The Wizards make a furious 4th quarter comeback but ultimately, fall short to the 76ers, 120-112. John Wall (29) and Bradley Beal (40) combined for 69 points as the Wizards found themselves down by 22 and it would be too much to overcome. This one stings as Joel Embiid did not play for the 76ers tonight.
This game started off the way you’d think a game against two teams who hadn’t played in eight games would start off. A lot of missed shots, silly turnovers, and poor defense all around. The Wizards finally got their legs underneath them behind a combined 18 points from Wall and Beal as they led 28-26 after one.
The 76ers had things going as they opened the second quarter up on a 10-2 run. The Washington bench was awful tonight combining for just 11 points for the game and allowed Philly to build on their lead. The Sixers outscored the Wizards 35-21 in the period to take a 61-49 lead into halftime.
Washington was able to get their scoring going in the third quarter but the issue was, they couldn’t stop the Sixers. The Wizards were able to cut the lead down to 12 on several occasions but Philadelphia would go on a run to stretch it back out to 17. The Sixers led 95-81 after three as this one looked all but over.
The Wizards would not go away though. A furious fourth quarter rally behind big buckets from Wall and Beal kept the Wizards in the game. Washington got the game to as close as four points, 116-112 with 22 seconds to play but couldn’t cut into the lead anymore. Philly wins 120-112.
This was not the way the Wizards wanted to start the post All-Star game stretch.
Wall and Beal get no help
Outside of Wall and Beal, no Wizards’ player hit double figures in scoring until the fourth quarter. Morris and Gortat ended the night with 14 and 11 points respectively but it was Wall and Beal who stole the show with a combined 69 points. Porter, who’s usually automatic from three-point range, was just 1-5 from distance and could never really get going.
The bench disappoints again
The Washington bench combined for just 11 points and nine rebounds tonight. In a nutshell, they were awful. They didn’t stretch the lead when the starters were out forcing Scott Brooks to play starters extended minutes alongside the reserves. Newly acquired Bojan Bogdanovic couldn’t get going tonight as he was just 1-5 from the field.