The Philadelphia 76ers came away with a 132-115 victory over the Washington Wizards in the first of their back-to-back games against eachother.
The Sixers and Wizards will now travel to Washington to play at Capital One Arena tomorrow but first, here are four takeaways from tonight's win.
Landry Shamet's big game
Landry Shamet came to play tonight, there's no question about that.
The 76ers' rookie nearly doubled his prior career-high, scoring 29 points in the home win. Shamet shot 8-for-15 from the field with 14 of those 15 shots coming from long range. His eight made 3-pointers were one shy of the 76ers' franchise record (Dana Barros, 1995) and also one shy of the rookie record for 3-pointers in a game (Yogi Ferrell, 2017; Rodrigue Beaubois, 2010).
He came out gunning in the second half after burying four 3-pointers in the first half. He went 4-for-4 from beyond the arc in the third quarter but went 0-for-3 from deep trying to eclipse the 30-point mark in the fourth quarter.
He was so hot, Joel Embiid had to check his temperature.
SIXERS WIN! pic.twitter.com/aN0adyRZHd- Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) January 9, 2019
The Wichita State-product is averaging 7.7 points per game shooting 38.5 percent from three in 20.2 minutes minutes off the bench for the Sixers this season.
Balanced Big 3
Several reports all season have suggested the 76ers Big 3 have had trouble in their roles since the trade went down - you wouldn't have been able to tell tonight.
This was one of the most balanced scoring nights that Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Jimmy Butler have had all season. Butler and Embiid finished with 20 points apiece while Simmons chipped in a modest 17. The shot distribution was fairly even, too - Simmons had 15 FGA, Embiid had 13 FGA and Butler had 9 FGA.
All three players had the hot hand and they were letting their shots come to them; no one seemed to be forcing anything. When all three of these guys are clicking the way they were tonight, this team becomes a lot tougher to beat. It helps when you shoot 55.7 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from three as a team, but all three members of the Sixers' Big 3 did their part tonight and the result showed on the scoreboard.
With today's win, the 76ers improved on their NBA-best record at home. Philadelphia is 18-3 at the Wells Fargo Center this season and their numbers back up that success. They average 5.7 more points per game at home while allowing 8.0 less points.
Their offensive rating raises to 113.3 on their home court, significantly better than it is on the road (106.8) and in general this season (110.1). Their net rating at the Wells Fargo Center is +8.7, which is also better than their net rating this season (+2.4) and drastically better than their net rating on the road (-4.0).
Philadelphia is under .500 (9-11) on the road this season which puts them right in the middle of the pack compared to the rest of the NBA. If they could turn that record above .500, they should have no problem locking up home court advantage for a playoff series.
Ignore the Wizards record, Bradley Beal is lighting it up
The Wizards have been not so great, but Bradley Beal has been quite the contrary.
He went off again tonight with 28 points shooting 11-for-18 from the field and a solid 4-for-9 from three. Since the announcement of John Wall's season-ending heel surgery, Beal has stepped up in the Wizards No. 1 spot. In the five games as the go-to guy he's averaging 27.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 2.4 steals.
As it is, Beal is already having a career-year - he's posting career-highs in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. His field goal and 3-point percentages are slightly down, but his true shooting percentage (56.7 percent) is right on par with his career average.
Whether the Wizards can turn this season around is to be determined but you can guarantee that Beal will do his best to keep this team afloat.