By Jack Ryan
Joel Embiid had 16 points and 15 rebounds, Ben Simmons added 13 points and 10 assists in the Sixers’ 123-98 victory over Washington.
T.J. McConnell scored 15 points to help the 76ers win their third in a row and seventh in the last eight. They improved to 12-1 at home and 16-8 overall, three and a half games behind the Raptors in the Atlantic Division.
“It’s great for the team,” Embiid said. “Early in the season we had problems (holding large leads). I’m hoping we corrected it.”
Bradley Beal had 19 points for the short-handed Wizards, who have lost two straight.
Washington once again played without Dwight Howard. He’s expected to miss two to three months after undergoing spinal surgery on Friday to relieve pain in his glutes. The Wizards also didn’t have starter Otto Porter Jr., who was out for personal reasons.
The Sixers led 68-46 at the half.
Embiid drained a 3-pointer after a no-look, between-the-legs pass from Simmons early in the first; Simmons finished a drive with a dunk after a no-look, over-the-shoulder dish from McConnell with 4 1/2 minutes left in the first; and Simmons brought down the house with an alley-oop jam af
The Sixers led by 35 in the second half, and the hosts finished the third period ahead 98-70. By then, Simmons and Embiid were resting comfortably on the bench while the reserves put the finishing touches on the 76ers’ fifth straight win over Washington in Philadelphia.
“That was a good team effort,” coach Brett Brown said. “We were able to rest guys.”