Wizards stave off elimination against top-seeded 76ers

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Wizards stave off elimination against top-seeded 76ers
Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards react to a call during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers during Game Four of the Eastern Conference first round series at Capital One Arena on May 31, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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LOS ANGELES – Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal proved to be too much to handle Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) as the Washington Wizards stayed alive in the NBA playoffs by beating the Philadelphia 76ers, 122-114, in Game Four in Washington.

Westbrook finished with 19 points, 21 rebounds and 14 assists, while Beal delivered a game-high 27 points for the Wizards, who avoided being swept in four straight in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series. 

Beal scored the 1,000th postseason point of his career early in the game, while Westbrook recorded the 12th career triple-double in the playoffs, to move into third place on the all-time list.

"I have never been down 3-0 so I be damned if I get out of here without a win," said Beal.

The Sixers lost four-time all-star Joel Embiid with an injury in the first quarter. Embiid hurt his knee after falling on a drive to the basket, leaving him with just eight points on the night after scoring 36 in a game three victory. 

Philadelphia still holds a 3-1 lead with Game Five on Wednesday at home (Thursday in Manila). 

It is an uphill battle for the eighth-seeded Wizards. While it has happened in the NHL and Major League Baseball, no NBA team has ever rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series.

Rui Hachimura, of Japan, finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Robin Lopez came off the bench to score 16 for the Wizards. Davis Bertans scored 12 of his 15 points in the first quarter.

Tobias Harris recorded 21 points and 13 rebounds for the 76ers, who were bidding for their first sweep of a best-of-seven series since eliminating Milwaukee in 1985.

Hachimura helped the Wizards rediscover their scoring touch on Monday, especially from three-point range. After making just two of 22 threes in game two, and eight of 35 on Saturday, the Wizards hit nine-of-24 on Monday.

Philadelphia led by three, 31-28, at the end of the first and by just one, 61-60, at the half. The Wizards dynamic duo helped them grab the lead in the third and then it was a matter of holding off the Sixers down the stretch.

Hachimura drained a clutch 24-foot 3-pointer with 45 seconds left to make it 118-112 and put the game out of reach. 









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