NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Washington
(Friday, December 19th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 109, Washington 103
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Lou Williams came off the bench and exploded for a career-high 26 points to pace the Philadelphia 76ers over the struggling Washington Wizards, 109-103, in a back-and-forth affair at the Verizon Center.
Thaddeus Young added 18 points and four steals while rookie Marreese Speights also logged a career-high with 17 points for Philadelphia, which moved to 3-0 under interim head coach Tony DiLeo.
Andre Iguodala chipped in 18 points and a team-high nine rebounds for the Sixers, who played without Elton Brand, as the star forward is expected to miss a month after dislocating his right shoulder on Wednesday.
Antawn Jamison, sporting a protective bandage over a strained left thumb suffered on Wednesday, posted 23 points and 10 rebounds for Washington, which has dropped five straight and eight of nine overall to fall to an Eastern Conference-worst 4-20.
Caron Butler and Mike James finished with 20 and 16 points, respectively, in defeat.
The game, which featured 36 lead changes and 32 ties, see-sawed for the better half of the fourth quarter with Philly cutting into a seven-point Washington lead behind an 11-2 burst around the midway point.
With three minutes to go, Williams hit a streaking Speights for a layup to break a 99-99 tie. It remained a two-point Sixers lead as Washington's DeShawn Stevenson missed a three-pointer with a little over a minute to go, and Philly was called for offensive basket interference as Iguodala and Speights attempted to tip in a miss.
Andray Blatche was off the mark on a baseline jumper on Washington's next touch, and Iguodala grabbed the rebound and hit two free throws down the other end for a 105-101 lead with 16 seconds remaining.
Jamison dropped in an easy two before Young's two free throws and Butler's errant three-pointer sealed the decision in favor of the visitors.
In a five-minute stretch that spanned the first and second quarters, Williams scored 16 straight Sixers points thanks to a trio of three-pointers. But the balanced Washington attack, which had 10 different players score in the first half, had the Wizards leading 28-27 after the first quarter and 57-56 at the break.
The Wizards extended the difference to eight midway through the third quarter, but 11 consecutive Sixers points -- six from the foul line -- gave Philly a 78-75 edge with 3 1/2 minutes to play in the frame.
Washington responded by scoring eight of the last 11 points in the quarter to take the lead back, 86-84, heading to the final stanza.
Philadelphia snapped a five-game losing streak in Washington...Philly's Andre Miller had 12 points and six assists, while Washington's Blatche and Nick Young contributed 13 and 12 points, respectively...Washington owned a 43-34 edge on the glass, but made just 15-of-23 from the free throw line.
12/19 22:08:21 ET