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NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Washington

(Tuesday, November 2nd)

Final Score: Washington 116, Philadelphia 115 (OT)

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - John Wall finished with 29 points and 13 assists, and Andray Blatche added 23 points, including the game-deciding free throws with 7.1 seconds left in overtime as the Washington Wizards beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 116-115, at the Verizon Center.

Nick Young contributed 20 points in a reserve role and Al Thornton added 12 points in the win for the Wizards, who had dropped their first two games of the season in Orlando and Atlanta.

"It was big (to win the home opener)," Wall said. "We didn't want to come home and lose our first home game. We lost two games...the next one was at home, and you need to at least win at home."

Lou Williams posted a game-best 30 points, including 15-of-17 from the line, to lead the Sixers, who have dropped their first four games of the year and have lost 10 of their last 13 visits to Washington.

Elton Brand added 21 points and nine rebounds while Jrue Holiday finished with 14 points and 13 assists in defeat.

"Losing teams have bad habits," said Sixers head coach Doug Collins. "They're not broken overnight, and when they really get broken is when the players start getting upset with each other about the bad plays. That's when you really start getting accountability."

After Williams hit two free throws to give the Sixers a 106-103 lead with 3.1 seconds remaining in regulation, Washington head coach Flip Saunders called a timeout to draw one last play.

The timeout allowed Washington to advance the ball to midcourt, and on the inbound, Wall passed the ball to Cariter Martin at the top of the key, Martin, who only made two shots in the game, hit an off balance three over Andre Iguodala to send the game to overtime.

The Sixers took their only lead of the extra period as Iguodala hit his second of two free throws with 3:15 remaining to put the Sixers ahead, 107-106.

Wall hit two from the line with under three minutes remaining to put Washington in front, and the Wizards held the lead until 14.5 ticks remaining when Brand hit on a 14 foot running bank shot to put the Sixers up, 115-114.

On the following play, Blatche blew by Brand toward the basket, and Brand was forced to grab Blatche to prevent an uncontested go-ahead layup. Blatche was able to hit both of his free throw attempts to give Washington the lead.

Iguodala attempted a 16-foot jumper as time expired, but the shot was off the mark.

Holiday paced the Sixers with 10 first quarter points to give Philadelphia a 28-27 lead after 12 minutes of play.

Washington started the second quarter hitting on four of their first six shots, including threes from Kirk Hinrich and Young, and took a 50-48 advantage going into the half. Young had 10 of his 15 first-half points in the quarter.

The Sixers committed 10 turnovers in the third quarter and Washington capitalized, leading by as many as 11, but Philadelphia scored seven of the quarter's final nine points to cut the Wizards' lead to six, 72-66, heading into the final stanza.

The Wizards maintained the lead in the opening minutes of the fourth, but Williams' free throws tied the game, 86-86, with 5:41 remaining. The Sixers began an run extending to the final minutes of the fourth that saw them lead by as many as six, 100-94, but clutch free throws from the Wizards, 7-of-7 in the final minutes of play, trimmed the Sixers' lead to one, 104-103, with 6.2 seconds remaining.

Game Notes

Washington won all three meetings with the Sixers last season...The winning team has scored 100-plus points in nine previous meetings between these two franchises...This was Doug Collins' first return to Washington as a coach since he was fired by the Wizards following the 2002-03 season. He led them to a 74-90 record in two seasons at the helm...The Wizards are still without guard Gilbert Arenas, who is recovering from a strained right ankle tendon.

11/03 01:16:39 ET

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