Iverson on jersey retirement: 'It's bittersweet'
Trevor Ariza scored 24 points in the first quarter and sank his first eight three-point attempts in the Wizards' win. (USA Today Images)
The Sixers paid tribute to Allen Iverson on Saturday night, hoisting his No. 3 into the rafters at the Wells Fargo Center.
Watch full halftime ceremony here.
But after that, the Sixers returned to their losing ways with a 122-103 defeat to the Washington Wizards.
Here’s the breakdown:
What it means
At 15-44, the Sixers have lost 13 in a row, including 12 straight at home. That’s the most games lost by a Sixers team since the 1996-97 team dropped 13 straight. The franchise record for consecutive losses is 20, held by the 9-73 team from 1972-73. That team had losing streaks of 20, 19 and 14.
Additionally, the Sixers remain 3½ games ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks for the worst record in the NBA.
For Washington (31-28) the victory was the team’s fourth in a row on the road. It’s the first time the Wizards have won four straight on the road since 2008.
Filling it up
Trevor Ariza scored 24 of his game-high 40 points during the first quarter. He shot 9 for 10 in the opening quarter, including 6 for 6 from beyond the arc. Ariza finished the game with eight three-pointers, which is the fourth-most against the Sixers this season.
Joe Johnson and C.J. Miles hit 10 and Jeremy Lin made nine in games against the Sixers this season.
Meanwhile, all-star John Wall notched a double-double by halftime and finished the game with 17 points and a career-high 16 assists.
The Sixers were led by 19 points off the bench from Tony Wroten, who shot 5 for 12 and 9 for 12 from the line. Thad Young scored 17 points on 7-for-14 shooting. It was the fourth straight game in which Young scored at least 17 points.
The Wizards got 21 points from the Sixers’ 22 turnovers. Ariza led the Wizards with four steals while Marcin Gortat grabbed 14 rebounds (with 13 points) on his way to his sixth straight double-double.
Young had three steals for the Sixers. It was the fourth straight game Young had at least three steals.
Ariza’s 24 points in the opening quarter were the second-most scored in a frame against the Sixers this season. Joe Johnson lit up the Sixers for 29 points in the third quarter on Dec. 16 in Brooklyn.
Meanwhile, Ariza’s 40 points are the second-most scored against the Sixers this season. Orlando’s Aaron Afflalo scored 43 at the Wells Fargo Center on Dec. 3.
The Sixers get back at it quickly with a game in Orlando on Sunday night (6 p.m., CSN).
From there, the Sixers travel to Oklahoma City for a game on Tuesday before returning home to host Utah next Saturday.