The Sixers smacked the Utah Jazz last night 107-86 as they climb to 9-7 on the year.
Last season the team didn’t secure their ninth win until January 3rd (Anniversary shout out to the wife) when they defeated the Minnesota T-Wolves 93-91.
It also marked the first time the Sixers have swept the season series vs the Jazz since ‘87-88.
The second half of last night’s contest looked awfully familiar to the third and fourth quarter of another game we saw this week.
This time Ben Simmons was playing the quarterback role instead of Carson and just like Wentz, Simmons took full control.
In the third quarter Simmons had 14 of his game and career high 27 points. That paired with double digit rebounds (11) and Ben snagged his 11th double-double of the season.
JJ Redick also had a strong second half scoring all 20 of his points in the final two periods, I guess that would make him the Corey Clement of the evening.
The real highlight of the game came in the fourth quarter when a highly delusional Donovan Mitchell decided to drive on Joel Embiid. There were over 20,000 people at Wells Fargo last night and all but one of them saw this block coming a mile away.
The crowd erupted and started chanting “MVP” and “Trust The Process.” I can only imagine what Tom McGinnis’ reaction must have sounded like as Embiid stood over the rookie giving Philadelphia fans flashbacks to Chuck Bednarik.
Embiid spoke with Derek Bodner about the incident with Mitchell:
JoJo finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks and all of Donovan Mitchell’s dignity.
The Sixers’ offense continues to put up over 100 points a game, they’ve now reached that mark in all but 3 of their games this season.
If Papa Johns was still running their “Sixers score over 90 points you get ½ off pizza” deal they did during the dark ages of the process…well it wouldn’t mean anything because Papa Johns is disgusting at best.
A great deal of their offensive success thus far has come from their ability to share the ball. As a unit Philadelphia is averaging 26.1 assist a game which is second only behind Golden State this year. Also the bench has stepped up big time this season and last night was no different. After the first quarter the Sixers’ bench had 16 points to Utah’s 15 by the entire team.
Their one continued downfall is the amount of turnovers they commit. Last night they had 19 and for the season they are averaging 18.1 per contest.
Young players in this league commit turnovers. It’s just all a part of The Process. They will continue to grow and with a player like Ben Simmons at the helm, leading the league in turnovers will be a thing of the past sooner rather than later.
Check back tomorrow for a game preview as the Portland Trailblazers come to town!