Instant Replay: Wizards 90, Sixers 87

Instant Replay: Wizards 90, Sixers 87

March 3, 2013, 8:15 pm
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WASHINGTON – Just as the Sixers took advantage of the Warriors playing their fourth game in five nights and the last of a five-game East Coast swing, so too did the Wizards grab the opportunity to beat a team that was playing its sixth game in nine days, including the back end of a back-to-back.

The Wizards topped the Sixers, 90-87, in their 11th home win in their last 15 tries.

The Sixers dropped their 10th straight road game.

With the exception of Spencer Hawes, who played limited minutes Saturday and went 0 for 9 from the floor, the Sixers’ starters looked fatigued.

As a team, the Sixers shot 40 percent from the floor. After starting the contest 2 for 14, Jrue Holiday made back-to-back jumpers and got a steal to give the Sixers an 83-82 lead with 4:26 to play.

With 2:08 to play and the Sixers up, 87-84, Bradley Beal had to be carried off the floor by two teammates. What injury occurred was unclear.

Turning point
The play of John Wall in the final 90 seconds included two jumpers, two made free throws and a blocked shot on Evan Turner that would have given the Sixers a one-point lead with 40 seconds to play.

Wall shot 7 for 11 and finished with 16 points.

Follow the leader
Bradley Beal, one of five Wizards in double figures, was 6 for 10 from the floor for 14 points. Martell Webster actually led the team with 16 points, while Emeka Okafor recorded a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds.

The Sixers got a second straight solid performance from Dorell Wright, who led the Sixers with 15 points. He was good on 3 of 5 attempts from beyond the arc.

Spencer Hawes continued his up-and-down play, scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds one day after being held scoreless.

Evan Turner had a double-double as well with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Sixers forced the Wizards into 16 turnovers and scored 25 points off them. Meanwhile they followed up a careless Saturday night when they committed 23 turnovers with just nine against Washington.

Take a bow
Damien Wilkins did not play the previous two games, but just as Royal Ivey showed Saturday, Wilkins displayed his professionalism playing 22 minutes, shooting 3 for 6 from the floor for six points.

What’s next
The Sixers play the Celtics Tuesday night at home. The Sixers have beaten Boston twice this season — on the road and at home — but they lost the last meeting, 92-79, on Dec. 8.

Boston is currently the seventh seed in the East with a 31-27 record. Paul Pierce leads the C’s in scoring with 18.6 points, while Kevin Garnett averages 15 points and eight rebounds.

Rajon Rondo is sidelined for the remainder of the season because of knee surgery required on a torn ACL.

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