Embiid, Sixers top Wizards in another win for delirious Philly

Aaron Bracy (Associated Press) - February 7, 2018 - 12:57pm

PHILADELPHIA — The still-celebrating Philadelphia sports fans gave the 76ers a big boost on Tuesday night (Wednesday Manila time).

Joel Embiid had 27 points and 12 rebounds and Philadelphia led from start to finish in a 115-102 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Dario Saric added 20 points and J.J. Redick had 18 for the 76ers, who snapped Washington's five-game winning streak while playing in front of a raucous crowd still in a tizzy over the Eagles' Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots.

"We knew it was going to be amazing, so we had to come out and play up to the competition," Embiid said.

Bradley Beal scored 30 points for the Wizards, who lost their first game since fellow All-Star John Wall had arthroscopic surgery on his troublesome left knee.

"We had a nice run," Washington coach Scott Brooks said of the winning streak. "We have to try to regroup and come back on Thursday (against Boston)."

It looked like half the crowd was clad in Eagles green, and fans broke out into several loud chants of "E-A-G-L-E-S!" as the party continued 48 hours after Philadelphia won its first Lombardi Trophy.

Fans gave a standing ovation to Eagles offensive linemen Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson, Jason Kelce, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Stefen Wisniewski and Jason Peters when they rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell before tipoff.

The 76ers seemed to feed off the emotion.

Philadelphia took control early, scoring 22 of the first 29 points, and led by as many as 22 in the opening half before settling for a 65-55 halftime lead.

The 76ers pushed the advantage to 19 points on Embiid's 3-pointer that made it 78-59 with just under nine minutes left in the third. Washington again pulled within 10 points, 94-84, at the end of the period.

But Embiid's outside shooting gave Philadelphia breathing room again when his 3-pointer from the top of the key made it 100-84 with 10:16 left.

The Wizards managed to get within single digits in the final five minutes, but they never seriously threatened.

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