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John Wall scores 28 points, Wizards hold on to beat 76ers

WASHINGTON (AP) Bradley Beal threw the best lob of his life to John Wall, and the Washington star finished the alley-oop that the longtime teammates are accustomed to making.

The experienced Wizards made the plays to beat the young Philadelphia 76ers 120-115 on Wednesday night in the season opener for each team. The NBA debuts of Sixers top picks Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz took a back seat to Wall and Beal getting the job done despite not having their best shooting performances.

Wall scored 28 points on 10-of-28 shooting and had eight assists, and his 15-second stretch in the fourth quarter with a layup, block and pass to Marcin Gortat for a dunk showed what he could do in crucial moments.

''When John was making some of those dunks, I was telling our coaches, `I cannot believe he just did that,''' Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. ''Those are things that point guards don't do, and he just does it so easy.''

This wasn't an easy victory for the Wizards, who survived in the final minute when Philadelphia turned the ball over twice and J.J. Redick missed a 3-pointer. And although Brooks and his players were happy to win, the Sixers earned plenty of respect from a team that was one victory away from the Eastern Conference final.

''No matter if they're a young team or not, those are games you kind of want to take away from them and don't give them any confidence, but they gave us a great test,'' Wall said.

Sixers forward Robert Covington had 29 points.

Simmons, the 2016 No. 1 pick who missed all last season with a foot injury, had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Fultz, the 2017 No. 1 pick, came off the bench to score 10 points.

Sixers coach Brett Brown called Simmons' first regular-seasn game ''really, really exceptional'' and was impressed with how Fultz played after shoulder and knee injuries limited him in the preseason. Losing close to the Wizards was a welcome to the NBA moment for the rookies.

''To make that effort against this team - probably one of the top three teams in the conference - it's tough,'' said Fultz, who is from nearby Upper Marlboro, Maryland. ''I thought we did well in our first game, and we have to learn from it.''

TIP-INS

76ers: Jerryd Bayless started in place of Fultz and had 13 points. ... Fans chanted ''Trust the Process'' several times during the game, drawing the ire of the home crowd.

Wizards: Beal finished with 25 points. ... Jason Smith, starting at power forward with Markieff Morris out roughly the first month after sports hernia surgery, played just 7:04 before leaving with a sprained right shoulder. Brooks expects to know more Thursday. ... Kelly Oubre Jr. had 14 points in replacing Smith. ... Opened at home for the first time since 2011 and for the first time in an 82-game season since 2008.

WHAT MINUTES RESTRICTION?

So much for the idea that Sixers center Joel Embiid was on a strict minutes restriction. After Brown said Embiid would play somewhere in the 15 to 20-minute range, his final total was 26:57 with 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Embiid was surprised he played that much.

''We got to stop calling that `minute restrictions,''' Embiid said. ''I think the plan is to just get out there, play, see how I feel. There's going to be some games I'm going to be sore and I'm going to be tired.''

GORTAT'S DEDICATION

Gortat, who scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed 17 rebounds, wore ''AW'' on his shoes to honor late Polish basketball player Alex Wojcik, who died of leukemia at age 47 over the summer.

RED-HOT COVINGTON

Taking advantage of some matchup problems presented by injuries and smaller lineups, Covington shot 7 of 11 from 3 to finish one point off his career high.

''My teammates found me in the open position and I was able to knock them down,'' Covington said.

UP NEXT

76ers: Host the Boston Celtics on Friday in their home opener.

