John Wall hit two clutch jumpers down the stretch and scored the game's final six points as the Wizards held off the 76ers at Verizon Center, 90-87.
The game started off to perfection, as Martell Webster recorded his league leading seventh four point play of the year on the Wizards first possession. Washington would lead by as many as eight in the first half but Philadelphia would claw back to within one by the close. The third quarter saw the Wizards jump out to a ten point lead but would go three minutes without a basket to allow the 76ers to go on an 8-0 run and cut the lead to two. The Wizards would gain back some of the momentum after the Sixers run on an AJ Price to Jan Vesely alley-oop at the third quarter horn.
In the final quarter, the Wizards would hold the lead for the first seven and a half minutes before a Jrue Holiday three put the Sixers up by one. Thaddeus Young would put the Sixers up by three with two minutes to go, but on the play Bradley Beal would sprain his ankle and have to be carried off the court. After Beal’s unfortunate exit, John Wall would take the game over. He started the late comeback by knocking down an 18 foot jumper. Following a defensive stop, he was fouled and hit two free throws to give Washington the lead with a minute to go. On the ensuing Philadelphia possession, Wall would block Turner's jumper and then would add a 20 footer with 4.4 seconds to go, to give the Wizards their final margin of victory.
The game was tightly contested throughout, but the rebounding, specifically by Emeka Okafor, was a big difference. The wizards outrebounded the Sixers 50-42 and 13-9 on the offensive glass. Okafor himself had 16 rebounds, along with 12 points for his 16th double-double of the year. Wall had a complete game, scoring 16 points on 7/11 shooting to go along with six assists and five boards. He also held Jrue Holiday to just 4/19 shooting. All five Wizards starters finished in double figures as Webster had 16, Nene had 15 and Beal had 14.
The Sixers also had five in double figures, led by Dorell Wright's 15. Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes both had double-doubles in the loss.
The wizards will hit the road for two games, starting in Minnesota on Wednesday night. Tip-off is at 8pm.