Wizards get revenge, cruise past 76ers
Bradley Beal slapped the court late into the fourth quarter repeatedly Wednesday in celebration. The Wizards star then walked to the huddle and jumped to high-five the hand of a taller teammate.
Beal finally got his revenge.
In a rare back-to-back home-and-home series, the Wizards prevailed Wednesday over the Philadelphia 76ers with a 123-106 win at Capital One Arena after the 76ers had tormented them a night earlier.
Beal had a game-high 34 points and the Wizards improved to 17-25.
On Tuesday in Philadelphia, the 76ers dominated the Wizards in a 132-115 victory. Philadelphia has been a nightmare matchup for the Wizards this season as it also won the first meeting by 25. In both cases, the 76ers controlled the glass and Washington didn’t have an answer for stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.
But the Wizards didn’t face any of the same problems to begin the game. Washington raced out to a lead in the first with Beal dictating the tempo. As the Wizards guard played all 12 minutes of the quarter, he scored 11 points and the Wizards led 25-20 to finish the first.
The 76ers seemed sluggish. By halftime, trailing 63-48, Philadelphia had shot just 36.4 percent and had 14 turnovers.
Swingman Otto Porter was, again, effective coming off the bench. Coach Scott Brooks previously moved him there last week to get the forward readjusted to the pace of the game after missing 10 games with a right knee injury.
Porter finished with 23 points and six rebounds in 33 minutes.
Porter was aggressive, which was encouraging for the Wizards. He took 15 shot attempts and made all six of his free throw attempts. Throughout Porter’s career, the Wizards have always encouraged him to shoot more. But that wasn’t an issue on Wednesday.
Porter was part of a second unit that outscored the 76ers, 51-12.
The Wizards, too, never stopped moving. They created enough space to get to the rim scoring 48 points inside the paint. Washington also swarmed Philadelphia on defense, and the 76ers shot 43 percent. Philadelphia shot just 29.6 percent from deep.