Sixers snap losing streak with win over WizardsFeb 26, 2009 - 5:41 AM WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Andre Iguodala scored 22 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 106-98 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.
Philadelphia, which had six players score in double figures, held a 56-53 lead at the break and took control by outscoring Washington, 26-14, in the third quarter.
Andre Miller scored 17 points and Louis Williams added 16 off the bench for the 76ers, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
"I think it was good just to get a win and just get back on track and try to get back on pace," Iguodala said.
"That was an important game for us just to get back on track," Philadelphia coach Tony DiLeo said. "I thought overall we did a pretty good job. We wanted to try to contain Jamison and Butler and we did a pretty good job on those two guys. We just needed a win just to have a win."
Caron Butler scored 17 points for the Wizards, but he only had four in the second half.
Iguodala added 11 assists and nine rebounds and Samuel Dalembert finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds to help the 76ers move back to .500 (28-28) and sweep the four-game season series from the Wizards.
"I felt it in the first quarter that I was coming together," Iguodala said. "I just told myself to just continue to play and try to make plays for everybody. It's never really hitting shots, it's just getting a good rhythm, being in the mix and getting a lot of touches with the ball, getting rebounds and pushing it out."
Antawn Jamison scored 16 points and Dominic McGuire added 14 and 14 rebounds for the Wizards, who committed nine of their 21 turnovers in the decisive third quarter.
Philadelphia seized command in the third with a 12-0 run. Iguodala capped the spurt with a long 3-pointer that beat the buzzer to end the quarter.
"The 76ers play at a fast pace and they always like to get you on your heels," Jamison said. "Their defense caused a lot of layups and that was the biggest difference towards the middle of the third quarter and going into the fourth quarter. Other than that, it was a pretty squared up basketball game."
The Wizards got off to a fast start, taking an 11-3 lead and they were up 29-26 after the opening quarter. But Williams scored nine points in the second quarter as the 76ers took a three-point lead into the half and then pulled away thereafter.
"Our lesson has to be execution and hard work. The first half and the first quarter in particular were pretty good. We had control. We had order," Wizards interim coach Ed Tapscott said. "We had some discipline to us and then the 76ers started getting into us. From that point on, until the last six or seven desperate minutes, they outworked us. That's the lesson we're going to have to learn."
WASHINGTON 98 FINAL
Feb 25 9:26 PM
WASHINGTON 67 END, 3RD QTR
Feb 25 8:50 PM
WASHINGTON 53 HALFTIME
Feb 25 8:10 PM
WASHINGTON 29 END, 1ST QTR
Feb 25 7:37 PM
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