Postgame: Sixers 103 Wizards 78
Friday, December 16, 7:00 PM at the Verizon Center, Washington DC
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On the game:
We were sharp. We came out of a timeout, Jeff Capel, told the players that we dont have one deflection yet. I think it was the first four minutes of the game. We got five in the next three minutes, and I think we had 19 at halftime. Our defense was terrific, quick, helping each other out, we made the extra pass, and we had 24 assists.
On the game:
Our goal was to be sharp and focused. We only have two games as a tune-up, so we need to take it seriously, as we did tonight.
On Philadelphias bench play:
We have a group of guys that come off the bench that can start. We realize that we have two starting groups; where you have the caliber of players, so we really dont have a lot of drop-off when we come off the bench.
On the teams strategy coming out of halftime:
At halftime we wanted to make a concerted effort, that going out and start working on finishing games early. When you have a team down, dont allow them to get some confidence and make some shots. We really wanted to concentrate on that and in the third quarter and our starting group came in and did that.
WASHINGTON (AP) With new 76ers owner Josh Harris sitting behind a baseline, Lou Williams scored 19 points and Philadelphia beat the cold-shooting and light-defending Washington Wizards 103-78 on Friday night before a sparse crowd in the first of two post-lockout exhibition games between the teams.
Relying on the core that led them to last season's playoffs, the 76ers shot 51 percent. It was their first game since Harris' group completed its purchase in October.
The Wizards unveiled their new red-white-and-blue uniforms, "dc" logo and three draft picks - but looked very much like a young team coming off a 23-win season.
They had trouble at both ends of the court, making 33 percent of their shots - which could hasten the return of free-agent Nick Young. John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft, scored eight points on 3-for-12 shooting. Andray Blatche had 18 points.
The announced attendance was 11,419. The arena's capacity is more than 20,000.
- Sixers lose their fourth consecutive First Round Playoff series and their fifth straight series overall, dropping this series to Miami, 4 games to 1. They still have not won a playoff series since the First Round in 2003.
- Sixers led by double-digits in the first quarter for the fourth time in the five games. Tonight they made eight of their first nine shots from the floor but closed the quarter missing eight straight attempts from the floor.
- Sixers had four different 20-point scorers in the series, with Andre Iguodala (22 points tonight) joining Jrue Holiday, Elton Brand and Thaddeus Young.
- Andre Iguodala recorded his third career postseason double-double and his second this series, with a team-high 22 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. It is his first career postseason points-rebounds double-double.
- Elton Brand made a series-high 10 field goals and it is his seventh time in his postseason career he has made double-figure field goals He did it six times in a seven-game series against the Phoenix while with the Clippers in 2006.
- Jrue Holiday scored 10 points and is the only Sixers starter to score in double-figures in all five games this series.
- Thaddeus Young scored 13 points in Game Five and in the three games played in Miami, he scored 51 points. In the two games played in Philadelphia, he scored just six points.