Final Score: Wizards 122 76ers 103 If there was any worry that this would be a trap game or a hangover game against Philly after the three overtime win over Toronto, Trevor Ariza made sure that was not the case. Ariza came flying out of the gates, scoring 24 in the first quarter en route to a career-high of 40 as the Wizards got their sixth straight win, beating the 76ers 122-103. This one was a little less nerve wracking than Thursday's epic contest due to Philly not getting within single digits in the fourth quarter as the Wizards cruised to victory. The game was as close as four in the second quarter but the Wizards responded with a quick 8-1 run and the game was never really in doubt again. The Wizards ball movement really highlighted the offensive effort as they got 33 assists on their 45 made baskets, one off their season-high. John Wall led the effort, tying his career-high with 16 assists.
This was really Ariza's show though, as he hit his first eight three attempts in the highest scoring night of his 10 game career. He finished 14/23 from the field, 8/12 from long distance and 4/5 from the free-throw line. John Wall was also fantastic, scoring 17 points, dishing out 16 assists and finishing as a game high +30. Marcin Gortat recorded his seventh straight double-double with 13 points and 14 boards. Webster came off the bench to score 17 and Booker chipped in 14 points and seven boards. The highlight of the night for the Sixers was the retirement of Allen Iverson's number three at halftime, but on the court Tony Wroten led them with 19 points and Thaddeus Young had 17.
The Wizards now return home to go for seven straight against the Grizzlies. - Jacob Raim
It took three overtimes, but we've made it back from Toronto with a W and now bring our five-game winning streak to the city of brotherly love; Philadelphia.
It's #WizSixers tonight at Wells Fargo Center, two teams heading in opposite directions.
While the Wizards have won five in a row, the Sixers have lost 12 in a row and just sent away a few of their key guys at the deadline as they continue their rebuild. Evan Turner is now in Indiana, while Spencer Hawes is now in Cleveland, leaving Philadelphia with very little experience in their starting lineup. They are projected to go with a starting five that consists of: PG - Carter-Williams, SG- Anderson, SF- Thompson, PF- Young, C- Sims. The names may not be notable, but as Randy Wittman always says, these guys are in the NBA for a reason and you can't take any team lightly.
The Wizards will once again be without Kevin Seraphin (knee), who is still considered day-to-day with soreness in his right knee. He's missed the last two games with the injury.
Chris Singleton stepped up on Thursday night to log big minutes and chipped in with 11 points and nine boards in his absence. Along with Al Harrington, he played a valuable role for the Wizards in that second unit. It's likely we'll see more Singleton tonight and depending on the matchups and situation, we could see Drew Gooden make his debut.
The buzz around here however has nothing to do with the game itself, but the fact that it's 'Allen Iverson Night' at Wells Fargo Center. The the ex-Sixer will have his number retired at halftime and that should have this building jumping tonight.
They are expecting a sellout crowd and a raucous atmosphere as they recognize and honor one of the greatest to ever wear a Sixers jersey.
John Wall and Bradley Beal are so young they actually grew up idolizing Iverson as a kid and there's a good chance they'll get to come out and watch the end of the ceremony with the rest of the team.
Halftime is scheduled to run 24 minutes for the ceremony, so be patient as we wait for the second half to kick off.
There are a lot of extra media members on hand for the special occasion and the event likely will outshine the actual game as far as coverage is concerned.
But, as much as we like to pay respect to the greats of the past, the Wizards need to be focused on winning their sixth in a row and can't get too caught up with the extra stuff going on the arena.
We'll be chatting from the Wells Fargo Center at 7:30 tonight.