NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Washington 29 16 33 37 115
Philadelphia 32 36 36 28 132
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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)01:0019:00 ET6:00 PM CTNaN:� , January 8, 2019
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 20,446

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Washington Wizards at Philadelphia 76ers

  1. The Wizards have won three of their last four games, most recently beating the Thunder on the road, 116-98. It was their second game in three holding an opponent under 100 points -- Washington has a total of five such games this season, tied with Atlanta for second fewest in the East (New York -- two).
  2. Thomas Bryant scored 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting versus Oklahoma City, posting his 11th straight game with a field-goal percentage of 50.0 percent or better. Bryant is shooting 72.0 percent (59-of-82) from the field since December 16, best in the NBA in that span (min. 50 FGA).
  3. The Sixers have won three straight, most recently beating the Mavericks at home, 106-100. Philadelphia, Boston and San Antonio are the only teams still undefeated in 2019 (all 3-0) -- the Sixers have averaged 119.0 points in their last three, second most in the East (Mil -- 123.8).
  4. Joel Embiid is averaging 29.0 points over his last seven games, shooting 53.6 percent from the field, 44.4 percent from three and 85.9 percent from the free-throw line. Since the three-point shot was instituted in 1979-80, Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns are the only centers to maintain shooting splits of 50/40/85 over a seven-game span (min. 100 FGA, 10 3PA, 50 FTA in span).
  5. The Sixers beat the Wizards in Philadelphia in November, 123-98. Philadelphia has won five straight home games versus Washington after losing five of the previous six. A win tonight will see the Sixers tie their longest active home win streak versus a single opponent (six in a row versus New York).
  6. Philadelphia has a scoring average of 117.6 versus teams currently at or below .500 compared to an average of 106.8 versus teams above .500. The 10.8 point per game difference is the second largest in the NBA this season (Golden State, +12.5).

The Washington Wizards will attempt to win a second consecutive game on the road against a quality opponent when they visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.

The Wizards won 116-98 on the road against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday behind 25 points from Bradley Beal. It was their first ever win on the road against the Thunder since the franchise moved from their previous home in Seattle.

Otto Porter scored 20 points and Jeff Green added 16. The Wizards picked up the huge road win despite the absence of All-Star guard John Wall, who is out for the season following surgery on his heel.

"It's great," Beal told the Washington Post. "I told the team that before we walked out tonight, I've never won here. Even when (Wizards head coach Scott) Brooks was here, I've never won here. So it's just something I wanted everybody to keep on their mind."

The Wizards improved to 9-0 this season when they're able to corral more rebounds than their opponent.

After a tough start shooting, the Wizards finally found their range. Beal wound up 10 of 27 from the field.

"The way we started, it was not looking good," Brooks told reporters. "They were manhandling us and getting anything they wanted. We couldn't get to the rim. We couldn't do anything those first two to three minutes."

Porter continued to give the Wizards a boost off the bench by hitting 7 of 17 shots, including 4 of 6 from beyond the arc.

"I am still trying to get the rust off," Porter told reporters. "Coming off the bench allows me to add scoring. I'm doing whatever I can."

The Sixers own 17 home wins and in their most recent game, they defeated the Dallas Mavericks 106-100 on Saturday behind Ben Simmons' sixth triple-double of the season. Simmons had 20 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.

Joel Embiid added 25 points and 12 rebounds.

The Sixers won without All-Star guard Jimmy Butler, who has missed two straight games with an upper respiratory infection. Beyond the illness, a published report on ESPN.com stated that there was friction between Butler and Sixers head coach Brett Brown in a recent film session.

"Jimmy's been great, amazing for me," Simmons said.

The Sixers are 17-8 since trading for Butler in a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"Everybody is trying to fit in," Embiid told reporters. "We are going to keep working on it. We are inching toward it and we are going to get there."

The Sixers have won three in a row, though they've bolted to huge leads only to let the opponent climb back within striking distance down the stretch.

Simmons, in only his second season, has helped seal the wins with clutch plays in the closing minutes. Simmons' six triple doubles ranks second in the league behind Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook, who has 12.

"Just being more aggressive, I think, when I take more shots," Simmons told Philly.com. "They have to play me a different way and I think teams are starting to do that. So it's easier for me to read the defense and just give teams a different look when they're guarding me."

Updated January 7, 2019

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