Neñe, Martin Help Wizards Blast 76ers

After two days rest and a recent blowout of the Cavaliers at home, the Sixers (28-23) traveled to DC for what looked like an easy win over the struggling Wizards. The Sixers got no win at all. What they got was a butt-whooping to the 2nd-worst team in the NBA.

Wall drives with Spencer Hawes defending; he had 9 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 blocks.

This contest started out as a back-and-forth offensive battle. The Sixers would score two buckets and the Wizards would come back and do the same. The Sixers took a 1 point lead, at 15-14, only to see the Wizards come back on a 9-0 run to take an 8 point lead going into the 2nd quarter.

The 2nd quarter, much like the whole game, belonged entirely to the Wizards. They started off the quarter very hot, with Roger Mason Jr. hitting back-to-back three pointers to put the Wizards up 35-19; yes, a 16-point lead for the Wizards. The Sixers clawed back a bit, making it a 12-point game midway through the second.

However, Cartier Martin responded with a long ball to put the Wizards up 15, part of a 20-point night. In the final two minutes of the 2nd quarter, the Wizards went on a 9-2 run to go up 53-31. Once again, yes, the Wizards were beating the Sixers by 22.

At the midway point, the Wizards led 55-36; it is the second-biggest halftime deficit all year for Philly.

In the 3rd quarter, Neñe caught fire, scoring 10 of his 16 points. He would probably have scored more had he not left the game with an injury. Another Wizards run and a Jordan Crawford 3-ball saw them up by as many as 23 in the quarter. However, the Sixers would somewhat fight back and make it a 17-point game at the end of the 3rd.

The 4th quarter was pretty much just the Wizards closing the game out. Another small Sixers run saw them pull within 14, but the Wizards finished them off with 2 3’s from Martin and Crawford. The Wizards ended up handing the Sixers their worst lost of the year, 97-76.

The Sixers shot 30/82 (37%) from the field, another atrocious offensive night. Andre Iguodala had 7 points on 3-9 shooting in his return. The Night Shift, Lou and Thad, each had 14 to lead the way.

The Sixers surrender their lead in the Atlantic Division to the Celtics, who took a .5-game lead with a 100-79 win over the Timberwolves.


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Author:Austin Krell

Sixers beat writer and NBA analyst

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