Young's three late in OT sends Wizards past SixersNov 24, 2010 - 5:44 AM Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Nick Young drained a go-ahead three-pointer in the closing seconds of overtime to give the Washington Wizards a dramatic 116-114 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
John Wall, hampered by a left foot injury that caused him to miss the previous four games, scored all 25 of his points in the third and fourth quarters, none bigger than the three free throws he made with 3.5 seconds left in regulation.
Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, drew the critical foul 35 feet from the basket after Evan Turner, selected immediately after Wall, missed two free throws with eight seconds on the clock.
JaVale McGee was all over the floor, ending with 24 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for the Wizards, who have alternated wins and losses over their past six games.
"JaVale is playing like an All-Star. He's playing great," Wizards head coach Flip Saunders said. "When he plays within his role and not outside it, he becomes so much more effective."
Philadelphia's Elton Brand finished with 19 points and seven rebounds but was ejected late in the fourth quarter after a two-handed shove of McGee as the Wizards' center was going up for a dunk.
The foul came during a 10-0 run that helped the Wizards erase a 15-point fourth quarter deficit.
Turner sank two free throws to give the Sixers a 106-103 lead with 11.8 seconds to play in regulation. The Sixers were then on the brink of back-to- back wins for the first time this season when Young's three-point try glanced off the left side of the rim.
The Wizards sent Turner to the line, and the rookie bricked both freebies, leading to an eerily similar scenario when these teams last met up.
On November 2, the Sixers led by three with time winding down and opted not to foul. Cartier Martin proceeded to drain a contested trifecta at the buzzer to send the game to OT, where the Wizards pulled out the win.
This time around, the Sixers fouled in the closing seconds, but it came as Wall surprised the defense by pulling up from just past midcourt. Jrue Holiday, trying to foul before the act of shooting, did so as Wall was at the peak of his release, leading to a shooting foul and three free throws that Wall calmly sank with 3.5 seconds left.
With no timeouts remaining, Turner was forced into a running three that hit all backboard, and five more minutes were needed to determine the winner.
It went back-and-forth in the extra session, with Andray Blatche's baseline jumper giving Washington a 113-112 lead with 24.9 seconds to go.
Andre Iguodala, who sat out five of the previous seven games with an Achilles injury, missed a driving layup at the other end, but Thaddeus Young was right there for the putback with 14.6 showing.
Coming out of a timeout, Nick Young sprinted to the right corner, took a quick pass from Gilbert Arenas and drilled the eventual game-winner with Turner's hand in his face with 7.6 seconds on the clock.
Iguodala's up-and-under from the left elbow rimmed out, and the rebound bounced around as the buzzer sounded, sending the Sixers to another crushing defeat.
"It seems like we're getting our heart broken all these games," Sixers head coach Doug Collins said. "I don't feel it for me. I feel it for [my team]."
Philly controlled the game throughout, leading 30-20 after the first quarter and 52-38 at the break.
The visitors survived two runs from Washington in the third, and an Andres Nocioni three-pointer at the end of the frame provided a 77-73 cushion.
The visitors had momentum on their side after scoring 13 of the first 15 point in the final stanza, with Thaddeus Young's slam resulting in a 90-75 lead with nine minutes remaining.
At the 3:32 mark, things changed on Brand's flagrant foul.
Iguodala finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Sixers, who received 16 points from Marreese Speights and 15 from Thaddeus Young...Turner and Nocioni added 11 points apiece in the loss...Nick Young ended with 19 points, while Blatche and Arenas each netted 17 in the win.
- PHILADELPHIA: 114
Final - OT
Nov 23 10:02 PM
- PHILADELPHIA: 77
End of Regulation
Nov 23 8:56 PM
- PHILADELPHIA: 52
Nov 23 8:09 PM
- PHILADELPHIA: 30
Nov 23 7:39 PM
- PHILADELPHIA: 0
1st Quarter - 15:00
Nov 23 7:13 PM
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