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                        === Sixers roll past Wizards ===
 
 Washington,  DC (Sports  Network) - Jrue Holiday netted 22 points to lead five
 Philadelphia  players  in double figures  as the 76ers defeated the Washington
 Wizards, 97-86, on Friday night at the Verizon Center.
 
 "Defensively  the last three games haven't been very good," said Wizards coach
 Randy  Wittman. "We have  to find a way to close out the fourth quarter and we
 didn't do that tonight."
 
 Thaddeus   Young   tallied  18  points,   13  rebounds  and  four  steals  for
 Philadelphia, which snapped a three-game losing skid with the win.
 
 Spencer Hawes and Damien Wilkins scored 15 points apiece while recently signed
 Justin  Holiday, older  brother of Jrue, dropped a career-best seven points in
 20  minutes of  action.  The  76ers were  eliminated  from playoff  contention
 earlier in the week.
 
 "I  think  whether it's  a conscious  thing or a  subconscious thing, when you
 officially get eliminated, it kind of hits you," said Hawes. "It takes some of
 the  wind out of  your sails, but then you regroup and refocus and try to take
 out of it whatever you can the last however-many games."
 
 John  Wall supplied  a game-high  24 points  for Washington  but was  the lone
 starter  to  reach double figures. Trevor  Booker and Kevin Sepraphin each had
 10 points off the bench.
 
 Philly takes the season series, 2-1.
 
 Washington  led 31-24  after the first quarter  behind 13 points by Wall on 6-
 of-7  from the floor. Washington shot 61.9 percent as a team while holding the
 Sixers to just 40 percent and 1-of-8 from 3-point range.
 
 Midway  through the  second period,  Booker drilled  three straight  mid-ragne
 jumpers  for a personal  6-0 run to give the Wizards their largest lead of the
 game at 41-28.
 
 Philly managed to cut into the deficit and went into halftime trailing by just
 one  at  49-48. Jrue Holiday's  running layup  with 3.9 ticks remaining before
 intermission capped an 8-1 Sixers surge.
 
 With  the  game tied at 59-59,  Hawes and Holiday scored eight straight points
 for  Philly,  which took advantage  of poor  Wizards shooting and ball control
 late in the period. The Sixers led by nine at the end of the third and held at
 least a seven point edge for the duration of the contest.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Hawes picked up his team-leading seventh technical foul late in the first half
 ...  Justin Holiday  made his first career 3-pointer ... Evan Turner failed to
 score  on 0-of-11 from  the field ... The Wizards shot 1-of-13 from behind the
 arc.
 
 
 
 
 04/13 00:21:09 ET

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