Wizards: Host the Detroit Pistons on Friday before beginning a four-game Western Conference trip.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Bad pass turnover on Jerryd Bayless 0:01
+ 1 Bradley Beal made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:02
+ 1 Bradley Beal made 1st of 2 free throws 0:02
  Personal foul on Ben Simmons 0:02
+ 2 Robert Covington made dunk 0:02
  Offensive rebound by Robert Covington 0:02
  Joel Embiid missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:05
+ 1 Marcin Gortat made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:10
+ 1 Marcin Gortat made 1st of 2 free throws 0:10
  Personal foul on Joel Embiid 0:10
  Defensive rebound by Kelly Oubre 0:15
Team Stats
Points 115 120
Field Goals 43-94 (45.7%) 42-97 (43.3%)
3-Pointers 15-35 (42.9%) 6-22 (27.3%)
Free Throws 14-19 (73.7%) 30-38 (78.9%)
Total Rebounds 57 62
Offensive 11 16
Defensive 37 36
Team 9 10
Assists 25 21
Steals 6 8
Blocks 6 10
Turnovers 17 9
Fouls 28 20
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 10 REB, 5 AST
28 PTS, 5 REB, 8 AST
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away team logo 76ers 0-1 23362333115
home team logo Wizards 1-0 32243430120
Team Stats
away team logo 76ers 0-1 113.2 PPG 48.8 RPG 26.1 APG
home team logo Wizards 1-0 110.9 PPG 41 RPG 22.6 APG
Key Players
R. Covington F PPG RPG APG FG%
J. Wall G 20.9 PPG 3.3 RPG 7.9 APG 45.1 FG%
Top Scorers
R. Covington F 29 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
J. Wall G 28 PTS 5 REB 8 AST
45.7 FG% 43.3
42.9 3PT FG% 27.3
73.7 FT% 78.9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Covington 29 29 7 1 1 2 5 4 9/15 7/11 4/4 2 5 36 +10
J. Embiid 26 18 13 3 0 1 4 2 7/15 0/4 4/4 1 12 34 +1
B. Simmons 34 18 10 5 2 1 1 3 7/15 0/0 4/6 3 7 40 +3
J. Bayless 27 13 3 3 1 0 2 4 5/10 3/7 0/0 0 3 21 +11
J. Redick 32 12 2 4 1 0 2 4 4/10 4/8 0/0 0 2 21 +17
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Covington 29 29 7 1 1 2 5 4 9/15 7/11 4/4 2 5 36 +10
J. Embiid 26 18 13 3 0 1 4 2 7/15 0/4 4/4 1 12 34 +1
B. Simmons 34 18 10 5 2 1 1 3 7/15 0/0 4/6 3 7 40 +3
J. Bayless 27 13 3 3 1 0 2 4 5/10 3/7 0/0 0 3 21 +11
J. Redick 32 12 2 4 1 0 2 4 4/10 4/8 0/0 0 2 21 +17
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Fultz 17 10 3 1 0 1 0 0 5/9 0/0 0/2 2 1 16 -18
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 18 5 2 2 1 0 0 2 2/6 1/3 0/0 1 1 12 -19
A. Johnson 15 5 5 1 0 0 1 6 2/7 0/0 1/2 1 4 11 -7
D. Saric 22 3 3 2 0 1 0 3 1/5 0/2 1/1 1 2 11 -9
T. McConnell 14 2 0 3 0 0 2 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 6 -14
J. Pullen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Holmes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Stauskas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McAdoo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Okafor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Korkmaz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 115 48 25 6 6 17 28 43/94 15/35 14/19 11 37 208 -25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Wall 37 28 5 8 0 2 2 2 10/28 0/3 8/9 2 3 49 +19
B. Beal 35 25 6 4 3 1 2 2 6/17 1/4 12/16 2 4 41 +12
M. Gortat 34 16 17 1 0 3 1 3 7/12 0/0 2/3 5 12 37 +16
O. Porter 33 10 8 0 3 1 0 3 5/11 0/3 0/0 2 6 22 +14
J. Smith 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 0 1 +4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Wall 37 28 5 8 0 2 2 2 10/28 0/3 8/9 2 3 49 +19
B. Beal 35 25 6 4 3 1 2 2 6/17 1/4 12/16 2 4 41 +12
M. Gortat 34 16 17 1 0 3 1 3 7/12 0/0 2/3 5 12 37 +16
O. Porter 33 10 8 0 3 1 0 3 5/11 0/3 0/0 2 6 22 +14
J. Smith 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 0 1 +4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Meeks 19 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 3/8 1/2 7/7 0 1 15 -4
K. Oubre 32 14 8 2 2 2 0 2 5/10 3/6 1/3 2 6 30 -4
M. Scott 14 7 2 0 0 0 1 0 3/6 1/3 0/0 0 2 8 -9
I. Mahinmi 13 6 4 1 0 1 1 4 3/3 0/0 0/0 2 2 12 -11
T. Frazier 12 0 0 5 0 0 2 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 8 -12
M. Morris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Satoransky - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Felix - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. McCullough - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Mac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 120 52 21 8 10 9 20 42/97 6/22 30/38 16 36 223 +25