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Sixers Hold Off Wizards, Refuse to Blow Another Lead

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Sixers make up for clumsy turnovers with excellent three point shooting.

NBA: Washington Wizards at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

They did it. The Philadelphia 76ers went up 20 points on a team, and didn’t blow the lead.

A big game from the starters powered the Sixers to a 115-102 victory over the Washington Wizards. There was a lot of good to come out of this game, but that elephant in the room in still here, 17 turnovers for the Sixers were the only thing holding this team back from demolishing the Wizards. The Sixers didn’t neccesarily have a “meltdown” quarter like they usually do, instead it was an occasional run by the Wizards which was caused by lackadaisical play on both ends of the floor.

Enough about the bad though, let’s get happy…

A very big night for Joel Embiid, as he finished with 27/12 and 3 blocks. Ben ended with 15/6/8 and played a solid defensive game with 3 steals and a block (Seven turnovers on some pretty bad passes though).

JJ Redick looked like JJ Redick tonight as he went 4-5 from three-point territory and finished with 18 points and 6 assists.

Dario had 20 points and 7 rebounds (3 offensive boards) while he went 2-4 from three.

The biggest thing the Sixers did tonight was shoot the lights out from beyond the arc. Although they shot themselves in the foot throughout the game with silly turnovers, they made up for it by shooting 12-24 from three… and everyone was in on the shooting barrage. Redick had 4 threes, Joel had 3, Dario and Cov both had 2, Justin Anderson had 1, TJ drilled his lone attempt, and AMIR JOHNSON showing off his range by hitting a corner three (he then attempted another and hit all backboard).

Overall, a pretty solid win for the Sixers; next game is Friday @ 7 home against the Pelicans.