Instant analysis: Sixers 97, Wizards 86

Instant analysis: Sixers 97, Wizards 86
April 12, 2013, 8:45 pm
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Game in a nutshell: PG John Wall began by making 4 of his first 5 shots to give the Wizards (29-51) a 31-24 lead going into the second quarter. Wall had 13 points, making 6 of 7 shots. The Sixers (32-47)  only shot 40% made missed 7 of 8 three-point shots. Wizards SG Garrett Temple, noted for his defense more than his stroke, had six points including a three-pointer.  PF Thaddeus Young got Philadelphia back in it. He scored six consecutive points and SG Damien Wilkins made a three to trim the deficit to 49-48 at halftime.  The hot streak continued in the third. Philadelphia took a 62-59 lead on a three-pointer by C Spencer Hawes and stretched it to nine points. The Wizards were sloppy in the fourth quarter and fell behind by as many as 13 points. Wall returned with 6:46 left but it was too late. The Wizards shot 1-for-13 from three for the game and committed 17 turnovers. The Sixers, who were led by 22 points from PG Jrue Holiday, ended a three-game losing streak. The Wizards' grew to four. 

No contest: Should there be any doubt who is the better player between Wall and Sixers SF Evan Turner? Turner, who was drafted No. 2 overall behind Wall in 2010, had seven assists and four rebounds in 26 minutes but was 0-for-11 shooting. He failed to score. Wall had 24 points on 9-for-21 shooting and seven assists. 

Forward progress: Coach Randy Wittman is giving his reserve forwards increased time with the season winding down.  Cartier Martin started and played 37 minutes but only went 2-for-8 for six points. Chris Singleton, who has been out of the rotation until recently, scored six points on 3-for-6 shooting in 19 minutes off the bench. Trevor Booker, who didn't play in the previous game, was the most efficient with 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting off the bench in 25 minutes.

Sore spots: SF Trevor Ariza didn't play for the third game in a row because of recurring soreness in his left knee. SF Martell Webster sat out with an abdominal strain he re-aggravated in the previous game with the Miami Heat.

Unwelcome back: SF Nick Young, who played for the Wizards from 2007-12, came off the bench to play here for the first time in a Sixers uniform. There was a smattering of boos as he missed his first two shots in the first half. He played just nine minutes and failed to score.

Who’s next: Monday at Brooklyn Nets, 7:30 p.m. ET on CSN. The Nets (47-32) beat the Indiana Pacers 117-109 on Friday night. 

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