Determined to put an end to it tonight, the Sixers are off to a good start with their leaders who show the way forward. Joel Embiid drops the faults of Daniel Gafford, holder for the occasion, while Ben Simmons is aggressive inside. But the Wizards are hanging on in this complicated start to the game, even as Russell Westbrook, due to a blow to the eye, and Bradley Beal, due to his knee, take turns in the pits before coming back together. on the floor.
But in front, it is worse since after a bad reception, Joel Embiid is held the knee. He goes to the locker room, and we won’t see him again. Despite this big blow, Philadelphia fell into the lead at the end of the first quarter (31-28).
Robin Lopez and fashion Abdul-Jabbar
Surrounded by substitutes, Tobias Harris (21 points) does the job on the restart. Robin Lopez (16 points) may turn into Kareem Abdul-Jabbar by arming his arms to supplement his struggling leaders, the Sixers remain in control thanks to the long-distance success of their young guard.
However, this success crumbles over time. Deprived of Joel Embiid and embarrassed by the fouling problems of Ben Simmons and Dwight Howard, the Sixers are in difficulty and Washington benefits wonderfully with in particular the award-winning shots of Davis Bertans who finished top scorer at halftime with 15 units ( 61-60).
Back from the locker room, Daniel Gafford continues his festival against, while Russell Westbrook is monstrous with activity. Faced with these two athletic monsters, Philly evolves in a horseshoe around Ben Simmons who must manage his problems of faults. With the exception of Danny Green, the shooters do not respond to the image of a particularly awkward Tobias Harris tonight.
The decisive “Hack-a-Simmons”
While Davis Bertans joined Joel Embiid in the locker room, Rui Hachimura raised his level of play. But he also suffered a technical foul because of a reaction a little too aggressive after his dunk. His resentment rubs off on his teammates, and Bradley Beal gives 12 lengths ahead after a quarter marked by the entry on the floor of a spectator!
Back to the wall in this match, Doc Rivers decides to dig on his bench. And after the failure Shake Milton, the coach takes Furkan Korkmaz out of the drawer. Good pick since the Turkish scored 7 points in 3 minutes while Tyrese Maxey (15 points) amazes by bringing his team to a small point difference thanks to an external success.
Despite this comeback orchestrated by the bench, Rivers returns all the holders on the field. Scott Brooks’ answer is clear: “Hack-a-Simmons”. A winning choice as Washington scores three times while Simmons converts only 50% of his shots. This inefficiency is also costing the match in Philly since Hachimura will register 5 decisive points behind the repeated failures of the Australian. Result, Washington saves the honor by winning 122-114. For Philly, we will now have to wait for the results of Embiid’s knee exams …