Bradley Beal inefficient but productive in Wizards' season opener

Bradley Beal inefficient but productive in Wizards' season opener

And even with all that, the Sixers still lost, 120-115.

Simmons joined Grant Hill as the only players since 1983-84 to record at least 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists in their National Basketball Association debut. They ended the game with 16 turnovers, including two costly ones in the late stages, only down by one possession. Unless he wants to be a part of a few more posters, he better not mess with one of the most explosive players in the league in Wall when he's about to take flight.

The backcourt tandem in Washington needs no introduction. But the Sixers lost last night merely because they were playing the Washington Wizards, arguably the second-best team in the East last season and only stronger in the new year, in DC. "Guys like Ben, they're rare".

Leading the way for the win was John Wall. Center Marcin Gortat was the main benefactor of Wall's generosity and finished with 16 points, most of which came from flawless passes at the rim on pick-and-roll plays. That and the fact that he recorded a double-double, shows that the Polish Machine fears no big. He missed both of his attempts.

"As a team we're getting there", he said.

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"The Vault." The concept behind the name implies the team's ability to lock down opponents at home. It's not gonna be long before the Philadelphia 76ers are the team that makes the rest of the East go "Oh crap, we have to play them on opening night?" The Sixers forward finished with a game-high 29 points on 9-for-15 shooting.

Best statistic: This goes to the combined three-point shooting of Covington, Bayless and Redick. Perimeter defense is still the Wizards' main weakness.

As it turns out, that whole Joel-Embiid-minutes-restriction thing was a bunch of "f**king b*llsh*t" after all.

Wall averaged 22.9 points and 10.5 assists per 36 minutes of play last season, with his efforts worth 11.6 wins above replacement. However, the young Sixers certainly look like a force to be reckoned with.

However, Simmons showed why he is so highly rated with 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in Philadelphia's season opener. He had as many personal fouls (three) as rebounds (three).

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