Published January 31, 2013
| Sports Network
Philadelphia, PA – Jrue Holiday scored a game-high 21 points and Nick Young added 18, as the Philadelphia 76ers slipped past the Washington Wizards, 92-84, at Wells Fargo Center.
Thaddeus Young and Lavoy Allen each netted 14 points for the Sixers, who got 12 points and 11 rebounds from Spencer Hawes in improving to 2-1 on a season- long eight-game homestand.
"I think we took our time and we were very patient and very confident," Thaddeus Young said. "I think last game we were a little indecisive, but tonight, with a day in between games, it definitely helps."
The Wizards committed 19 turnovers and lost back-to-back games for the first time since John Wall returned to the lineup on Jan. 12. Wall shot just 3- for-12 from the field in finishing with nine points and six assists, while Nene logged a team-high 16 points in the setback.
Emeka Okafor totaled 15 points and 17 rebounds in a losing effort.
"We gave ourselves a fighting chance. We took ourselves out of the game and we put ourselves in the game," said Wizards forward Martell Webster. "It was nothing they did, I felt that we could have had control of that game to win that game."
The Wizards led, 28-25, at the end of the first quarter, but made just 3-of-16 (19 percent) from the field in an 11-point second stanza. The cold stretch allowed the Sixers to jump in front, with Evan Turner's buzzer-beating jumper yielding a 48-39 cushion.
The deficit dipped to two early in the third before Philadelphia regained control with a 17-5 run. Young, who spent his first four-plus seasons with Washington, drained two 3-pointers during the rally, and a hook shot from Allen gave the hosts a 67-53 advantage.
It was a 73-63 game heading into the fourth and remained in double-digits until the Wizards ripped of eight straight points to pull within 87-79 with under four minutes to play.
Holiday stopped the string with a deep jumper, and the Sixers held on from there.
The Sixers are 17-0 when leading at the start of the fourth quarter ... Wizards rookie guard Bradley Beal was sidelined due to an injured wrist ... Webster scored all 15 of his points in the third quarter ... Okafor has recorded three consecutive double-doubles and pulled down 15 or more rebounds in four of his last five games ... Washington has not won in Philadelphia since Jan. 5, 2010, losing five straight there.