The Wizards crush the 76ers 111-76 in our nations capital on MLK day. This game had a exhibition type feel to it as the Wizards were up 13 at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.
The Wizards had seven players who scored in double figures including all five of the starters. Marcin Gortat led the way with 20 points on a very nice 9-11 shooting. This is the 7th straight game that Gortat has shot 50% or above from the field.
This 76ers team was overmatched from the beginning. The Wizards looked to dump the ball into the big men early and often. Even with Nene picking up his second foul at the 8:26 mark, Kris Humphries came in and the Wizards didn’t miss a beat. The Wizards defense clamped down right from the beginning forcing the Sixers to one shot. The Wiz utilized a 20-6 run to end the first quarter and the rout was on.
The reserves came in and provided a whopping 48 points off of the bench. Kevin Seraphin led the way for the bench mob with 14 points and nine rebounds including a thunderous dunk midway through the second quarter.
Once again though, turnovers reared their ugly head as the Wizards committed 10 in the first half and 22 overall for the game. Granted, a lot of these turnovers were committed when the game was already out of hand and both teams were playing a street ball type game. But regardless, over 20 turnovers against a bad 76ers team is never OK.
The 76ers made one last “push” to cut the Wizards lead to 17 at the 3:52 mark thanks in part to all of those Wizards turnovers. John Wall responded by pushing the ball in transition and finding Marcin Gorat for some easy buckets. John had 10 assists and his first double double since the Chicago game at home.
It’s nice to see the Wizards start the second half of the season with an easy win. The Wiz welcome Kevin Durant and OKC to town on Wednesday. Get your #KD2DC signs ready.