PHILADELPHIA -- Point guard John Wall sank a career-high five 3-pointers and scored 24 points Wednesday night as the hot-shooting Washington Wizards beat the Philadelphia 76ers 116-102 to earn their first victory of the season.
Center Marcin Gortat added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Wizards (1-3), who made a season-high 18 3-pointers in 33 attempts. Wall, who also handed out nine assists, went 5-for-8 from the arc.
Guard Bradley Beal also scored 17 points for Washington, and guard/forward Trevor Ariza had 15.
Guard/forward Evan Turner scored 24 points to top the Sixers (3-2), who dropped their second straight. Center Spencer Hawes collected 23 points and 13 rebounds, and guard Michael Carter-Williams scored 19 points.
The Wizards led wire to wire, and steadily pulled away after the Sixers sliced Washington's nine-point halftime advantage to four, at 71-67, on a basket by Spencer Hawes midway through the third quarter.
By the end of the period, Washington was up 89-76, as Wall scored 12 points in the quarter, including three 3-pointers.
Gortat notched eight points as Washington moved to a 31-16 lead early in the game, but the Sixers outscored the Wizards 24-12 over the next 11 minutes to creep within three, at 43-40, with 6:54 left in the first half. Guard/forward James Anderson scored 10 of his points in that stretch.
By halftime Washington had stretched its advantage to 60-51. Beal had 13 points in the first half, Ariza added 12 and Gortat had 10.
Hawes paced the Sixers with 12 points in half.
NOTES: The 76ers began the night averaging 19 turnovers a game, sixth most in the league, but coach Brett Brown is not terribly concerned. "I want to empower our guys," he said. "There will be stages in the not-too-distant future that you have to play -- 'conservative' is probably not the word -- but with a far more responsible way to see possession per possession how important it is, as you start to get into real type of basketball. I think at this stage for me, I'm happy to let young guys run and live with some mistakes." ... F/C Nene returned to the Wizards' lineup after missing the two previous games with a strained left calf. ... Washington G Bradley Beal scored 19 points in Washington's previous game, a loss to the Miami Heat, which heartened coach Randy Wittman. "Bradley just needs to keep his swagger, make or miss, and do other things. Sometimes when his shot's not going, he takes a back seat. That's what we're trying to get him to understand: Don't take a back seat."