The Philadelphia 76ers finally returned to the basketball court last night, beating the Washington Wizards…
Following last night’s 137-126 victory over the Indiana Pacers, Tyrese Maxey was full of praise for his teammates and the events that unfolded to give the Philadelphia 76ers an opportunity to draft him 21st overall in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Build the Statue: Shoutout Mike Muscala
Although I’m sure most of you know exactly what I’m referencing, let’s recap why Mike Muscala deserves a statue outside the Wells Fargo Center.
Muscala hit two three pointers in the bubble to secure a 22-point comeback victory for the Oklahoma City Thunder over the Miami Heat, 116-115. With the Thunder winning, it officially conveyed the pick OKC owed to the Sixers. Philadelphia then used the 21st pick to select Tyrese Maxey.
Obviously, as Maxey continues to grow into a bonafide superstar in the NBA, Sixers fans are quick to remind anyone who’s paying attention on social media that Tyrese fell to No. 21 in the NBA Draft while praising Muscala for hitting what are now arguably the two most important threes in Sixers’ franchise history.
Mike Muscala ties it and then wins it for OKC with back-to-back threes
Build the statue.
Last night, Tyrese Maxey dropped a 50 burger on the heads of the Indiana Pacers. He tallied seven rebounds, five assists, and three blocks with seven three pointers made from beyond the arc.
Following the win, along with giving full credit to his injured teammate Kelly Oubre Jr, Maxey acknowledged Mike Muscala, thanking him for hitting those three pointers and giving him the opportunity to be drafted by the Sixers.
Tyrese Maxey gives Mike Muscala a shoutout
“I hear it so often,” Maxey laughed. “Bub (team security) reminds me at least twice a month. I’ve seen it and it’s great. That’s cool. I mean, that’s just ironic, I guess. Shoutout to Mike. I like being here.” (via USA Today)
What Tyrese Maxey has managed to do over the first nine games of the 2023-24 NBA season is absolutely incredible. He’s averaged 28.6 points on 61 percent true shooting to go along with 7.2 assists to 1.1 turnovers per game.
Shooting Splits: 50.5/43.1/93.0
Maxey became the youngest 76ers player to have a 45+ point game since Allen Iverson, who accomplished that feat in 1997. The stat line of 50 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and three blocks has only been achieved by two other players in NBA history. The other two players? Michael Jordan (1992) and Kobe Bryant (2003).
Tyrese Maxey during 76ers 8-game winning streak:
- 50 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST, 3 BLK, 7 3PT
- 29 PTS, 6 REB, 11 AST, 3 STL
- 25 PTS, 9 REB, 5 AST, 2 BLK
- 22 PTS, 11 AST, 3 3PT
- 22 PTS, 5 REB, 10 AST
- 18 PTS, 4 AST, 2 STL, 1 TO
- 26 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST, 4 3PT
- 34 PTS, 6 REB, 7 AST, 7 3PT
Up Next for the Philadelphia 76ers – NBA Cup Time
Embiid and Maxey will be back in action tomorrow night at the Wells Fargo Center for Game 2 of the NBA In-Season Tournament against the Indiana Pacers. The Sixers are currently 1-0 in tournament play, after beating the Pistons in Detroit on Friday night.
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