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It didn’t take long for The City of Brotherly Love to have an effect on Jimmy Butler.
Less than a week since the trade that sent the four-time All-Star from Minnesota to Philadelphia, Butler said he’s having a ball playing with his new teammates in a new city after the 76ers recorded their first win with Butler, a 113-107 takedown of the Utah Jazz on Friday night.
In his first home game in a Philadelphia uniform at Wells Fargo Center, Butler scored 28 points on 12-of-15 shooting and handed out seven assists as the 76ers improved to 29-1 in their last 30 regular-season games at home.
“It’s so fun to win. So much more fun to play with these guys,” Butler told reporters after the win.
“So much more fun to play with these guys… Everybody wants to win and when somebody messes up, you talk to them, they don’t take it personal and they do their job.” – Jimmy Butler postgame. pic.twitter.com/fyJfh2j64c
— House of Highlights (@HoHighlights) November 17, 2018
Butler elaborated on what he enjoys about playing with the 76ers.
“Everybody wants to win, and when somebody messes up, you talk to them and they do their job,” Butler said.
Butler, acquired from Minnesota in a five-player deal that featured Dario Saric and Robert Covington becoming Timberwolves and became official Monday, did not have a problem playing with new ball-dominant teammates Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.
Embiid finished with 23 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocked shots while being limited to 26 minutes because of foul trouble.
Simmons had 10 points, eight boards and eight dimes while running the show in 36 minutes.
“When you put five really good basketball players out there, the job is easy because the ball is going to move,” Butler said. “Guys are going to shoot when open, pass to the open guy. Basketball is just that easy. With this group of guys, it is really easy.”
Simmons on Butler: “He knows how to play the game at a high level. IQ is very high.”
Butler on Simmons: “He sees plays before they happen and that makes my job easier.”
I turn, Sixers coach Brett Brown sounded like a kid on Christmas morning after watching Butler’s debut in Philadelphia.
“It’s a whole new gift I have, we have,” Brown said. “That’s a fantastic debut for him. He was a bell ringer tonight. Really validates the excitement we all have getting him in the program.”
Philadelphia (10-7) gets back at it Saturday night at Charlotte (7 p.m.).