Wizards Hold Off Tough Sixers Fourth Quarter Effort to Snap Their 8 Game Winning Streak

Story By: Erin Zollars

Photos By: Sol Tucker

Washington, D.C–

For the Wizards, tonight was a huge game for the movement in the playoff race. A win against the Sixers would give them some breathing room and also move them into 4th place ahead of the Pacers, who come to town next weekend. They have continued to post up a 9-3 record without wall in the line-up and have seem the emergence of Tomas Satoransky in his absence make a huge difference in the line-up.

Satoransky’s 10 assists were the second-most of his career.  Sunday marked the first of 13 consecutive games against teams that entered the day holding an NBA playoff position.

“Philly played extremely tough in the fourth quarter of the game, we made a few mistakes and it allowed for Embid to get inside an get a few buckets to pull them to within striking distance, said Wizards Head Coach Scott Brooks.

Joel Embiid had 25 points and 10 rebounds for Philadelphia, which dropped a half-game behind Milwaukee into seventh place and two back of Washington in the congested East standings.

Ben Simmons added 16 points as the 76ers lost for the first time in eight games overall to settle for a 2-2 split of the season series. It was Philadelphia’s eighth consecutive loss in Washington.

Next up for the Wizards is a quick one game road trip to Milwaukee, before returning home to face the Warriors on Wednesday night.

 

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