PHILADELPHIA -- The first free throw caught the front of the rim, and it turned over for Kelly Oubre's first point. Then the next two, after he was fouled on a three-point attempt, swished and he was on his way. Thirteen points later, he was the Wizards' leading scorer in a 127-118 victory against the 76ers on Friday.
"Coach will tell you, I still was messing all the plays up," said Oubre, who shot 3-for-4 from the field and 9 of 11 from the foul line. "I'm still learning but I'm definitely trying to make sure my defense is more exuberant and it shows more so than my offense because my defense will lead to my offense. That was more of my scheme going into the game."
Oubre had a near steal late in the first quarter. He deflected a pass out of bounds. He then stripped J.P. Tokoto and was fouled on the drive in transition. Then came the open three-point shot to start the second quarter and Oubre, who was 1-for-10 in the two exhibitions he'd played in before Friday, looked the part of a No. 15 overall draft pick who the Wizards traded up to acquire. This was his first field goal against an NBA team, actually, because his only make had come vs. a Brazilian club.
"My teammates did a good job of helping me feel comfortable out there with all the plays and defensive schemes," Oubre, 19 said. "Everything you saw is what I'm trying to do. Plus more. I felt more comfortable out there. Smooth."
In addition to his team-high 16 points, Oubre had three steals and three rebounds in 26 minutes. He put the ball on the floor repeatedly to force the action which led to all the foul shots. Coach Randy Wittman had to go to him late in the fourth quarter to play some at power forward because the Sixers went so small.
"Played good," said Wittman, who started the third quarter with Oubre at small forward because Otto Porter tweaked his left ankle and was held out. "Played aggressive. We went so small at the end it's kind of unfair to him. He's trying to learn one position and being put in that (power forward spot), I thought he played aggressive."