Try as you may to push last week's five game losing streak out of your mind it still happened, but this week is a different story. The Wizards have now won three straight and sweep the season series against the 76ers 4-0.
After beating Detroit and Chicago by a combined 64 points, John Wall and the Washington Wizards were on pace to blow out Ish Smith and company. Wall dished out 11 assists in the first half and Marcus Thornton's halftime buzzer beater three put the Wizards up 19 going into half.
However, the Wizards lost their intensity and focus coming out of halftime. They spent most of the second half fighting for a win, even allowing the Sixers to tie the game at 82 in the fourth quarter. To make matters worse, Markieff Morris was called for a Flagrant 2 on Isaiah Canaan and ejected with 6 minutes left to play in the fourth.
The Wizards held on to win this game because of John Wall's free throws and Marcus Thornton's falling jumpers in the closing minutes, but it wasn't pretty.
Player of Game: It's tough to say, depends of which half of basketball you watched. But the nod goes to Thornton, with 18 points off of the bench on 21 minutes of play, shooting 7 of 16 from the field. When the Wizards needed a basket, he was there to save the day and keep them disappointing those who watched.
Consecutive Triple Doubles: John Wall earned his fourth triple double of the season, and his second in two games, but he did it in the most unflattering way. His stat line reads: 16 points (on 4 of 17 shooting from the field), 14 assists, 13 rebounds, 9 turnovers.
Turnovers: The Wizards committed 23 turnovers and gave the 76ers the 30 points they needed to get back in the game. Against a more competent team, this could have been ugly, but they were able to survive it tonight.