October 19, 2020

Washington Wizards Game 42 Review: Wizards dominant, rout 76ers at home

Physical play and one of the widest talent gaps in the NBA was too much for Philadelphia to overcome, and the Wizards outscored the 76ers by at least four in every quarter en route to a 111-76 win over the 76ers in front of a lively Martin Luther King, Jr. Day crowd at Verizon Center on Monday afternoon.

The Monday matinee was an exhibition of one of the league’s most balanced teams, evidenced by Randy Wittman playing every player at his disposal (DeJuan Blair was declared inactive before the game). After Nerlens Noel’s tip-in with 6:48 to go in the first, that put the Sixers up 8-7, Washington went on a 20-6 run to end the quarter and continued to build their lead from there. Up 55-32 at halftime, the Wizards (29-13) was led by Marcin Gortat’s 20 points on 9-for-11 shooting; his eight rebounds were second only to Kris Humphries’ and Kevin Seraphin’s nine apiece.

Wizards notes

  • Washington is now 24-1 when holding opponents to under 100 points, and 16-1 at home.
  • Every Wizard played at least five minutes, and none played more than 29. “Whenever you have guys playing on a team who can get up big and keep the lead, that’s something we got to learn how to do. That’s something good teams do, so guys can get more rest and take care of their body. That’s something we tried to do tonight,” John Wall (11 points, 10 assists) said.
  • Wall’s double-double is his 22nd of the year.
  • Voting for the NBA All-Star Game ends tomorrow, and as of the final update (released on Jan. 8), Washington would have Wall, Gortat, Paul Pierce and Bradley Beal on the Eastern Conference’s team.
  • Randy Wittman was pleased with his team’s effort, especially their start-to-finish concentration. “We had focus right from the beginning, effort, our energy, you know that’s what you have to learn to do game-in and game-out no matter who you’re playing,” he said. “As I told the team and I think I told you guys, this team [Philadelphia] blows out New Orleans the other night and then New Orleans goes into Toronto and beats them last night. That’s what this league is all about; if you don’t show up to play, and we’ve proven enough in 41 games when we are not focused and aren’t playing with high energy and effort, you’re in trouble.”
  • The Wizards’ size proved to be a decisive factor, as they had 54 points in the paint to Philadelphia’s 32.
About Eric Hobeck

Eric Hobeck is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins and Capitals. Eric contributes to high school sports coverage at InsideNova.com. He served as sports editor of The Rotunda at Longwood University for two years, where he was also the men’s basketball beat writer. He hosted a campus radio show for three years and called basketball and baseball games for the station’s award-winning sports team. You can follow Eric on Twitter @eric_hobeck.

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