Shamet Sets New Sixers Rookie 3-Point Record
The Philadelphia 76ers trounced the Washington Wizards on Tuesday, 132-115, in the first game of a home-and-home between the two teams. The Sixers got strong performances from their All-Star hopefuls, Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons, but it was rookie Landry Shamet that stole the show.
Shamet shattered his previous career-high in points of 17 with a 29-point performance that included setting a new Sixers record for most three-pointers made in a game -- 8. That eclipsed Allen Iverson's mark of six during the 1996-97 season. Landry's eight triples is the most in a game among rookies this season in the NBA and the 26th overall pick finished one three shy of the NBA rookie record.
"I was just shooting the ball, to be honest," Shamet said post game. "I wasn't keeping track of where I was at. I got to 29 and my teammates started messing with me, saying 'get 30, 40', but it's just fun playing basketball, just doing what I do...they keep telling me to shoot the ball and that's what I was doing.
With JJ Redick nursing a lower back injury, Shamet came off the bench with a vengeance. He hit four three's in the first half before hitting his next four in the final minutes of the third.
“When you lose JJ, you try to find other ways to score, and we sure found ways to score with [Shamet],” said Brett Brown.
Overall this season, Shamet is averaging 8.2 points per game, shooting 43.5 percent from the floor and 39.9 percent from beyond the arc.
Here are the highlights from Shamet's performance: