NBA Game Summary - Washington at Philadelphia
(Tuesday, February 5th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 101, Washington 96
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Andre Iguodala poured in 20 points, including the go-ahead basket, and the Philadelphia 76ers overcame the Washington Wizards, 101-96, after an amazing 17-0 run late in the fourth quarter.
Thaddeus Young tallied a career-high 17 points, shooting 8-for-10 from the field while reeling in nine rebounds for the Sixers, who snapped a two-game slide. Rodney Carney added 16 points, and Louis Williams and Andre Miller contributed 11 points apiece. Miller also doled out 14 assists, as Philadelphia improved to 10-14 at the Wachovia Center, in the opener of its season-high five-game homestand.
DeShawn Stevenson scored 19 points to pace Washington, which is in the midst of a four-game losing skid for the first time since opening the season with five consecutive losses. Brendan Haywood bucketed 18 points and hauled in eight rebounds, and Antawn Jamison was mired in a 6-for-23 shooting affair, though he finished with 16 points and 14 boards. The Wizards have dropped five straight road outings, slipping to 9-13 as the visitor. Roger Mason managed 15 points, and Antonio Daniels chipped in with 10 points. Washington has not felt the brotherly love, falling in five of its last seven trips to Philadelphia.
Trailing by a dozen, 90-78, with just under nine minutes to play, the 76ers surged to score a remarkable 17 unanswered points. Iguodala hit a layup at the 4:08 mark that pushed Philadelphia ahead, 92-90. When Williams connected on a shot from the charity stripe, capping the barrage, the Sixers took a 95-90 advantage with 2:44 left in the game.
The Wizards pulled within three after Jamison knocked down a jumpshot, but Iguodala came right back on the other end, burying a jumper of his own that restored the five-point lead for Philadelphia with two minutes to go.
Washington proceeded to turn the ball over, and the 76ers shot 4-for-6 from the free throw line to put the game away. The Wizards went 0-for-5 from the field in the final 2:17, with all attempts coming from beyond-the-arc, before finally dropping in a meaningless layup with 0.2 seconds on the clock.
"Well, that was a great win for us," stated 76ers head coach Maurice Cheeks. "The way that we stayed in there, the way we hung in there after getting down 12 (points). I was just proud of our guys, the way they hung in there even though we were down 12 points and it looked like we were in trouble. They just hung in there and we were able to come away with a win."
The opening period featured a whopping nine lead changes. The Sixers started off with a 9-4 lead before the Wizards went on a 10-2 run to go on top for the first time. Stevenson stroked a three-pointer with 5:16 remaining to push Washington ahead, 14-11.
The advantage shifted eight other times, with the ninth of the quarter coming when Mason drained a jumper with just one second on the clock. The bucket gave the Wizards a 25-23 edge moving to the second stanza.
Washington was able to gain some separation with a 6-2 spurt to end the half. Jamison netted four points and reeled in a rebound during the streak, and his pair of free throws with 24 seconds to play sent the Wizards to the locker room with a 56-49 cushion.
Philadelphia had cut the deficit to a basket, 69-67, when Washington erupted for a 14-6 flurry to close the third quarter. Haywood highlighted the burst, scoring 10 points while cleaning up three boards. Mason sunk a jumpshot with three seconds left, and the Wizards took an 83-73 lead into the final frame.
This was Caron Butler's second game back in the lineup, after missing three contests with a strained hip flexor. He only lasted through the first half before exiting the contest...Stevenson also left the game early, after catching a Dalembert elbow in the face in the fourth quarter, though he was available to return...The 76ers lead the season series against the Wizards, 2-1, with each team having won on its homecourt...There were 24 lead changes in the game...The squads combined for 33 turnovers...Philadelphia shot 56.9 percent from the field.
02/05 23:12:58 ET