On the Sixers white board in the locker room prior to the opening tip against Washington on Wednesday, there was a sentence under the headline “keys” and it read “Wall in J Wall.”
John Wall had helped the Wizards to a 6-4 record since returning from a knee injury that kept him sidelined for the first 33 games of the season.
The Sixers accomplished that mission by holding John Wall to just nine points in a 92-84 win over the Wizards at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers’ record improved to 19-26 with the victory.
Jason Richardson and Damien Wilkins were not with the team. Wilkins was absent for personal reasons and Richardson flew to Colorado to get a second opinion on the sore left knee that has kept him sidelined for the last five games (see story).
Washington was without rookie shooting guard Bradley Beal, who sat out with a sore right wrist.
The Sixers led by a score of 87-71 with 6:29 to play. Washington proceeded to outscore the Sixers 13-2 and close within five points with 1:41 to play.
Jrue Holiday was fouled on the next possession and converted one of his two free throws. The Sixers were then able to get a defensive stop before Holiday came down and made 15-foot jumper to push the lead back to eight with 34 seconds to play.
Follow the leader
Holiday led the Sixers with 21 points, including nine in the fourth quarter. He also had six assists and six turnovers.
Nick Young appeared to be sending a message to his former team. He scored 18 points against the Wizards, who he spent his first five seasons with in the NBA before they traded him at the deadline last year.
Spencer Hawes had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Nene led the Wizards with 16 points. Emeka Okafor registered a double-double with 15 points and 17 rebounds. Martell Webster added another 15 points.
The foul line continues to be a problem for the Sixers. They were 6 for 10 in the game. Meanwhile, Washington shot 17 of 21 from the charity stripe.
Take a bow
Lavoy Allen has often been criticized for showing a low motor. Allen said on Monday that he had been eating Special K cereal but probably should switch to Wheaties in an effort to have more energy during games.
While Allen was clearly joking, his recent production has been anything but funny. The Temple product had been averaging four points and three rebounds over the previous seven games.
However, Allen looked inspired against the Wizards with 14 points and six rebounds.
The Sacramento Kings come to town on Friday for the first of two meetings between the teams this season.
The Kings lost 99-81 to the Celtics on Wednesday. They are led in scoring by DeMarcus Cousins, who averages 17.4 points per game. Chester native Tyreke Evans is second with 14.8 points per game.
Former Sixer John Salmons is in his second stint with the Kings. The 33-year-old averages 9.2 points a game this season.
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