Washington showed a far different level of intensity and execution on defense compared to last season, and it had them in position to win their season opener late. However, mental lapses on both ends and the dominance of Sixers center Joel Embiid, along with a strong game off the bench from Shake Milton, doomed the Wizards late in the fourth quarter as they fell 113-107.
Russell Westbrook finished with a triple double, 21 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds, Brad Beal added 31 points and 4 steals, however the All Star backcourt combined to have 12 of Washington's 19 turnovers. David Bertans added 14 points oon 4-6 shooting from deep off the bench.
Philadelphia was led by Joel Embiid's 29 points and 14 rebounds, Shake Milton added 19 points, 3 assists and 3 steals off the bench and Ben Simmons nearly posted a triple double of his own with 16 points, 9 rebounds,7 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals.
Check out some postgame analysis from The Focus TV crew by way of Wizards Outlook below.