August 8, 2020

Washington Wizards Game 4 Review: Wall powers Wiz past 76ers to notch first win of the season

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.

In the third, Washington widened the margin once more. Wall opened the quarter with a three-pointer before Ariza’s driving layup and one brought the Wizards to a double-digit lead. Wall sank two more threes before the quarter ended with Washington in front 89-76.

In the final quarter, it was Webster who shot consistently from behind the arc to help shut down the Sixers. In the final moments of the game, however, Wall tallied one more to cap off the Wizards’ first victory of the season by the score of 116-102.

In addition to Wall’s unexpected efficiency from behind the arc, the Wizards largely attributed their success to good ball movement, having tallied 32 assists on the night.

The game also featured the return of Nene, who missed the previous two games with a strained left calf. Nene posted 10 points and five rebounds, and showed no signs of lingering discomfort.

Washington returns to the Verizon Center Friday night to face the Brooklyn Nets before embarking on a three-game road trip.

About Alyssa Wolice

Alyssa Wolice is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Nationals and Wizards. As a former production assistant, she covered the Nationals, Redskins, Capitals, Wizards, D.C. United and local collegiate teams. You can follow Alyssa on Twitter @awolice.

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