|Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday has averaged 19.1 points and 8.5 assists this season, earning his first all-star appearance last month in Houston.|
|Sixers assistant coach Aaron McKie was one of the more popular players in Philly during the Iverson era, and was the recipient of the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award in 2001, a year in which the Sixers won the Eastern Conference title.|
|Sixers center Spencer Hawes has averaged 10 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in his 2012-13 campaign in Philly.|
It was a tired crowd at the Verizon Center. The official attendance was listed as 17, 370, but only about 7,000 actually showed. Before the game, I had watched several of the Sixers players placing bets on who could hit the longest shot from behind the backboard. Philadelphia has clearly mailed it in for the year. I didn't get the sense from the Sixers' body language that they had any interest in trying to turn this season around.
Despite the comatose audience, I still took over 400 fan photos for the evening, and was able to watch about half of the 4th quarter of what was a surprisingly intense game.
|Wizards guard Bradley Beal drives on Sixers guard Damien Wilkins|
|Bradley Beal tries to finish a dunk attempt over Sixers forward Thaddeus Young|
|Jrue Holiday goes behind the back on John Wall|
|Spencer Hawes pulls down the rebound|
|John Wall flies in for the reverse layup|
|John Wall vs. Jrue Holiday|
|Wizards forward Nene shoots over Sixers forward Thaddeus Young|
|Jrue Holiday finds a cutting Thaddeus Young. Bradley Beal, left, sprained his ankle on this jump.|
|Thaddeus Young converts the layup, as Bradley Beal rolls his ankle|
|Sixers forward Evan Turner pleads his case with referee Scott Foster|
|John Wall is defended by Jrue Holiday|
|Nene is surrounded by Sixers defenders|
|John Wall and Nene talk things over during a timeout|
|Wall races up the court against Holiday|
|Wall sank two clutch free throws to give the Wizards an 88-87 lead.|
|John Wall tries to drive past Jrue Holiday|
|Wall is defended closely by a reaching Holiday|
|Sixers forward Evan Turner defends Wizards guard Martell Webster|
|After grabbing the offensive board, Nene looks to pass back out to the perimeter around Sixers forward Dorell Wright. left, and center Spencer Hawes, right.|
|John Wall directs traffic during the closing moments|
After Beal was carried back to the locker room, John Wall knocked down a jumper to make it a one point game with 1:33 remaining. Wall was then fouled by Jrue Holiday on the next Wizards possession, and sank two free throws to give Washington an 88-87 lead with 1:04 left to play. After an Evan Turner brick on the other end, Martell Webster had an opportunity to seal the deal on a three-point attempt that went off iron. Fortunately, Nene was there for the offensive rebound, and kicked it out to Wall, who drained a pull-up jumper with 4.9 seconds left to put the Wizards up by three. After a Philly timeout, Dorell Wright had one more chance to tie the game for the Sixers, but missed a three-point shot from the corner, and Washington held on for 90-87 victory behind 16 points a piece from John Wall and Martell Webster. Emeka Okafor added another double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds.
Dorell Wright led the Sixers with 15 points off the bench. Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes, and Jrue Holiday each contributed 14.