The Wizards defeated the 76ers 100-79 in what was a much more satisfying result than their double-overtime meeting last week. Both teams struggled offensively out of the gate, neither team scored until a Marcin Gortat free throw three minutes into the first quarter. This poor shooting continued for most of the first half where both teams shot under 40 percent.
The game was relatively close going into halftime, with the Wizards leading by 12, but they quickly ended any hope of a Sixers comeback with a hot start to the third quarter that put them up by more than 30.
Going into the fourth quarter, the Wizards had pushed the lead up to 26-points and cruised to an easy 21-point victory.
Here’s what we noticed in the big win:
Buck and Phil are back!
The 76ers play-by-play last week made the best of a three and a half hour preseason game, and I never mind listening to the Mike Breen and Walt Frazier Knicks broadcast, but it was nice to have the most dynamic of duos back calling the Wizards’ game. Nobody does it quite like Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier.
Wall looked more like himself tonight
After looking a step slow on Monday against the Knicks, John Wall looked to have his burst back tonight, especially on defense.
Wall had multiple great defensive plays leading to points on the other end, and he also had some nice finishes in transition.
Wall finished with nine points, nine assists and three steals in just 19 minutes.
With two weeks to go until the regular season, it is a great sign that Wall seems to be looking more and more like himself. Unfortuantely, playing like himself does include struggling with his jumper at times.
Wall was 0-6 on jump shots and 1-6 from the free-throw line. As exciting as it is to see some if his explosion coming back, his jump shot looks to be about as average as it was last season. Hopefully it gets better as he brushes off some rust.
Beal ended the game in the third quarter
Wall’s five third quarter assists helped, but Bradley Beal really blew this game open in the second half.
Beal finished with 22 points on 8-14 shooting in 24 minutes. Beal had 15 of his points in the first five minutes of the second half.
It’s also worth mentioning that five of Beal’s eight makes came off John Wall assists. It looks like their supposed on-court beef is a thing of the past.
Nicholson finally breaks out
After struggling in his first three preseason games, Andrew Nicholson impressed in his first start as a Wizard. Nicholson finished with 11 points on 3-5 shooting from deep while also grabbing 12 rebounds.
While he isn’t the most explosive four-man in the NBA, Nicholson does a great job of carving out space underneath and using his jumper to create opportunities for himself on the perimeter. It will be interesting to see how Coach Brooks chooses to use him moving forward.
Tweet of the night
If you wanna watch two NBA teams miss every jumper, tune into WAS/PHI.— Colby Giacubeno (@ColbyGiacubeno) October 13, 2016
Bradley Beal would have something to say about this tweet, hitting five of six from deep, but neither team shot well overall.
The 76ers shot 4-30 from deep while the Wizards were 4-20 if you subtract Bradley Beal from the equation. This is the second consecutive game where Beal has hit more than half of the Wizards’ threes.