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5 things: Sixers blowout Wizards

Dave Uram
January 09, 2019 - 8:10 am
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The 76ers continue to benefit from a very easy schedule through the exact midway point of the regular season, blowing out the John Wall-less Wizards at Wells Fargo Center in the first half of a back-to-back home-and-home 132-115 to improve to 27-14 overall and 18-3 in South Philadelphia. 

The Landry Shamet Show

Whatever Landry Shamet ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday, he should repeat that meal routine for the rest of the season. The rookie from Wichita State recorded career highs of 29 points and eight three’s, with each of his long balls coming prior to the fourth quarter. The eight three-pointers were one short of the NBA rookie record and Sixers franchise record, but a Sixers rookie record.

"It just felt like any other game," Shamet said. "I came out and was shooting the ball and these guys just keep telling me to keep shooting and just kind of let the game come to me. It just turned into what it turned into."

His hot shooting came at a timely moment considering JJ Redick was a late scratch due to lower back tightness. 

"He more than replaced JJ," Joel Embiid said. "He hit about eight three's, so it was great for us. He needs to keep on doing it. I told him, I was like 'You are going to be here for a while, so we need to start mastering that two-man game.'"

The Sixers were 17-of-33 from distance.

Big 3

Simply put, the Wizards have one star in Bradley Beal, while the Sixers have three in Embiid, Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler. The simple mathematics were a big reason the 76ers dominated yet another inferior opponent.

Jimmy Butler finished with 20 points on eight-of-nine from the floor and sparked the team after getting off to a slow start that resulted in an early Wizards lead. Joel Embiid produced a rather quiet night, but still finished with his typical 20 points and 10 rebounds. Ben Simmons was also aggressive on offense, scoring 17 points on eight-of-15.

Benefit of a Blowout

It’s hard to believe the 76ers already played half their regular season schedule. Sometimes, it feels like they’re still in the early stages of their season, but they’re not. The NBA is a rigorous night-in-night-out process (no pundit intended), so anytime Brett Brown can spell his big boys is a plus.

Embiid played all of 15 seconds in the fourth quarter, finishing with 24 minutes. Butler played 27 and Simmons 28. The 76ers play the Wizards again, Hawks, Knicks and Timberwolves before their schedule gets immensely harder, and that can’t be overstated. It’s always a plus for Brown to rest his main guys so they’re as fresh as they can be when playing high quality NBA opponents.

"Before this game," Brown said, "the next five games, now it's four games, are our opporutnity to play better defense, to get wins under our belt, to get a respectful cokiness, a mojo, a swagger, a belief that we can take then into royalty, elite in the league.

"All those games are national TV games. It's the elite of the NBA, and so I want to take this next period of time, respectfully, building our defense, preserving and growing our team chemistry and winning along the way before we get to that period."

Embiid is a Man of the People 

​Because Embiid and company got to rest a lot in the fourth quarter, the Sixers center made his way over to the second row with the game well in hand to interact with a young fan. Embiid took the kid's seat and them let him sit in his lap. Embiid said he asked the young fan what his name was, his age and if he wanted to play basketball when he's older, to which the kid responded yes. 

Embiid took his seat and let him sit on his lap. --

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Embiid's relationship with the fans is one of a kind. 

"A lot of times I need them to get going," Embiid said. "Sometimes the game is kind of easy so I just get relaxed, but I always need someone in the background to push me to play harder and keep dominating and that's what they do for me. We have a special relationship and I would love to be here for the rest of my career and these are the type of fans I want to play for." 

Philadelphia Lovessssss Its Eagles

I know you’re probably thinking “no duh” when it comes to that sub-headline. But, it’s worth pointing out again in light of how some Eagles were showered with love, many times unsolicited Tuesday at Wells Fargo Center.

Alshon Jeffery, Nate Sudfeld and Michael Bennett sat court side, and heard Eagles chants and cheers of support throughout the night. When Jeffery and Sudfeld arrived and left, they received ovations, and the same goes for Bennett when he walked out.

This town loves its Birds.