Wizards whip Sixers, 111-76

WASHINGTON - The 76ers might want to ask the NBA to stop pairing them against the Washington Wizards on Martin Luther King's Birthday.

They were defeated by the Wizards at the Verizon Center on the day honoring the civil rights leader for the second straight year. This time, the final score was 111-76 in front of 19,040.

The Sixers dropped to 8-33. It was their fourth consecutive setback to the Wizards since defeating them on Nov. 1, 2013.

Washington (29-13) has won two straight games and seven of the last nine.

"There were times when I looked out on the floor and saw a bunch of men," Sixers coach Brett Brown said of the Eastern Conference's second-place Wizards. "You saw a physical, big, playoff, hardworking team. They are strong at each position, and they are physical at each position."

Brown said he noticed the difference in the teams' maturity. "It was one of those games where you really stepped back and thought, 'We really have a young team,' " Browns aid.

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All five Wizards starters - who sat out the final quarter - scored in double figures.

Marcin Gortat had a game-high 20 points to go with eight rebounds. John Wall had 11 points and 10 assists for his 22d double-double of the season.

Henry Sims, who started in place of sidelined power forward Luc Mbah a Moute (left knee contusion), led the Sixers with 13 points. Nerlens Noel scored nine of his 11 points before intermission. He basically turned into a bystander, missing both of his shots in the second half.

The rookie center said he didn't think his play caused him to score just two points after halftime. Noel said he and a lot of the Sixers' big men kept their energy all game.

"But we have to be able to reward them," Noel said. "We have to move the ball. I think we were stagnant. Sustaining energy that long isn't an easy thing, especially when you're not getting big guys the ball."

Perhaps that was one of the problems.

Michael Carter-Williams' struggles were another problem. The point guard, who was last season's rookie of the year, had seven points on 2-for-13 shooting. Carter-Williams also had five assists, one rebound, two steals and four turnovers.

It didn't take long to realize the Sixers were in for a tough afternoon. The squad was losing by more points than it scored for most of the second quarter.

The Sixers did pull within 16 points (71-55) on Jerami Grant's three-pointer with 3:01 left in the third quarter. But Washington responded with a 14-0 run to take an 85-55 lead with 40.1 seconds remaining in the period.

This was sort of a homecoming for Sims and reserves Grant (12 points) and Hollis Thompson (nine).

Grant attended DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md. Sims and Thompson both played at Georgetown. Sims is also from Baltimore.

The Sixers were without Tony Wroten for the fourth consecutive game because of what is being diagnosed as a sprained right knee. This is the third time this season the backup point guard has been sidelined with the injury.

Brown said Wroten might be dealing with more than a sprain. He didn't have an update on Monday.

"The test and stuff like that is still moving around," Brown said. "We do think possibly in 24 hours we can give way more information than we're able to now."


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