The Sixers looked to continue their winning ways on Wednesday night in Washington D.C., but the Wizards had other ideas. Just one night after a blowout win in Philadelphia, it felt like the roles were completely reversed tonight as nothing went right for the Sixers.
The Wizards started out hot thanks to the efforts of Bradley Beal who started the game a perfect 3-3 from deep for 9 points. Beal scored 28 in Philadelphia last night so it’s no surprise he came out firing tonight. The Sixers couldn’t buy a basket early on, especially Ben Simmons. Going 0-4 from the field Simmons ended the quarter with just 1 point and yet the Sixers only trailed 25-20.
The Wizards tried putting the Sixers away early in the second, starting on a 12-0 run highlighted by a play that led to a technical foul call on Landry Shamet. Joel Embiid was quietly putting up another solid stat line before having to get his knee checked out by the Sixers medical staff. Everything seemed alright as Embiid went back to dominating the Wizards front court after short rest. 14 first half turnovers helped the Wizards jump out to a 63-48 halftime lead.
In the third quarter the Sixers started to play like an actual basketball team for the most part. Still unable to hold the Wizards off the board they were still able to turn the ball over less and find open players. Joel Embiid started to dominate and yet the Sixers still found themselves down 92-75, not great!
For the most part the fourth quarter was garbage time besides the Sixers trying to make small runs to get back into the game. Bradley Beal made sure that didn't happen as he had 34 points including a 14-0 run all by himself. Joel Embiid finished the game with a game high 35 points and 14 rebounds and Jimmy Butler finished with a very quiet 23 points. The Sixers fell 123-106 and dropped to 27-15 on the season. 21 turnovers and allowing the opponent to shoot 54% from the field definitely won’t win a game for you. Overall this was the Sixers 9th straight loss to the Wizards in Washington. Next up are the Atlanta Hawks on Friday in Philadelphia.