The Sixers won their fifth game of the young season tonight, vs the Charlotte Hornets, 127-112.
All five starters scored in double figures for the first time all season.
Here are my five takeaways:
1. Danny Green
The Sixers wing finally broke out of his cold spell. In the previous five games, he was shooting a putrid 21% from three.
Green started off hitting his first three 3-point attempts, along with a outback layup, after finally missing a deep heat check.
He would finish the game with a season-high, 13 points.
Green returning to his elite 3 and D form would be icing on the cake for this Sixers team.
2. We got shooters!!!
I could’ve used this as a takeaway last game, vs the Orlando Magic, after hitting 15 3-pointers.
Tonight, the Sixers decided to top that, in route to 16 made 3-pointers (12 in the first half).
This team is difficult to defend as it is, but when they are hitting like this, it’s almost impossible.
3. “He’s not a point guard, he’s a basketball player”
Ben Simmons controlled this game from the tip and it looked like he didn’t even break a sweat.
When most fans hear “controlled”, they picture a 30-40 point game while shooting well from the field.
Ben Simmons ended up with 11 assists (9 in the first half), along with 15 points and 12 rebounds, for his first triple double of the season.
Being in only his fourth year, it’s amazing how well he sees the floor.
We’ve all said we needed to surround Simmons and Embiid with shooters, but Daryl Morey and Elton Brand have surrounded them with shot makers. This team is special and Ben is the engine that runs it.
4. Half-Man Half-Tobias
Yes, lately, Harris has played like a $180 million man should, and he did end up with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists, but this takeaway was just for the play of the game.
Not only is he becoming more and more efficient as the season goes on, he’s becoming far more aggressive and plays like this will most definitely win the fanbase back.
5. Ball movement
Head Coach Doc Rivers warned the Sixers faithful that there might be some growing pains with the offense, and we definitely saw those pains in the first week.
Since then, the Sixers are 3-0, have hit a combined 39 3-pointers, and are averaging 114 points per game.
Every starter, outside of Danny Green, has scored in double figures over the last three games as well.
This team is clicking early and they are having fun.
The Sixers next game is a rematch, on Monday, vs the Hornets. #HereTheyCome