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Philadelphia 76ers Dwight Howard came up with a new nickname for rookie Tyrese Maxey. The veteran revealed how he came up with Maxey’s new moniker.

“I call him Mad Max!” Dwight Howard told reporters. “He gets out on the court he causes havoc, he gets downhill, he’s getting to the basket. I think he’s getting his touch and he’s getting a little bit better of a feel for the game of basketball.

This year has been really tough for a rookie, no Summer League, not a lot of practices, and stuff like that so for him to come in and do what he’s doing and playing big minutes and guys like Ben and Seth is out. I think he’s stepped up and he’s done a great job. I’m real proud of him.”

Maxey had 22 points against the Pistons Saturday shooting 7-of-11 from the field. He also made two of his three attempted threes and went to the free-throw line seven times.