Marcin Gortat puts up double-double, Wizards beat 76ers

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Bradley Beal put up 22 points and notched 9 rebounds and 8 assists in a complete effort to lead the Washington Wizards to a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, 107-99. Washington (20-20) picked up the win after falling to the Detroit Pistons on Saturday.

Beal finished 8-15 from the field (3-4 on 3-point attempts) in a strong performance. Other key performers for Washington were Marcin Gortat with 19 points and 11 rebounds, Kevin Seraphin with 16 points and 7 rebounds, and Trevor Ariza with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Michael Carter-Williams had another big game for Philadelphia in the loss, scoring 31 points on 13-22 shooting from the field and 4-8 from the free throw line. Spencer Hawes added 11 points and 16 rebounds.

As expected, the 76ers offense did not have its best game, struggling to score against the stingy Wizards defense that ranks fourth in the league with a defensive efficiency of 110.1. They registered just .924 points per possession in this game, and rank 29th in the NBA with an offensive efficiency of 96.7 on the season. The 76ers posted an eFG% of just 44.3%, including 22.2% from 3-point range. This year, they are 1-10 when they record marks below 45% and 30% in those respective categories. On the other hand, the Wizards are 2-1 when holding their opponents to such low percentages.

Philadelphia (13-28) has now dropped their last three in a row.

Coming up next, the Wizards square off against the Boston Celtics, who are 14-28 on the year. The 76ers match up with the New York Knicks, currently 15-26 this season. The Wizards have a 1-0 record against Boston this season. The 76ers have a 0-1 record against New York this season.

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