NBA Game Summary - Washington at Philadelphia
(Friday, November 30th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 85, Washington 84
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Samuel Dalembert scored 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as Philadelphia edged Washington, 85-84, at the Wachovia Center.
Things were even heading into the fourth quarter and remained that way as the game headed toward the stretch.
The Sixers finally eased ahead when Lou Williams got loose on a fastbreak, drew contact and dropped in two from the line. Moments later, Andre Miller found a wide open Dalembert underneath for a reverse slam to make it an 82-78 game with 2:54 left in the game.
Philadelphia continued to tighten the defensive screws over the next two minutes and the Wizards couldn't convert. Dalembert then got to the charity stripe for the Sixers, with 1:06 remaining and drained both to make it a six-point game, 84-78.
Caron Butler finally ended the drought for Washington by burying a three from the left wing to make it a one-possession game, 84-81, with 1:03 on the clock.
After a Williams miss on the other end, Dalembert came up with a big offensive rebound and was fouled. The Sixers' center made 1-of-2 this time to make it 85-81 with 45.2 ticks left.
The Wizards refused to give in, however, and Butler drained another three from the right corner with 31.5 remaining.
The Sixers strangely went to the ice-cold Andre Iguodala at the other end and the swingman missed his 16th consecutive shot, giving the Wizards a chance.
Instead of calling timeout, Washington raced down the court hoping to catch the Sixers in transition and Nick Young got a wide open look at a three from the right wing. The ball bounced off the iron, however, enabling the Sixers to survive.
"I didn't want to set the play up. We're down one, we could get fouled, send it into overtime, or a two could win it. We had people on the floor that can score," said Wizards head coach Eddie Jordan. "Nick had a rhythm jumpshot, he just happened not to make the shot tonight."
Miller added 18 points and eight assists for the Sixers, who have won two of their past three games.
"I didn't think it was an offensive game for us. It was defensive," said Miller. "Our defense kept them from getting easy baskets and that's a team that likes to get to the free throw line."
Willie Green and Reggie Evans chipped in with 13 points apiece. Iguodala had eight points, 12 rebounds and seven assists but was a miserable 3-of-19 from the floor.
Butler had a game-high 20 points for the Wizards, who have dropped four of five. Antawn Jamison tallied 16 points and 11 rebounds while Young had 13 points off the bench.
The Sixers took a 25-20 advantage after the opening 12 minutes but Washington bounced back to take a slim 43-42 edge at intermission.
Things remained tight through three quarters and the teams entered the final frame deadlocked at 68.
The Sixers were a pathetic 0-for-14 from beyond-the-arc, tying a franchise record for futility set February 22, 1988, at Houston...The Wizards wrapped up a four-game road trip at 1-3 and are 4-6 on the road this season...Washington handed the Sixers a 116-101 loss on November 20 this season at the Verizon Center...Philadelphia is 8-3 in their last 11 matchups with the Wizards in the City of Brotherly Love.
12/01 01:31:36 ET