This is the second meeting between the two teams this season. The Sixers traveled to the nation’s capital to face the Washington Wizards. Coming off back-to-back road losses in New Orleans and Boston, the Sixers looked to get back on track with a win on Wednesday night. Joel Embiid drops 50 in win over the Wizards, 131-126.
A good bit of news for Philadelphia going into the night. Shooting guard Kelly Oubre Jr was available to play for the first time since being involved in a hit-and-run. This incident occurred in downtown Philadelphia on November 11th. The Sixers got Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey back in the lineup after they both missed the previous game against the Boston Celtics. With only two games separating the Sixers from the Celtics, Philadelphia was looking to right the ship and push at the division leaders.
Slow and Not So Steady
The Sixers got off to a bit of a slow start. They were outscored by the Wizards 29-25 in the opening frame. A strong first quarter was needed for the Wizards, who have lost two straight and 11 of their last 12. Joel Embiid would put in a lot of work in the opening frame. Embiid scored 12 of the Sixer’s 25 points to start the game. The Sixers would keep it close through the second quarter of play, ending the first half with a half-court buzzer-beater by Tyrese Maxey to make the 62-60 Washington at the break.
Philadelphia would turn it on in the second half. All behind Embiid’s 11 points in the third quarter to pair with 10 from Maxey. Overall, the Sixers would finish 8-27 (29.6%) from three-point range in this game but made up for it with 68 points in the paint. They would continue to put pressure on in the fourth quarter to take the lead with roughly five minutes to play and would hold the lead to the end behind a strong 50-point performance by Embiid, last year’s league MVP. The Sixers would get a much-needed win by a final score of 131-126.
The pairing of Embiid and Maxey has been sensational to watch this season. The pair combined for 76 points against Washington after not playing in the team’s last game in Boston five days ago. The win gives Philadelphia a record of 13-7, only two games back of the Boston Celtics who sit at 15-5 on the year. The Sixers now return home to welcome the Atlanta Hawks on Friday at 7 pm.