Talk about smash mouth offense and bully ball defense.
In what should've been the regular season finale, the Sixers pounded and smothered the Hornets in a 107-66 drubbing in an NBA2K simulation.
The Sixers held Charlotte to 36 points in the first half and just 30 in the second. The Hornets didn’t even shoot 30 percent from the field.
Here are observations from the virtual pummeling:
Simmons looks like DPOY
From early on in this one, Ben Simmons was all over the place. The All-Star got off to a little bit of a cold shooting start, but you could tell from the onset that Devonte’ Graham was in for a tough night against Simmons.
The Defensive Player of the Year candidate locked up Graham. Simmons held the second-year standout, who averaged 18.2 points a game this season, to just two made field goals.
On the offensive end, a vicious lob from Josh Richardson seemed to get Simmons going. He finished with 12 first-half points and 15 for the game. Simmons sat the entire fourth quarter out with the team holding a 30-point advantage.
Tobias Harris carried the offensive load early, scoring nine first-quarter points. He then came out on fire in third, scoring 10 of his 21 points in the period. Harris did most of his damage in transition, taking advantage of the Sixers’ stymying defense and getting out on the break.
Like Simmons, Harris got to take a seat in the fourth quarter as the Sixers had this one well in hand.
Embiid controls the paint
Joel Embiid didn’t have a huge night offensively, but he owned the glass and the paint in this one. He hauled in 18 rebounds and recorded three blocks. The only starter to get fourth-quarter minutes, Embiid punished Hornets big man Cody Zeller.
A bench boost
Shake Milton and Glenn Robinson III both played a big role in the blowout. Milton had 11 points to lead all reserves and showed off some of his finishing skills around the rim. Robinson was strong defensively and was a big part of the Sixers’ smothering attack.
They both made up for Richardson, who had a rough night, going just 1 of 7 from the field.
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