Embiid leads 76ers past Westbrook, Wizards 113-107 in opener
PHILADELPHIA– Joel Embiid scored the consent basket with 1:09 left and had 29 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 113-107 win over Washington on Wednesday night and ruin Russell Westbrook’s triple-double Wizards’ launching.
Westbrook and Bradley Beal were great in the backourt in the opening-night paring that almost handed 76ers coach Doc Rivers a loss in his Philadelphia debut. Westbrook had 21 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds to wow the Wizards after he was gotten in the big deal that sent out former cornerstone John Wall to the Houston Rockets. Beal, a two-time All-Star who was second in the league in scoring last season, had 31 points.
The Sixers made their significant change on the bench, hiring Rivers to change Brett Brown and wake up a group that was swept out of the preliminary of the playoffs last year and aid lead the franchise to their first title because 1983.
He needs to find a method to make the Embiid-Ben Simmons pairing work– 2 All-Stars who have yet to get one of the most of their prodigious skills and have annoyed fans with their flaws.
Embiid and Shake Milton, who scored 19 points off the bench, were the go-to scorers late, and Simmons sealed the win with a monster dunk in the subsiding moments. Simmons had 16 points– one less than Embiid scored in the fourth.
Wizards: Israeli teen Deni Avdija started in his NBA launching for the Wizards. The 19-year-old was the ninth total pick in the draft and had bet the Tel Aviv Maccabi club in Israel’s Premier League. “I understand he’s only 19 years old however he plays with an enthusiasm, has fun with a determination that I like,” Brooks stated. When Avdija expressed disappointment he had actually launching in front of no fans, Brooks quipped, “count yourself fortunate you don’t have to handle the Philadelphia fans.”
76ers: Before the game, Rivers said the season opener stayed maybe his preferred night in the NBA. “I like it. I like my job,” he said. “I swear, the day I do not is the day I’m out.”
TNT analyst Charles Barkley had fun with Brooks and roomed with him, too, when they played for the 76ers. Barkley put some pressure on his old teammate when he anticipated the Wizards would make the playoffs.
” I’ll inform you what, he’s ensured a lot and extremely hardly ever it comes through,” Brooks stated. “My task is to take care of my previous roomie and pay him back. He didn’t charge me lease for two months. Hopefully, we can have a great year and make the playoffs. I like our opportunities. I like the group that I’m with.”
Brooks, entering the final season of his five-year, $35 million agreement, simulated Barkley
” I hope Charles is ideal on that guar-an-tee,” Brooks stated.
The 76ers had drummers, the cheer team held indications that read “Make Some Noise,” a DJ blasted music and the mascot Franklin roasted the Wizards with funny signs to spruce up an empty Wells Fargo Center.
Wizards: House opener Saturday versus Orlando.
76ers: Saturday at New York City.
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