Washington, DC - The Washington Wizards were unable to rebound off of their season opening loss to the Detroit Pistons and fell to the Philadelphia 76ers this evening 109-102. Philadelphia was highly unexpected to compete this season and were thought to be tanking for the number one overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and the rights to Andrew Wiggins, but that does not appear to be the case. Washington is considered to be a darkhorse playoff contender, but hasn’t looked too good through the first two games.
John Wall played a great game for the Wizards, especially early on in the game. He scored 26 points and recorded five rebounds, six assists, and three steals in the loss. If Washington is going to live up to their potential, they are going to need Wall to play consistent each and every half. Martell Webster (13), Marcin Gortat (12), Trevor Ariza (12), Trevor Booker (10), and Bradley Beal (10) all scored in double figures for the Wizards this evening. Ariza also recorded a double-double by grabbing 14 rebounds on the night.
Thaddeus Young put up a big game for the 76ers by scoring 29 points on 14-20 shooting from the field. He showed his complete arsenal with post moves and a good mid-range game as well. Evan Turner played his second good game in a row, scoring 23 points and registering six rebounds, four assists, and two steals as well. Spencer Hawes put together yet another double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Michael Carter-Williams (14), Lavoy Allen (10), and Tony Wroten (10) were the other three double digit scorers for the 76ers in the win tonight.
Philadelphia is surprising a lot of people with their play in the first two games of the season. While we can’t draw too much out of two games, it’s obvious that they’re a better basketball team than many expected to see. As for the Wizards, they are off to a very disappointing start. John Wall has looked good, but he was inconsistent in the second half tonight. They will figure things out, but there are obvious holes in Washington right now.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.