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WASHINGTON -- Jrue Holiday scored 22 points and Thaddeus Young had 18 points and 13 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 97-86 win over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
Damien Wilkins and Spencer Hawes each scored 15 points for the 76ers (32-47), who had lost four of five games, including two straight after being eliminated from the Eastern Conference playoff race.
John Wall paced the Wizards (29-51) with 24 points. Though they improved throughout the season following Wall's return from a knee injury, the Wizards have now lost four straight with two games remaining. Washington shot 1 of 13 from beyond the 3-point arc and committed 17 turnovers.
Tied at 59-59 with less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter, Hawes' 3-pointer started an 8-0 run that put the 76ers ahead for good. The lead never dipped below six points from there and Holiday's layup gave Philadelphia its largest advantage at 92-78.
Holiday had only one assist in each of his last two games, but the All-Star guard had seven against the Wizards.
Before the game, reporters attempted to speak with 76ers coach Doug Collins about conflicting media reports regarding his job security for next season.
Collins had no interest in playing along.
"Let's move forward to the basketball game," the coach barked. "We have four more games to play. I've told you all along I'm not the topic of conversation. We're going to focus on the games and play those. We'll sit down at the beginning of the season as we've always done. I've got a wonderful relationship with [76ers owner] Josh Harris and we will discuss what we need to do next year."
Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin each scored 10 for the Wizards. Despite the loss, Washington ended with a 22-19 home record, finishing above .500 for the first time since the 2008-09 season.
Wall went 6-for-7 from the field for 13 points in the first quarter, but missed 11 of his final 14 attempts. The Wizards assisted on their first eight field goal attempts and held a 13-point lead in the second quarter.
However, the lead was only 49-48 at halftime as the 76ers closed the half with a 17-6 run, the final five points coming from Holiday.
The Wizards remain one victory shy of 30. Washington has not won at least 30 games in a season since claiming 43 during the 2007-08 season. Since Wall's return on January 12, Washington is 24-23.
Notes: The Wizards played without small forwards Martell Webster (abdominal strain) and revor Ariza (sore left knee). Cartier Martin replaced Webster in the staring lineup. Ariza has missed three straight games. ... Sixers guard Nick Young went scoreless in nine minutes of action in his first game at the Verizon Center since being traded by the Wizards to the Los Angeles Clippers midway through the 2011-12 season. Washington's first-round pick in 2007, Young missed hiladelphia's previous game in the Nation's Capital in March with a left foot injury. ... The Wizards face the Brooklyn Nets on Monday before wrapping up the season in Chicago against the Bulls on Wednesday. ... The 76ers next play Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the final home game of the season.