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The Sixers ended up losing by only eight points, 127-119, a misleading figure in what Brett Brown called a "garbage" preseason affair. Scottie Wilbekin scored 19 fourth quarter points against the fearsome fourth unit for the Wizards, led by Ish Smith (hey!) and DeJuan Blair. Furkan Aldemir had a double-double, too.
That mostly happened after the game fell out of contention. The Wizards, with an extra-sharp heaping of John Wall and Marcin Gortat, dominated whenever they hit the floor together. It was an uninspiring, pitiable beatdown that left even the official Sixers account to count down the time to completion.
Halfway there. pic.twitter.com/JDQhsRT72Q— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) October 17, 2015
More importantly, Pierre Jackson saw his first preseason action (finally!), but with limited time and rust seemingly lost ground to Wilbekin and T.J. McConnell in the backup point guard battle. McConnell finished with 10 assists and consistently was the one source of positive offensive progress, while Wilbekin pushed the pace and scored for himself late. Nerlens Noel played 19 unremarkable minutes.
Love the love people... Felt great to finally wear #PHILA across my chest!— Pierre Jackson (@PAPPYGAWD) October 17, 2015
Mercifully, the Sixers have just two preseason games remaining before the regular season kicks off on October 28th against the Celtics.