Instant analysis: Wizards 122, Sixers 103

Instant analysis: Wizards 122, Sixers 103
March 1, 2014, 10:15 pm
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Allen Iverson's number raised to rafters in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA -- The Wizards met a team that was down in the dumps Saturday, even as Allen Iverson saw his No. 3 jersey raised to the rafters during halftime at Wells Fargo Center, and they dealt out some more lumps to the Philadelphia 76ers and extending their season-long winning streak to six games and clinching the season series 3-1. The Sixers have lost 13 games in a row and 16 of their last 17.

Trevor Ariza made his first eight three-point attempts and set a career-high with 40 points, on 14-for-23 shooting, for the Wizards (31-28). His explosion led the Wizards to scoring a season-high 74 points in the first half, surpassing the 69 scored in a home victory vs. the Miami Heat in January. The 122 points are a season-high in regulation. Ariza made 8 of 12 threes. 

John Wall was the next highest scorer with 17  to go with 16 assists, tying a career-high. He had a double-double of 12 points and 10 assists after two quarters. Marcin Gortat, who was in foul trouble, still finished with 13 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Trevor Booker had 14 points on 6 of 7 shooting, seven rebounds and two blocks and Bradley Beal 11 points. 

Ariza's final points -- and also Wall's final assist -- came after he had his shot blocked, Wall hustled to the floor for a rebound and fed him for a layup with 3:49 left in the fourth. 

[RELATED: Watch Allen Iverson's full number retirement speech]

With the exception of Chris Singleton, the reserves weren't very effective. They tallied seven turnovers, 13 fouls and was 8-for-28 shooting. Singleton only shot 1-for-5 and had three rebounds, but his defense was stellar as he challenged every shot possible in the paint and ran over to contest on help defense. Otto Porter played for the first time since Feb. 19, making 1 of 2 shots in garbage time. 

Michael Carter-Williams, who had 31 points in the last meeting, was held in check. He had 15 points on 5-for-14 shooting. He also led the starters for the Sixers (15-44) with six rebounds. 

Turning point: The opening tip. The Wizards took a 41-28 lead after the first quarter with Ariza scoring 24 of them. He made all six three-point attempts. 

Key stat: The Wizards had 33 assists on 45 made field goals. 

Time sheet: Gortat and Beal played 51 minutes in the triple-overtime win vs. the Toronto Raptors on Thursday. Gortat played 31 and Beal 29 on Saturday. Ariza played 36 after going for 50 and Wall, who stayed on the court 49 minutes, played 29.

Debut: After not playing in the last game, his first with the Wizards after signing a 10-day contract, Drew Gooden played four minutes in the first half and was clearly not in sync. He picked up three quick fouls. He was 0-for-2 shooting in eight minutes and didn't score but did grab six rebounds.  

Hello again: Eric Maynor, who was traded Feb. 20 by Washington after a brief but disastrous stay in his first season, had his second solid game in a row. Maynor couldn't get on the court with the Wizards, who have an edict to make the playoffs from owner Ted Leonsis. In Philadelphia, which has gutted its roster and playing for the June draft, he can get all the time he wants to work out the kinks. He finished with 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting and grabbed four rebounds. 

From the locker room: "From an offensive standpoint, we just moved the ball. When we don't pre-determine what we're going to do, read what the defense is doing, just move the ball it was a thing of beauty. Trevor, obviously, got us going and John found him a lot. For a guy that scored 40, he didn't search for 40 even when he got hot. That's a big key for us. John got us going with moving the ball, getting pace into the game." -- Wittman 

"We did our job. We're playing really well right now. A lot of players were afraid of this game, that we could actually fall asleep and lose this game. We're really happy we got this win. It was only a one-man show and it was Trevor. He was outstanding today. He couldn't miss the first quarter." -- Gortat

"We were definitely ready for this game. Times before we would let a game like this slip through our hands ... especially with all the things that's going on (Iverson's jersey retirement) for their city. We were locked in tonight. We were ready to play." -- Ariza

"We did a great job of not falling into their traps, not falling into the way they play and we stayed our course. We played well on both ends of the floor. We took away their sets. We rebounded the ball and guys definitely made shots." -- Beal 

Up next: The Wizards traveled back to D.C. after the game, where they likely will shoot around Sunday and play the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday at Verizon Center (CSN, 7)

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