Sixers-Wizards observations and 'best' and 'worst': Joel Embiid's 31st double-double, poor shooting, horrid team play

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Joel Embiid shoots as Wizards guard Tim Frazier (8) watches during the first half.

WASHINGTON — Here are my key takeaways and “best” and “worst” awards from the 76ers’ 109-94 setback against the Washington Wizards on Sunday night at the Capital One Arena

Five observations

— The Sixers looked nothing like the team that came in with a seven-game winning streak and prides itself on defense. The Wizards scored at will en route to shooting 54.4 percent overall and 48 percent on threes.

Joel Embiid had another solid game with 25 points and 10 rebounds — the 23rd time this season he has had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. It was also his 31st double-double of the season.


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—  It appears that competing against more athletic players continues to bring out the worst in Dario Saric. Like most of his teammates, he had a tough time defending and shot the ball poorly (3 for 14) through three quarters.

The Sixers will need better production from JJ Redick and Robert Covington if they expect to beat the Miami Heat on Tuesday at American Airlines Arena. Redick had six points on 2-for-10 shooting and graded out at minus-21. Covington had nine points on 2-for-7 shooting. He finished at minus-13.

Marco Belinelli has been inconsistent in his four games as a Sixer. He’s had two games in which he looks like the three-point specialist they coveted for the second unit. He also has had two games in which he has struggled to make shots. Sunday was one of the latter. Belinelli missed seven of his 10 shots en route to finishing with 10 points. He was 2 for 7 on three-pointers.

‘Best’ and ‘worst’ awards

— Best performance: This goes to Kelly Oubre Jr. The Wizards reserve guard set the tone early, scoring 16 of his 19 points in the first half. For the game, Oubre Jr. made 4 of 7 three-pointers. He was also stellar on defense.

— Worst performance: I had to give this to Redick, who also finished with three turnovers.

— Best defensive performanceOubre Jr. also had a game-high three blocked shots in addition to one steal.

— Worst statistic: This goes to the Sixers’ shooting 31 for 86 (36 percent) from the field.

— Best statistic: I gave this to the Wizards’ shooting 54.4 percent from the floor.

— Worst of the worst: The Sixers’ overall performance. Embiid, Ben Simmons and Richaun Holmes were the only ones with solid performances. And Holmes didn’t see action until the third quarter.

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