There was no third quarter blown lead.
There was no letdown.
There was no great battle between Jimmy Butler and the team that traded him, because there was barely a game on Tuesday night. The Sixers pulled away from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second quarter and ended the night with the 149-107 victory.
A lot of the talk before the game centered on Dario Saric and Robert Covington returning to Philadelphia, but Covington missed his seventh consecutive game with an ankle injury, and Saric scored a quiet 11 points for Minnesota.
For Philly, the big three really was the team’s big three. Butler wasn’t as heavily involved early as expected, but he still finished with 19 points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block. Joel Embiid had 31 points and 13 rebounds, while Ben Simmons finished with 20 points, 11 boards, and nine assists. It was good to see all three players playing well, and to see Ben Simmons with all of the dunks.
Speaking of Ben Simmons dunks:
I told y’all he was dunking a lot.
Everything was working for the Sixers in this one, even aside from the aforementioned players. They had 83 points at the half, one of the team’s best halves ever. Wilson Chandler hit four threes. Jonah Bolden hit four threes. Corey Brewer, who was signed today, got to play eight minutes of garbage time. Seven Sixers finished with double-digit scoring totals. It was such a dominant performance that it became hard to concentrate on the game at times because Minnesota was so thoroughly beaten down. Luol Deng played 15 minutes for them! Deng has barely played for Minnesota this season!
Tuesday was also the return of Jerryd Bayless to Philadelphia. He played eight fourth quarter minutes and was booed each time he touched the ball, prompting NBA TV to send someone down to ask Sixers fans why they were booing Bayless.
Anyway, here’s the Sixers shot chart from the game. It’s a nice shot chart:
Philly has a day off before facing the Pacers on Thursday in a game that will probably be a lot tougher.