76ers 103, Wizards 90

The Philadelphia 76ers might not have a big-name player. They’ve

still become one of the hottest teams in the NBA with their brand

of team-oriented basketball.

Philadelphia won for the eighth time in nine games Saturday

night, beating the Washington Wizards 103-90. Lou Williams came off

the bench to score 24 points, and Andre Iguodala added a

season-high 23.

But the more important stat was the eight turnovers, which tied

Philadelphia’s season low and continued a trend. The 76ers entered

the game with the best turnover mark in the league.

”We don’t have a superstar,” Iguodala said. ”So we don’t get

those foul calls, the whistles as much as the teams that do have

one. So we have to do the little things right.”

Thaddeus Young tied his season high with 18 points and Jrue

Holiday scored 13 for Philadelphia, which got 46 points off the

bench, compared with 15 for the Wizards.

”That was a professional, workmanlike win for us tonight,”

76ers coach Doug Collins said.

Collins has stressed the importance of turnovers to his team,

and it showed against Washington. Philadelphia scored 27 points off

turnovers, while Washington had just six.

So how do the 76ers keep possession?

”Taking care of the ball like it’s our children or something

like that,” Young said. ”We’ve got to make sure we don’t turn the

ball over so teams can’t get out on the break on us and use our own

medicine on us.”

Philadelphia displayed the type of teamwork and ball control

that has been sorely lacking for the Wizards, who have the league’s

worst record at 1-11. Washington had 18 turnovers – 13 in the first


JaVale McGee scored a season-high 23 points for the Wizards and

tied his career high with 18 rebounds. McGee made his first eight

shots from the floor and finished 11 of 13. Nick Young also scored

a season-high 27 points.

John Wall narrowly missed a triple-double. He scored 19 points

with a season-high nine rebounds and tied his season high with nine

assists, but also had a season-worst eight turnovers, seven in the

first half.

”I feel like I lost the game,” Wall said.

It was the 76ers’ second win in two nights over Washington,

following a 120-89 victory Friday night in Philadelphia.

The Wizards looked like they were out for some revenge when the

game started, leading 26-23 after the first quarter. However, poor

decisions and sloppy play led to 13 Washington turnovers in the

first half, and it caught up to the Wizards in the second quarter.

Philadelphia took advantage to steadily pull ahead, outscoring

Washington 29-14 in the second quarter.

”The first half looked like Space Jam where everyone lost their

talents and couldn’t do anything there for a while,” Washington

coach Flip Saunders said. ”It sets the tone. They get into a

comfort zone – especially when you just lost to a team by 30. They

get so comfortable.”

The 76ers extended the lead in the second half to as many as 20

points early in the fourth quarter. Washington made a late push to

make the margin more respectable, but after Philadelphia took the

second-quarter lead the outcome was never in doubt.

The Wizards did keep the 76ers from making a little bit of

history. Six of Philadelphia’s wins have been by at least 20

points, and no team has ever won seven of its first 12 games by 20

points or more, according to STATS LLC.

”We don’t want to allow them to get close,” Williams said. ”I

think that’s one of the big things that’s been huge for us early

on, when we have substantial leads to try to keep them, and it was

the same tonight.”

NOTES: Wizards F Andray Blatche (sprained right shoulder) was

out for the third straight game. Washington coach Flip Saunders

said he wasn’t sure when Blatche would return. … The Wizards’ 14

points in the second quarter marked the 20th time in Washington’s

48 quarters this season they have scored fewer than 20 points. …

Philadelphia won four straight against Washington. … It was the

ninth straight game the 76ers held their opponent to fewer than 100