Embiid continues to dominate as Sixers beat Wizards
The Sixers took the floor on Wednesday looking to build momentum after their late-game win against the Spurs. Although they allowed the Wizards to stay in this game, the Sixers pulled out the win by a final score of 107-98.
Joel Embiid refused to allow the Sixers to lose this game and continued his dominance in the bubble. He finished this one with a monster stat line of 30 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, three steals, and two blocks. Embiid continues to play well against double teams leaving teams with no answer on how to stop him around the rim.
Ben Simmons was in desperate need of a bounce-back game, but that was not the case here. He would have another early exit after suffering a knee injury in the second half. Reports have been encouraging as it was reported that there is no swelling or pain in the knee. It should also be noted that before going down to injury Simmons stepped out and attempted a three-point shot for the first time since the team's first scrimmage game.
The Sixers found themselves in a close game in the final quarter and needed offense after Joel Embiid picked up his fifth foul and needed to sit. Tobias Harris and Shake Milton stepped up and were able to carry the load until the All-Star center came back in and closed the game.
Milton finished the game with 14 points and knocked down a trio of three-point shots. He hit multiple big shots late and was reliable for the Sixers down the stretch. Harris had a slow start to this game offensively but picked it up late. He would finish the game as the Sixers' second-leading scorer with 17 points.
Although the Sixers walked away with the win, it should not have been as close as it was. The Sixers let the Wizards hang around all game and it resulted in the game going down to the wire. Letting teams stay in games continues to be a major issue for the Sixers in these seeding games.
Free-throw shooting was another weak area for the Sixers in this game. Although they made it to the line 29 times, they converted on just 20 of those attempts. When the games get more serious they cannot afford to leave easy points at the line like that.
The Sixers now find themselves on a two-game win streak and can hopefully keep building on the momentum. They will be back in action on Friday to face off against the Orlando Magic.