a 2-0 lead on Washington and will travel down to face the Wizards for game three on Saturday and hopefully close out the series in four on Monday.
Mandatory Credit: Sports Illustrated