Let’s start it off with the box score totals from Washington’s new starting point guard. Russell Westbrook came up big in his debut, getting a triple-double in the first three quarters. To be exact, Westbrook had 13 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds in that time. He finished with 21 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds.
This game started off pretty precariously as the Sixers were able to open up to a 50-37 lead midway through the second quarter. But the Wizards were able to make a big run of their own to finish the first half with a 59-58 halftime lead.
And the Wizards really made things interesting in the third quarter as they opened 11 consecutive points and held Philadelphia to just 22.7 percent shooting from the floor. What I liked the most? Davis Bertans closing the period with a long three at the buzzer.
Inevitably, the Sixers closed in the fourth quarter, tying at times, eventually taking a 101-99 lead with just over two minutes left in regulation. Ultimately, Washington couldn’t pull through once the lead went away.
For Washington, Bradley Beal added 31 points to lead all scorers and Bertans added 14 off the bench. For Philadelphia, Joel Embiid led with 29 points and 13 rebounds.
The Wizards will head back home for a two-game series against the Orlando Magic. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET this Saturday, Dec. 26.