It was a home opener 76ers fans should certainly be pleased about after the tough loss to the Boston Celtics.
Stars showed up
Ben Simmons collected his first triple-double of the year finishing with 13 points, 12 rebound and 11 assists.
He was outstanding running transition finding open shooters who did a great job filling lanes. Landry Shamet and Robert Covington were the biggest recipients of those opportunities. They both hit four threes and helped the 76ers pull away from the Bulls in the second and third quarters.
In other words, a typical performance from Simmons.
You could tell early Joel Embiid was ready to go from the jump in this game.
He attacked early and often earning 14 of his 30 points in the first quarter. Embiid also made all four of his free throws in the opening quarter.
His defense was also very noticeable leading the team with four blocks and 12 rebounds.
And there’s Markelle Fultz who made his first three of his NBA career.
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— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 19, 2018
Fultz struggled early passing up a wide open three from Ben Simmons and getting lost on the defensive side of the ball.
But he made an effort to shoot more and did well with the ball in his hands finishing with five assists.
He will continue to have his ups and downs and the Sixers crowd did a great job of supporting the former number one overall pick.
Big improvement from the line
The Sixers made 14-of-24 free throws against the Celtics. Against the Bulls, they attempted 30 and made 27, which is 90 percent from the line. Simmons made all three of his free-throws. The 76ers will need more of that from the line to continue to succeed.
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