Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
It seems like we continue to write these chapters of a book that is years in the making, titled, Wizards, this and Wizards that…. something along those lines. Tonight it was just that, Sixers 132 and Wizards 115. This and that is getting a bit old writing about, but we have to continue somehow.
For the Wizards, who may have their heads focused on overseas road trip, which we will also be making, it shouldn’t take away from the games here that mean something against conference opponents like the Sixers, but it clearly did tonight.
Philadelphia just had its ways with the Wizards that included some hot shooting from Jimmy Butler and easy transition baskets from Ben Simmons for a 32-29 lead after the first quarter.
Shall we even talk about the second quarter? How do you go 1-of-8 from the field to start the second quarter and expect to win games? The Sixers took full advantage of this debacle of an offense, when they took off a 16-0 run later in the quarter to open an insurmountable lead.
The Wizards were outscored 36-16 in the second period and found themselves in a 68-45 hole as this one was over by halftime.
So what’s the excuse this time? No Wall? No Morris? A not 100 percent Otto Porter, sure those are maybe some, but this team is falling apart and perhaps more at the seams, where Bradley Beal is just not going to be able to come in with his sewing kit from the Four Seasons hotel drawer and fix the problem every night.
Beal was the only Washington player in double figures with 18 points and the next highest scorers were Thomas Bryant, Tomas Satoransky, and Jeff Green who each scored just five.
” Tonight was just tough for us,” said Wizards Head Coach Scott Brooks. ” I reminded the guys after the game that we face them again tomorrow night home.” Gee thanks Scott, we are sure they wanted to hear all about how it might go tomorrow since they get back to D.C late and have to see them again on the court less 24 hours later.
Game Notables: The Sixers rookie spotlight was the show for the night. Landry Shamet set a new franchise rookie record by hitting eight 3-pointers, he also led the way, scoring a career-high 29 points for the Sixers.