The Charles Barkley golf swing of NBA shooting strokes took a bizarre turn on Saturday (AEDT) as Markelle Fultz debuted a new routine in Philly’s 113-107 win against the Jazz.
The victim of a social media bloodbath earlier this week when his shot capitulated against Miami, Fultz again made a trip to the charity stripe look like a visit to the electric chair against Utah.
He tapped the ball between his hands like a hot potato as it rose to a release point. The double-clutch was gone — but this was almost as ugly and viewers weren’t kind.
Is the routine in the video player above an improvement on this? You be the judge.
The Sixers flew out of the blocks against the Jazz in Jimmy Butler’s home debut, connecting on 11 of their first 12 field goal attempts while racing to a 38-24 first quarter lead.
But the offence disappeared in the second stanza as Utah rallied back to a two-point deficit at halftime.
It was a dogfight the rest of the way but the 76ers — and Butler — made the big plays when it mattered down the stretch to maintain their perfect home record (8-0) to improve to 10-7 overall.
Ben Simmons (10 points, eight assists, eight rebounds) broke a 107-107 tie with a driving lay-up before feeding Butler for an easy finish with a smart in-bounds pass.
Butler had the home crowd chanting his name after he guaranteed the victory by drawing an offensive foul from Rudy Gobert on the following possession and Joel Embiid finished it off from the free throw line.
Butler was exceptional as he finished with 28 points on 12/15 shooting and had seven assists and two steals.
Embiid shot poorly (7/20) for the second game in a row but finished with 23 points and seven boards.
Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz with 31 points but needed 35 shots to get there. Joe Ingles was next best with 14 points.