Even without Joel Embiid, the Sixers continue in Washington
Before meeting again on Tuesday, but in Pennsylvania Wizards and Sixers They first challenged each other in the American capital this Monday evening. A clash of teammates won (118-111). James Harden (23 points, 7 rebounds, 17 assists) found a way to win his third straight game without Joel Embiid (illness).
For Washington, this is the third defeat in a row. Kristaps Porzingis (32 points, 9 rebounds), Bradley Beal (20 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists) and others may lament the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth quarter, which forced Philadelphia to go up and then never relinquish control. . Despite a small fear to finish…
WHAT TO REMEMBER
— Washington’s great air vent. Leading (71-68) midway through the third quarter, the Wizards then conceded a monster goal … 27-6 early in the fourth quarter (95-77). They would of course manage to come back to -5 in the last minute, but Wes Unseld Jr.’s men lost the match when they took water all over the field. Because they couldn’t hit multiple baskets, they basically let James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, Tobias Harris, Montrezl Harrell and the other Georges Niang sing for them from far and wide. Willy-nilly, this did not forgive…
— James Harden is in control. Just like in the old days, the 2018 MVP roamed the offense in this “very small ball” playmaker role. With his speed, he quietly cut through the Wizards defense from start to finish, distributing play cleanly (equal passing record, with just 4 turnovers) or scoring when needed and without forcing too much (8/17 shots, including 2 balls /6 – 3 points). A trip that will certainly deserve to calm him down and – why not – revive him after a slight slump in three games.
✅ Kristaps Porzingis. Against the Sixers’ “very small ball,” and especially against PJ Tucker, the Latvian clearly enjoyed his size advantage. The author of the best performance of the season, unfortunately in the loss, he showed aggression (9/9 on free throws) and knew how to alternate between being near the circle or playing further (3/7 from 3-pts). Then a boss match. More so than Washington’s usual leader, Bradley Beal, anyway.
✅ Tyrese Maxey. In addition to James Harden, the entire Sixers starting five performed well tonight, from Tobias Harris (16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals) to PJ Tucker (13 points, 5 rebounds), De’Anthony Melton (16 points). But we still prefer to highlight the new good performance of “T-Max”, who finished as the team’s top scorer: 28 points. Able to outplay Joel Embiid in scoring, he stun the Wizards defense with his vitality and ability to get to the rim in the second or final quarters.
⛔ Deni Avdia. After starting the Wizards’ first six games, Israel (now) sat out Wes Unseld Jr.’s first five games. He’s behind Anthony Gill in the pecking order, so he’s had to adjust to a substitute role, and he’s hardly flashed today: 0 points and 3 fouls in 17 minutes, just one shot attempt (and therefore missed).
#SHAGTIN: KYLE KUZMA’S FAILED DUNCK JACKED BY SIXERS
Washington (3-4) : Travel to Philadelphia, Tuesday (11 p.m.).
Philadelphia (4-4) : Reception of Washington, Tuesday (11 p.m.).