John Wall’s 24 points and career-high five three-pointers helped the Washington Wizards to a 116-102 win over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center Wednesday night. The victory marked Washington’s long-awaited first of the season, dashing fears of a potential start to rival 2012’s 0-12 run.
Marcin Gortat added 19 points and 12 rebounds to the effort and Bradley Beal came up big with 17 and eight, respectively. Washington (1-3) also benefited from strong performances by Martell Webster and Al Harrington off the bench.
But, it was Wall who kept the Sixers in check from the get-go.
Beal sank the first basket from behind the arc and the Wizards never allowed Philly to play catch-up. By the end of the first quarter, Washington carried a 39-27 lead, largely on the backs of Gortat and Beal.
The second quarter featured a four-and-a-half minute stretch in which the Wizards failed to score, but Wall and Trevor Ariza posted timely threes to help the Wizards stay in front, 60-51, at the half. [Read more...]