Sixers aim for home-and-home sweep of Wizards in DC

The Sixers and Wizards will play the back end of a home- home set in the nation's capital on Saturday.

An improved Philadelphia club took the front end easily in the City of Brotherly Love on Friday. Jodie Meeks made six three-pointers and scored 26 in that one as the 76ers moved to 5-0 at home for the first time in nine seasons with a 120-89 rout of Washington.

Meeks missed just one of his 11 shots, a three-point try, and Lou Williams scored 19 points off the bench for the Sixers, who never trailed in the last 3 1/2 quarters and led by as many as 34.

"Jodie was red-hot, white-hot, I don't know what kind of hot," said Sixers head coach Doug Collins. "But he was on fire."

Rashard Lewis scored 16 points off the bench to lead Washington, which has lost two in a row and is an NBA-worst 1-10 on the season. Fellow reserves Kevin Seraphin and Jordan Crawford added 12 points apiece.

The Sixers, in the midst of a stretch where they play 15 of 18 games at home, had a 14-point lead at halftime and stretched it to 34 three times while shooting almost 70 percent from the floor in the third quarter.

"They made a bunch of shots," said Wizards coach Flip Saunders. "I think they made nine straight shots at one point and we didn't make open shots."

Williams and center Spencer Hawes, who returned from a back injury, had eight points apiece in the quarter and the Sixers steadied the ship quickly after Washington cut their lead from 25 to 16 in about two minutes in the fourth quarter.

"We couldn't have been better," said Doug Collins.

They haven't been this good in their own building since the 2002-03 season, when they started 10-0 at home. They are 8-3 overall, their best start since going 10-1 in 2000-01.

Hawes, who missed Philadelphia's 85-79 loss at New York on Wednesday, ended with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand added 13 points apiece and Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner both scored 12.

Philadelphia has now won three straight games against the Wizards after dropping five in a row in the series.