Wizards 90, 76ers 87

Benjamin Standig, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

WASHINGTON -- John Wall scored 16 points including seven in the final 93 seconds, and Emeka Okafor had 12 points and 16 rebounds as the Washington Wizards snapped a two-game home losing streak with a 90-87 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night.
All five Washington starters scored in double figures including Martell Webster with 16 points. Bradley Beal had 14 points for the Wizards (19-39) before being helped from the court late in the fourth quarter with an apparent ankle injury.
Dorell Wright scored 15 points for the 76ers (23-35) and Jrue Holiday scored seven of his 14 points during a 13-2 fourth quarter rally. The All-Star guard missed 12 of his first 14 field-goal attempts, but his jumper, 3-pointer and two free throws put Philadelphia up 83-82 with 2:50 remaining.
Shortly after Beal left the court, Wall sank a jumper and then hit two free throws, putting Washington back up 88-87 with 1:04 left. After Evan Turner missed a jumper for the 76ers, Webster did the same for the Wizards, but Nene grabbed the offensive rebound. Wall capitalized on the extra possession by draining a long jumper with 4.9 seconds remaining.
Wright made three 3-pointers in the game, but missed a game-tying attempt from the left corner.
Spencer Hawes had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young also had 14 points for the 76ers who have lost eight of nine games.
Wall made 7 of 11 field goals and had six assists with two turnovers. The Wizards point guard had committed at least five turnovers in five of his previous eight games.
Returning to the lineup after missing the previous two games with a sore right shoulder, Nene scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half as Washington led 50-49.
Webster opened the scoring with a four-point play while Wright sank his first three 3-point attempts and had 13 before halftime.
Philadelphia snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 104-97 win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. Now six-and-a-half games behind Milwaukee for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the 76ers are 2-12 in the second game of a back-to-back scenario this season.
Knotted at 57-57 earlier in the third quarter, Beal's 3-pointer started a 13-3 run and gave Washington its largest lead at 70-60 before the crowd of 17,370.
Washington has won 11 of their last 15 home games.
Notes: Sixers guard Nick Young, who spent the first four-and-a-half years of his career with the Wizards missed his second straight game with a left ankle sprain. Young has not played in Washington since the deadline deal last season shipped him to the Los Angeles Clippers. Royal Ivey started in Young's place. ... Wizards guard A.J. Price (quad contusion) returned after sitting out Friday's loss to the Knicks. ... Over his previous five games, Beal averaged 20.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists. ... Washington's Jan Vesely, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2011 draft, played for the first time since Feb. 8. ... The Wizards start a two-game road swing Wednesday against the Timberwolves. ...The 76ers return home for a Tuesday meeting against the Celtics before heading back on the road for a three-game trip.

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