WASHINGTON -- Knocking off the two-time champion Miami Heat was old news for the Sixers on Friday. They were on to the next challenge.
The Sixers got down by double digits early before putting together a gritty second half to claim a 109-102 win over the Washington Wizards. The win moved the Sixers to 2-0 for the first time since 2006-07.
Thaddeus Young was masterful, scoring 29 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Evan Turner added 23 points in the win.
John Wall had the Sixers on their heels at the outset. Washington’s point guard shot 6 for 6 in the first quarter to score 15 points. He finished the game with 26 points.
The Wizards were without starting center Nene, who was sidelined with a sore left calf. Marcin Gortat replaced him in the lineup.
Wall came down the court midway through the fourth quarter and penetrated the lane, only to put up an arrant floater.
The Sixers pushed the ball the other way and rookie Michael Carter-Williams swished a three to give the Sixers their first lead of the game at 92-89.
Follow the leader
Wall had been thinking about his matchup with the Carter-Williams since the Wizards’ season-opening loss to the Detroit Pistons.
The PG had 20 points and 11 assists in that defeat. In his locker room all the talk was about how spectacular MCW had been in his debut.
Wall assured the rookie would not come near his stellar numbers from Wednesday’s debut against the Heat.
Wall added six assists and five rebounds to his 26 points. Carter-Williams had 14 points, five assists and three rebounds. However, the Sixers' rookie point guard had the stronger finish and came away with the victory.
The Wizards had 14 fast-break points in the first quarter and shot 4 of 6 from three-point range. By contrast, the Sixers had just two points on the break in the period and were 0 for 9 from long range.
The Wizards finished with 34 fast-break points to the Sixers’ 20.
The Sixers’ three-point defense did improve as the game went along. The Wizards finished 9 for 25 from deep in the game.
Take a bow
Spencer Hawes scored 16 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and handed out five assists. Hawes hit two huge outside shots in the fourth quarter when the Sixers took control, including a three-pointer to put them up 101-92 with 3:49 to play.
The Sixers play their first back-to-back games of the season when they return home for Saturday night’s matchup against the Bulls.
Chicago comes to town with a 1-1 record. Derrick Rose is averaging 15 points in his first two games back after missing all of last season. He is shooting 28.9 percent from the field, although he did hit the Bulls’ game-winner in Thursday’s victory over the New York Knicks.