With the Jimmy Butler era now in full swing, the Sixers look to build off their big win in the new star’s home debut. A battle all the way to the final whistle, the Sixers came out on top last night over the Utah Jazz, 113-107. But there is no rest for the weary, as the team got on the road and now have a game tonight in Charlotte against a Hornets team that has given them problems in the past, most notably just eight days ago.
A 133-132 overtime win in Philadelphia wrapped up both Robert Covington and Dario Saric’s Sixers tenures on a high note, as they were shipped off to Minnesota the next day. Joel Embiid took over that game as he often times does, finishing with 42 points and 18 rebounds, and Ben Simmons had one of his best games this year with 22 points, 13 assists, and 9 rebounds.
It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows though, as Kemba Walker was able to do just about anything he wanted against the Sixers in the fourth quarter and overtime, scoring 22 of his 30 points in those two periods alone. The Sixers were able to do just enough to escape with the win, but now get to see an angry Hornets team looking for revenge, this time in Charlotte. For the 7th (!!!!!!) time in 40 games, the two teams will do battle.
It’s been an up-and-down start to the season, but now with Jimmy Butler in tow the team finally has the piece that they have been missing for quite some time: a closer. Only two games into his Sixers career, Butler is already making a difference on both ends of the court. Once he gets comfortable, special things could be in store. A winnable game, with a new star playing big minutes — look for the Sixers to hopefully keep the winning ways going.
When: 7:00 pm EST
Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 the Fanatic