By Annie Ross
The Sixers ran into a Wall Friday night in Washington.
Literally and figuratively.
John Wall had his fourth career triple-double with 18 points, a career-high 13 rebounds and 10 assists, leading the Washington Wizards over the Sixers 106-94.
Marcin Gortat had 21 points and had 13 rebounds for the Wizards, who had lost five of their previous six. Bradley Beal scored 22 in his first start since Dec. 9.
Ish Smith, cut by Washington during training camp, led Philly with 22 points. Smith, playing for his ninth NBA team in just six seasons, scored 14 points in the third quarter.
The Wizards never trailed and thanks to their highest scoring first quarter of the season, raced to a 38-18 lead.
By midway in the third quarter, they led 76-51. The 76ers cut the lead to 92-83 with 6:12 to play, but made no further headway.
The Sixers, who narrowly lost to Golden State last Saturday, fell for the fourth straight time. They’re now 7-43.