In the professional opinion of this blog, the Washington Wizards are in need of some Colangelo intervention.
The Sixers picked up their third win in a row when they demolished the Wizards 146-101 Monday night behind 20 made three-pointers.
In another early night off, Joel Embiid put up 34 points, shooting 14-of-20 from the floor while also having 10 rebounds and six assists.
Tyrese Maxey was incredibly efficient as well shooting 8-of-13 for 24 points, along with six assists in just under 25 minutes of action. He also got a rare fourth quarter off.
Here are some thoughts at the buzzer.
- Maxey picked up right where left off Friday — that being on a heater from downtown. He knocked down his first three shots of the game, all from downtown. Tobias Harris also hit a triple and the Wizards had to call a timeout before they even got on the board. Philly shot a blistering 60% from the deep in the opening quarter.
- Things were going so well for the Sixers’ offense that a hit-ahead pass from De’Anthony Melton was deflected by a Wizards defender before it could reach Embiid and still fell into the basket.
idk what to even call this but it was cool! pic.twitter.com/nRGNSFhnpy— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) December 12, 2023
- Philly’s defense wasn’t great to start, but the team didn’t look apathetic to the entire concept, so it was a better start than last week in Washington. Neither Kyle Kuzma nor Jordan Poole had a hard time getting to the basket, but the Sixers swiped four steals to help generate six Washington turnovers in the quarter. Philly led by 16 after the first.
- It appears the Robert Covington/Marcus Morris Sr. platoon isn’t a one-or-the-other scenario. Morris checked in towards the end of the first as he usually does, but Covington was back out there tonight at the start of the second. Covington out there with Kelly Oubre Jr. and Paul Reed is very interesting defensively. It’s just about as good as the Sixers can do in terms of length and switchability. The Wizards scored only three points in about three minutes with those guys on the floor.
- It wasn’t the typical slow start for Maxey. He scored 10 in the first, but he once again took command of the floor with the second unit. Once the Wizards were scared of him going downhill, Maxey picked them apart either going to the rim or finding his shooters.
- Embiid was really just out there trying stuff out. He threw several behind-the-back passes Furkan Korkmaz would be proud of and broke out the between-the-legs drop pass to Maxey in way more traffic than he ever has. It was just one of those nights as the Sixers held a 29-point lead at the break.
- It seemed somehow easier for the Embiid to score to start the second half, which seemed impossible with how much damage he’s done to this team. He made all seven of his field goals in the third quarter and scored 17 points.
- Mike Muscala is truly Santa Clause for Sixers fans. Not only did he play a huge part in Tyrese Maxey landing with the Sixers, but he also missed two straight free throws tonight, giving everyone free chicken nuggets.
- Take it with all the grains of salt because of the opponent, but Pat Bev’s night on offense was something. Through three quarters he had 12 points and two assists. He was 4-of-6 from the floor including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. The Sixers held a 45 (!!) point lead after three.
- Replay reviews in the second halves of games that have a 30-40 point margin should be illegal. Even for flagrant fouls.
- Korkmaz, Danuel House Jr. and Jaden Springer all checked in a couple of minutes into the quarter. It would have been nice for KJ Martin to get nearly a whole quarter too, he’s hardly gotten any run since he’s gotten here. Though Oubre was out there, he likely still needs some minutes to get his legs back under him.
- An important change: Mo Bamba’s made basket song is now Sheck Wes’ “Mo Bamba.”
- This murderer’s row of opponents continues for the Sixers as they head up to Detroit to take on the Pistons Wednesday night at 7 p.m.