Jimmy Butler's debut for the Philadelphia 76ers didn't exactly go to plan, with Philly surrendering a 16-point fourth quarter lead to the Orlando Magic, who claimed the 111-106 win.
Joel Embiid stuffed the stat sheet with 19 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, while Butler added 14 points and four rebounds.
With the new era in Philly officially underway, here's three takeaways from Wednesday's game.
Embiid x Simmons making life easier for Butler
Butler's ability to move off the ball was on full display in his 76ers debut as he worked effectively with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, who had a career-high 10 assists on the night.
Embiid and Butler in particular worked well together, with the pair combining early in the game for Butler's first bucket as a Sixer, giving fans a glimpse of the two-man game we will no doubt see plenty more of.
Jimmy Butler scores his 1st basket in a @sixers uniform!#HereTheyCome x #PureMagic- NBA (@NBA) November 15, 2018
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Four of Butler's six buckets came in the paint as he effectively got free on backdoor cuts, consistently finding holes in the Magic defence.
Playing with two strong playmakers in Philly is going to allow Butler to get plenty of easy buckets, finishing off plays and knocking down open shots.
Fourth quarter struggles remain
The 76ers have struggled to close out games in recent history and while the arrival of Butler should help drastically in that regard, they found the going tough against an energetic Magic team.
Orlando trailed by 16 points midway through the fourth, until they reeled off a 21-0 run to turn the game on its head, much of which came with Simmons and Butler on the bench.
With the Big 3 back in the game, Philly traded buckets with Orlando down the stretch, but Terrence Ross' 3-point dagger gave the Magic the lead and they didn't look back.
T-Ross. Cold-blooded. ❄️ pic.twitter.com/HAbTIzSRXg- Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 15, 2018
JJ Redick responded with a triple of his own, but it was waived off after he stepped out of bounds.
Redick was terrific all night, with 22 points, including four 3-pointers, but the late-game collapse showed just how much Philly could use a couple more 3-point shooters.
A quiet night for Simmons
Playing alongside Jimmy Butler will take some adjusting to for Ben Simmons, with the Aussie needing the ball in his hands to be effective.
Simmons had just nine points, six assists and three rebounds, connecting on 3-of-5 shot attempts. He struggled to assert himself in the game and it's hard to believe that we'll see too many more games where he takes such a low amount of shots.
Encouragingly, Simmons nailed two clutch free throws in the final minute to tie the score at 106-106.
Play of the Night
Can we talk about this Jonathan Isaac block on Embiid? Sheesh!
Embiid took some ankles then got got 😬 pic.twitter.com/9li834QDCt- Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 15, 2018