Instant Replay: Wizards 107, Sixers 99

Instant Replay: Wizards 107, Sixers 99

January 20, 2014, 4:30 pm
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Nene (left) was the only Wizards starter who didn't score in double figures in the 107-99 win over the Sixers. (USA Today Images)


WASHINGTON -- The Sixers came into Monday having dropped two straight games and six of their last seven. Worse than the actual losses was how they dropped the last two games -- they were completely dominated by both the Heat and Bulls, losing by a combined 40 points.

The Wizards, meanwhile, had won three of their last four contests and were looking to bring their record to .500 through 40 games.

Washington beat the Sixers, 107-99. The Wizards led by as many as 21, and the Sixers led only once, at 2-0.

The Sixers have now lost seven of eight and, at 13-28, have the third-worst record in the NBA.

Turning point
The Sixers closed to within four points at 70-66 with 6:47 to play in the third quarter. Washington took a timeout and proceeded to close out the quarter on a 16-7 run, giving the Wizards a 13-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Follow the leader
Michael Carter-Williams had a huge bounce-back game. After shooting 6 for 29 in his last two games combined, MCW came out and led his team in scoring with 31 points, his second 30-point effort of his career. His 13 made field goals tied his career high.

Thaddeus Young added 18 points. Spencer Hawes had a game-high 16 rebounds to go with 11 points.

Washington had five players in double figures. Bradley Beal led the way with 22 points while Marcin Gortat had 19 points and 11 rebounds.

The inability to knock down three-point shots is starting to become concerning. The Sixers were 4 for 18 from beyond the arc, making their total for the past three games 8 for 57.

The Sixers have the second lowest three-point shooting percentage in the NBA at 31.7.

Take a bow
Kevin Seraphin made his presence felt. Now in his fourth NBA season, the 6-foot-10 center came off the bench for the Wizards and scored 16 points, his fifth double-figure scoring game this season and two points off his season high. He also had seven rebounds.

The Wizards' bench outscored the Sixers' bench 32-20.

What’s next
The Sixers play the second of four meetings against the Knicks Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Heading into their matinee game this afternoon at the Garden against the Nets, the Knicks were 10 games under .500 and had lost three in a row.

The Knicks beat the Sixers in Philadelphia nine days ago, 102-92. Amar'e Stoudemire had a monster game, scoring 21 points in 22 minutes. Carmelo Anthony added another 18 points.

The Sixers had six players in double figures with Hawes and James Anderson leading the way with 17 apiece.