The Philadelphia 76ers have been dominant on the offensive end recently, and that continued Friday night against the Washington Wizards.
Before their game against the Wizards, the Sixers had averaged 119.3 points in the past four games. Philly is having its best stretch on offense right now after having a shaky start on that end to begin the season. The team’s 123-98 win over the Wizards marked their third straight win and moved them to 7-2 in the Jimmy Butler era.
With the Sixers playing good defense, they were able to push the tempo to their optimal level. Brett Brown’s squad took advantage of the Wizards in transition as well, scoring 21 fast break points.
For the Sixers, scoring easy buckets in transition has been a strength this season. Before Friday’s game, they ranked No. 11 in the NBA for fast break points per game (14.5).
With the recent addition of Butler, though, the Sixers have had more space and variety within their offense. Since he joined the team, the Sixers have averaged 117.8 points per game.
Butler has scored just 18 combined points in the team’s last two games, which is somewhat surprising. But due to the fact teams have to account for him in such a big way, other players on the Sixers have had the opportunity to flourish.
Jimmy Butler’s attention allows opportunity for others
This game was a perfect example of Butler’s presence positively impacting other players. The Sixers had eight players, including Butler himself, score in double figures. Joel Embiid led the team in scoring with 16 points, which is actually the second-lowest number of points he’s had in a win this season. The lowest came in a 113-92 win over the Atlanta Hawks on October 29 as he finished with 10.
Ben Simmons was two rebounds away from having a triple-double, finishing with 13 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists. JJ Redick continued to move without the ball well in the half court, making the Wizards hustle to defend the Sixers’ signature dribble handoffs.
The Sixers simply outperformed the Wizards in multiple areas of this game, especially when it came to the rebounding battle. Philadelphia outrebounded Washington 58-42. And they didn’t shoot significantly better than the Wizards either, making 43.9 percent of their attempts.
Following another quality, well-rounded performance, the new-look Sixers are having perhaps their best stretch of the season. Although Washington isn’t a great team and currently are dealing with a few key injuries, Philly played good defense and was able to take advantage on the offensive end.
Coming off this win, the Sixers next game comes against the Memphis Grizzlies (13-8) on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center.