After a sloppy first quarter, the Wizards put the clamps on the 76ers in the second quarter holding them to just 20 points as they took a 67-48 lead at the half.
After stretching the lead to 23 at one point in the third quarter, the 76ers counterpunched and were able to trim the lead to eight in the fourth period on a Dario Saric three-pointer. But Bradley Beal answered with a three-pointer of his own as Washington was able to regain a double-digit lead and hang on for victory
Second quarter propels Washington to victory
After a back and forth first quarter, Washington started the second quarter on a 10-0 run as the Wizards pushed the lead out to double figures. It was the bench, led by Kelly Oubre who jumpstarted the run. He hit a 3-pointer to get things going, then Mike Scott hit a pair of circus shots to get Washington on a roll.
Otto Porter, who was just 1-3 from the field in the first quarter, scored 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting as Washington took a stranglehold on this game. Porter made some very timely cuts through the paint and hit some timely 3-pointers, including one to end the half.
The Porter-Oubre duo was a problem for Philly tonight
Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre were a problem for the 76ers this evening. Oubre, who’s seemed to wake up from his slump prior to the All-Star Break knocked down his first four field goal attempts as well as three of his first four attempts from downtown.
As mentioned, after a slow start, Porter connected on 6-7 shots for 14 second-quarter points as both guys had 16 at the break. Otto Porter stayed aggressive in the second half as well and continued to stay hot from three-point range in addition to attacking the hole.
When one of these guys plays well for the Wizards, it often ends up in a victory. When both of these guys turn in remarkable games, it’s a major issue for the opposition.
Washington came into the game averaging 24 assists per contest. They notched their 24th assist of the contest at the eight-minute mark of the third quarter en route to 35 dimes for the night. To no one’s surprise, Tomas Satoransky led the team with 10 assists, just one short of his career-high and Bradley Beal, who’s become much more of a facilitator since Wall has been out dished out eight dimes of his own.
In the first half, the ball never got stuck and was swinging from side to side resulting in some wide-open three-point attempts. The pick-and-roll with Beal at the helm was working as well as the Wizards catching Philadelphia sleeping and getting some easy baskets on some nice backdoor cuts.
Four other Wizards players had at least three assists tonight as the Wizards have notched 25+ assists in 12 of their last 13 games.
- The Wizards continue to shoot well from the free-throw line. Tonight, they knocked down 11 of their 12 attempts
- The Wizards have won eight straight at home against the 76ers
- Washington is now 13-8 without John Wall this season
- The Wizards had no answer for Joel Embiid who scored 25 points to go along with 10 rebounds as the mountain of a man could not be stopped in the painted area. Thankfully the Wizards were able to push him out to the perimeter more than he would have liked which kept his efficiency down enough to keep him from making this one close.
Next up: The Wizards hits the road to take on the Bucks on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.