• My Scores
  • NCAA FB
  • NHL
  • MLB
  • NFL
  • NBA
  • Golf

Washington at Philadelphia

76ers 92, Wizards 84

CBSSports.com wire reports
  •  

PHILADELPHIA -- A "DNP" next to his name was all the motivation Nick Young needed to step up his game.

Young scored 18 points in his first game against his old team, Jrue Holiday had 21 and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Washington Wizards 92-84 on Wednesday night.

Thaddeus Young and Lavoy Allen each added 14 points to help the Sixers win for only the fourth time in 13 games and seventh in 24.

More on Wizards-76ers
Related links
Video
More NBA coverage

Emeka Okafor had 15 points and 17 rebounds, Nene scored 16 and Martell Webster got 15 for Washington.

Young was benched by coach Doug Collins on Jan. 12 against Houston. But he not only got back on the floor, he entered the starting lineup because of a knee injury to Jason Richardson.

Doesn't look like "Swaggy P" is going to sit anytime soon.

"That DNP, it hurt," Young said. "Sitting on the sideline, I don't want to get back to that. I'm starting to buy into what the coaches are talking about."

Collins has been preaching an all-around game to Young since the Sixers signed him as a free agent.

"He has really listened as we've tried to teach," Collins said. "He's focused. I told him when he came here: `My goal is to make you a polished player, not Swaggy P the act, but a player. He has talent. I knew if he focused, he could be a terrific player. He's earned the respect of his teammates and coaches."

The Wizards dropped to 6-5 since John Wall returned from a knee injury. They were 5-28 without him and entered with the second-worst record in the NBA. Wall had nine points on 3-for-12 shooting.

"You are going to have nights like this," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "Their defense played real good. But you still have to get shot attempts. We had some crucial turnovers. We battled, we kept in it."

The Sixers are three games into an eight-game homestand and need to use the home-court advantage to make up some ground in the playoff race. They entered three games behind Boston for the final spot in the East. The Celtics just lost All-Star Rajon Rondo for the season with a knee injury.

Young seemed to enjoy making some big shots. Young spent his first 4½ seasons in Washington before going to the Los Angeles Clippers in a trade last March. He signed a free-agent deal with Philadelphia in the offseason.

"It's a great feeling, especially when you win," Young said.

After the Wizards pulled to 50-48 in the third quarter, Young took over. He nailed consecutive 3-pointers and Allen hit a short jumper, extending the lead to 67-53.

Dorell Wright, seeing his first action in three games, gave the Sixers their biggest lead, 82-67, with a long 3-pointer early in the fourth. Spencer Hawes hit another 3, Holiday scored on a driving layup and Philadelphia withstood a late push.

The Wizards got to 89-84 with 1:40 left on Okafor's dunk. But Holiday made a free throw and then the All-Star iced it with a jumper.

The Sixers are hoping to make a push as they inch closer to getting Andrew Bynum in the lineup for the first time this season. The 7-foot center is expected to make his season and Philadelphia debut after the All-Star break. Bynum, the former Lakers All-Star, has been sidelined by bone bruises in his knees.

"We're only as good as our big men," Collins said.

The Wizards were up 28-25 going into the second quarter, but then got cold. They missed 10 of their first 11 shots in the quarter and had just five points through the first nine minutes.

Philadelphia used a 9-1 run to go up for good. Allen got it started with his second straight 17-footer and capped it with a short jumper for a 40-33 lead.

Allen's playing time had been reduced recently and he scored a total of nine points during the previous four games. Allen made his first six shots and finished 7 for 10 from the floor.

Turner beat the buzzer with a pull-up shot to send the Sixers into halftime up 48-39.

Notes

Wizards rookie guard Bradley Beal didn't play because of a sprained right wrist. ... Sixers guard Jason Richardson is headed to Colorado for a second opinion on his injured left knee. He has missed five consecutive games. ... Reserve Damien Wilkins wasn't with Philadelphia because of personal reasons. ... Collins coached the Wizards from 2001-03. ... Wizards have lost five straight in Philadelphia.

Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Scoreboard
Washington (11-33)2811242184
Philadelphia (19-26) «2523251992
WAS:Nene 16 Pts
WAS:E. Okafor 17 Reb
WAS:J. Wall 6 Ast
PHI:J. Holiday 21 Pts
PHI:S. Hawes 11 Reb
PHI:J. Holiday 6 Ast
Players of the Game
WashingtonPhiladelphia

Emeka Okafor

Jrue Holiday
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
151722136
Washington
Nene, C375-106-682216
E. Okafor, C367-151-2172315
J. Wall, PG323-123-55619
M. Webster, SG314-134-420215
G. Temple, SG201-20-02322
T. Ariza, SG284-71-251112
J. Crawford, SG171-50-01113
K. Seraphin, PF174-80-02228
A. Price, PG161-30-02512
J. Vesely, SF60-02-22002
C. Singleton, SFDid Not Play
C. Martin, PFDid Not Play
T. Booker, PFDid Not Play
B. Beal, SGDid Not Play
Totals 30-7517-2146221584
 40.0%81.0% 
Philadelphia
J. Holiday, PG4110-221-236221
S. Hawes, C384-133-4114112
E. Turner, SF373-110-04306
N. Young, SG367-171-244318
T. Young, SF346-151-282314
L. Allen, PF227-100-060514
R. Ivey, PG160-10-00330
D. Wright, SG163-60-07507
K. Brown, CDid Not Play
J. Richardson, SGDid Not Play
D. Wilkins, SGDid Not Play
A. Bynum, CDid Not Play
S. Mack, PGDid Not Play
A. Moultrie, PFDid Not Play
Totals 40-956-1043271792
 42.1%60.0% 
Other Games
Det 79 Final
Ind 98
Tor 92 Final
Atl 93
Sac 81 Final
Bos 99
Orl 97 Final
NY 113
Chi 104 Final
Mil 88
LAC 96 Final
Min 90
Mia 105 Final
Brook 85
Char 78 Final
SA 102
Hou 110 Final
Den 118
NO 99 Final
Utah 104
LAL 86 Final
Pho 92