NBA Game Recap - Washington at Philadelphia
Sat Dec 21, 2019 7:00 PM EST

UTA
114
CHA
107
F
ATL
112
BKN
122
F
WAS
108
PHI
125
F
CHI
119
DET
107
F
MIL
123
NY
102
F
SAC
115
MEM
119
F
LAC
134
SA
109
F
HOU
139
PHO
125
F
MIN
106
POR
113
F

Dec 21, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Washington (8-20)

25

28

27

28

108

Philadelphia (21-10)

32

33

23

37

125

76ers snap 3-game skid, beat Washington 125-108
Sat Dec 21, 2019 10:49 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers finally figured out how to beat a zone defense.

Joel Embiid had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Josh Richardson added 21 points to lead Philadelphia to a 125-108 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.

Ben Simmons had 14 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds for the 76ers, who snapped a three-game losing streak overall and a two-game skid at home.

Philadelphia suffered its first two home losses in its last two times out, Wednesday against Miami and Friday versus Dallas. Both teams used zone defenses that neutralized Philadelphia's offense.

But the Wizards, playing without several key players, weren't as effective when they tried to use the zone.

Simmons said it was because the 76ers kept the ball in motion.

"I think we did a lot better moving the ball," Simmons said. "That's really the key, we can't hold on too long. I've been playing against it my whole life. It's not new. Everyone has to be on the same page as far as moving the ball."

Brown said before the game that he thought Simmons, the team's star point guard, could be most effective against the zone as a "committed offensive rebounder." Simmons had four offensive boards, and Brown was pleased overall with his players' approach to the previously troubling defense.

"I give them a lot of credit for executing plays that would expose zone rotations," Brown said.

Bradley Beal had 36 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Wizards. Washington has lost three in a row and nine of 11.

"This is a championship team," Washington coach Scott Brooks said of the 76ers. "We're not close to that right now. We want to get there."

Both teams were playing the second game of a back-to-back, and Philadelphia had all players available.

"I wish they could have had some load management games," Brooks joked.

Isaiah Thomas added 20 points, but was ejected with 2:53 remaining for going into the stands.

Philadelphia took control with a 19-0 run over a nearly six-minute stretch in the second quarter, pushing a 34-30 advantage to 53-30 with 4:19 left in the half. Beal's corner 3 with 1:40 left in the third got Washington as close as four, 84-80, but the 76ers scored the last four points of the quarter to take an 88-80 lead into the fourth.

The 76ers kept Washington at a distance throughout the fourth to improve to 15-2 at home.

THOMAS' TAKE

Thomas said he confronted a spectator who thrice repeated two expletives while flashing the Wizards guard two middle fingers. According to Thomas, the fan apologized when confronted and said he was upset Thomas made a free throw because a miss would've given fans a milkshake from a local establishment as part of a team promotion.

ISH MISS

Ish Smith, coming off a perfect performance in Washington's 122-118 loss at Toronto on Friday, went scoreless in 20 minutes. He was 0 for 7 from the field, including 0 for 2 from beyond the arc, and missed both of his free-throw attempts. Smith scored 26 points while going 9 for 9 from the field, including 4 for 4 from 3-point range, as well as 4 for 4 from the free-throw line on Friday.

BROOKS ON BARKLEY

Brooks fondly recalled his time playing for the 76ers and teammate Charles Barkley during Brooks' first two seasons (1988-90) in the league. Just don't ask him to tell you the stories, he joked.

"One of the best times of my life," Brooks said of playing in Philadelphia. "Living with Charles Barkley, great memories and stories to be told - only to my closest friends."

TIP-INS

Wizards: Rookie Rui Hachimura (groin), who scored 27 points in Washington's 119-113 win over the 76ers on Dec. 5, missed his third straight game. . Moritz Wagner (ankle) sat for the fifth consecutive contest. . Dropped to 4-10 against the East and 4-13 on the road. . Thomas entered the arena wearing a throwback Allen Iverson Sixers jersey.

76ers: The teams play two more times, March 16 in Philadelphia and April 3 in Washington. . Have won seven straight over the Wizards in Philadelphia.

UP NEXT

Wizards: At New York Knicks on Monday.

76ers: At Detroit Pistons on Monday.

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Leaders

Washington PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
I. Smith 0 -15 2 1 0 0
B. Beal 36 -7 6 8 2 0
Philadelphia PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
N. Pelle 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Richardson 21 5 3 2 0 0

Team Comparison

WAS PHI
Points For 108 125
Field Goals 36/88-41% 49/94-52%
Three Pointers 7/31-23% 14/33-42%
Free Throws 29/34-85% 13/21-62%
Offensive Rebounds 7 16
Defensive Rebounds 31 37
Rebounds 47 63
Blocks 3 4
Steals 7 7
Turnovers 11 14
Points Scored Off Turnovers 11 12
Points in the Paint 46 54
Fast Break Points 15 19
Personal Fouls 21 26
Technical Fouls 0 0
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 1 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Series Tied 1-1

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Thu Dec 5 PHI 113 @ WAS 119 J. Ennis III 2 I. Bonga 2
Sat Dec 21 WAS 108 @ PHI 125 A. Schofield 2 F. Korkmaz 6

Game Information

Stadium: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 20,529
Game Time: 2:18