By Peter Gleason
What a difference one night makes in the NBA.
On Tuesday night the Sixers blew the doors off the Washington Wizards 132-115 in Philly.
And last night Washington took a Wiz on the Sixers 123-106 in DC.
Bradley Beal scored 14 consecutive points and finished with 34.
Otto Porter Jr. added 23 points, his most since returning from a quadriceps injury this month, and Trevor Ariza had 17 to help Washington improve to 4-3 since losing All-Star guard John Wall for the season.
Joel Embiid had 35 points and 14 rebounds for the 76ers. They committed 23 turnovers, and had a four-game winning streak end.
Jimmy Butler added 23 points, and Ben Simmons had 15 points and 10 rebounds. A night after hitting more than half of their 31 attempts from beyond the arc, the 76ers shot 8 of 27 from 3-point range, going 3 of 20 in the first three quarters.
“The combination of not being able to make some shots, the turnovers creating a lot of their offensive looks was too hard to overcome,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said.
Philly cut what had been a 26-point deficit in the third quarter down to 12 in the fourth on the possession that followed Embiid’s charge.
Beal answered by individually outscoring the visitors 14-5 to make it 116-95 with 4:22 left. He shot 6 of 11 from 3-point range and 13 of 21 overall from the field. Not to mention a gutsy defensive play.
“He’s willing to do whatever it takes to win,” Ariza said. “We all see that in him.”