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76ers 92, Wizards 84

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PHILADELPHIA -- Jrue Holiday scored 21 points Wednesday night as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Washington Wizards 92-84.

Ex-Wizard Nick Young added 18 points for the Sixers (19-26), who won for just the eighth time in their last 25 games. Thaddeus Young scored 14, as did back center Lavoy Allen, who began the night averaging 6.2. Spencer Hawes had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Nene had 16 points to pace the Wizards (11-33), who had won seven of their previous 11. Emeka Okafor contributed 15 points and 17 rebounds.

Martell Webster also scored 15 for Washington, which was without rookie guard Bradley Beal (sprained right wrist) and fell to 3-19 on the road. John Wall finished with nine points and six assists.

Leading 50-48 early in the third quarter, the Sixers went on a 17-5 run to build a 67-53 lead. Nick Young had seven points in the run, including a pair of 3-pointers, and Holiday contributed four.

Philadelphia expanded its lead to 16 early in the fourth period, at 87-71, but Washington scored 13 of the next 15 points, five by Trevor Ariza, to make it 89-84 with 1:40 left. Holiday then made a free throw and a jumper to close out the victory.

Young scored 11 points in the first half as the Sixers took a 48-39 lead. Emeka Okafor had eight points and eight rebounds in the half for Washington.

NOTES: Wizards coach Randy Wittman can relate to the struggles the Sixers have had without injured center Andrew Bynum, seeing as Washington went 5-28 while Wall sat out with a knee injury. "You've got to stay in the fight," Wittman said. "You don't have any control over that. Opportunity presents itself to different guys. In that situation you've got to have guys step up and take advantage of those opportunities." ... Wittman also praised Okafor for being "as consistent as anybody we have." Okafor is averaging 10.4 points and 10.4 rebounds since Dec. 12, and owns respective overall averages of 8.8 and 8.3. ... Beal, who is third among NBA rookies in scoring (13.2), was named to the Rising Stars Challenge on All-Star Weekend in Houston. ... Sixers guard Jason Richardson missed his fifth straight game with a sore left knee. He traveled to Colorado to receive a second opinion. ... The Sixers also were without reserve guard Damien Wilkins, who sat out for personal reasons.
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