The Philadelphia 76ers Summer League team took the court Wednesday night for their second straight game. On Tuesday, the Sixers began their streak in Salt Lake City with a game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Although it was a close battle, the 76ers couldn’t come out on top despite strong performances from Paul Reed, Isaiah Joe and Charlie Brown Jr. When they hit the court for the second time this summer on Wednesday night, the Sixers looked to get into the winner’s column with a game against the host team, the Utah Jazz.
With a limited lineup, the Sixers trailed in the first half. While they struggled to score and hit threes consistently, the Sixers needed a big third quarter to come back. Fortunately, they were able to put up 27 points while holding the Jazz to 18 points to start the second half.
Entering the fourth quarter, the 76ers led the Jazz by five points. With a tight final quarter, the Sixers and Jazz battled back and forth, but in the end, Philadelphia came out on top with an 86-82 win. They are now 1-1 in the contest in Salt Lake City.
The excellent ones
With Paul Reid out for tonight, Charles Bassey had the opportunity to shine in the center position. The tall center went 7-12 from the field and 3-4 from the charity stripe to collect 17 points in 26 minutes. In addition to his hit, Bassey recorded nine rebounds and grabbed four steals.
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The queen of travel
The long-awaited debut of reigning NBA G League MVP Trevelin Queen was postponed on Tuesday night. After being held out of the Summer League opener, Queen was included in the starting lineup on Wednesday. His debut did not disappoint. In 21 minutes of action, Queen was a plus-19 on the floor. He knocked down five of his 12 field goals and was a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line, scoring 15 points in just 21 minutes. Quinn was praised for his high energy when he signed with the Sixers, and his debut in Philadelphia lived up to the hype.
Charlie Brown Jr
The Sixers two-way guard has had a solid summer so far. After an efficient shooting night Tuesday, Brown Jr. followed with another decent outing, hitting nearly 60 percent of his shots from the field for 12 points. He also collected three rebounds and two defensive steals in 18 minutes of action.
Starting at guard for the Sixers on Wednesday night, Cassius Winston showed some ups and downs. In the shooting department, he struggled, making just two of his ten shots from the field. Fortunately, he was able to score most of his points from the charity stripe and knocked down seven of his eight free throws. Outside of the shooting, Winston showed strong passing and collected six assists while turning the ball over just once. He finished the night with 11 points and six assists before subbing out in the 28th minute.
After not seeing the court in Salt Lake City’s opener, Myles Powell had a chance to remind the Sixers what he’s capable of on Wednesday night. Coming off the bench, Powell collected 16 minutes of playing time. He collected 13 points on 13 shots. From deep, Powell attempted seven 3-pointers and knocked down 43 percent of them. He also collected a team-high four defensive steals.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for All76ers, a channel of Sports Illustrated. You can follow him for live updates on Twitter: @JGrasso_.
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