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The Philadelphia 76ers did exactly what they were supposed to tonight and beat down a sub-par Washington Wizards team 92-84 at the Wells Fargo Center.
It was closer than it should have been: The Sixers had a 16-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, but found themselves up only five with less than 1:30 to play. An 18-foot jumper by Jrue Holiday (a game-high 21 points) with 33 seconds left sealed the deal, and the Sixers are now 2-1 through three games of their eight-game homestand.
Quick thoughts --
Welcome back, Dorell Wright: After two straight DNP-CDs, Dorell Wright had a very solid statline (seven points, seven rebounds, five assists) in 16 minutes of action, and he was even a plus-10 to boot. Hopefully, this performance vaults him ahead of Damien Wilkins in the Sixers' rotation, but you never know with Doug.
Jrue Holiday vs. John Wall: Holiday clearly outplayed Wall (nine points, five rebounds, six assists) in the battle of the young point guards. Both were turnover machines, however (Holiday 6, Wall 5).
Evan Turner, Dribbling Machine: If Evan Turner earned $1 for every dribble he had against the Wizards, then he earned something close to $17,254 tonight. There were entire possessions where he was the only Sixer who touched the ball, and a couple of those times, he never got past the foul line. That has to stop.
Numbers Never Lie (Except When They Do): Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain nor Spencer Hawes' double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) tonight. The Sixers' oft-maligned center was especially soft tonight, failing to convert much around the rim, and getting outplayed by Emeka Okafor (15 points, 17 rebounds).
Adam Aron was fooled, but then again, he PAYS Spencer Hawes, so there's that...
This tweet is for @michael_levin of Liberty Ballers. I know you are loving Spencer Hawes double double and 3 blocks tonight.— Adam Aron (@SixersCEOAdam) January 31, 2013
The non-existent fastbreak: NBA Fastbreak was a decent pinball game. The 76ers' fastbreak tonight was awful. Dreadful. Washington actually outscored the Sixers on the fastbreak 15 to 11. To say that the 76ers left a dozen points on the floor on the fastbreak might be an understatement.
That said, a win is a win. And as Jay-Z would say, on to the next one: Friday vs. the Sacramento Kings.
Full recap to come.