WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bradley Beal scored 14 consecutive fourth-quarter points and finished with 34 points to help the Washington Wizards beat the Philadelphia 76ers 123-6 on Wednesday night for a home-and-home division.
Otto Porter Jr. added 23 points, the highest since returning from a quadriceps injury this month, and Trevor Ariza had 17.
Joel Embiid had 35 points and 14 rebounds for the 76ers. They committed 23 turnovers and had a four-game winning streak.
Jimmy Butler added 23 points, and Ben Simmons had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Philadelphia. One night after hitting more than half of his 31 attempts past the arc, Philadelphia fired 8-of-27 from 3-pointers, getting 3 of 20 in the first three quarters.
After Washington's 26-point lead in the third quarter was reduced to 12 in fourth place, Beal overcame Philadelphia by 14-5 and made the score of 116-95 with 4:22 remaining. Beal was 6 of 11 from the 3-point range and 13 from 21 overall from the field.
The Wizards used 9-0 and 18-3 starts in the first half to increase their lead to 20 before the break, then led by 26 after beating the 76ers by 11-0 during a third-quarter period.
A considerable contingent of 76ers fans made their presence known. This included booing the Wizards' performances and singing "E-A-G-L-E-S! EAGLES!"
Washington picked up two technical fouls during a 32 second break at the start of the third. Thomas Bryant got his for hanging on the rim long after a buried, and Jeff Green stayed with the second to argue. Coach Brett Brown also picked up a coach to discuss a call in the second quarter.
76ers: J.J. Redick (back) is out for a second straight game, but Brown does not expect his absence to last long. "We're in hyper-sensitive mode with J.J," Brown said of his most productive 3-point shooter. "He's so important."
Wizards: It took 25-20 after the first quarter, despite having committed seven turnovers. … Porter Jr. toyed with a sore right hand after hurting him Tuesday night in Philadelphia.
76ers: Host Atlanta on Friday night.
Wizards: Milwaukee host Friday night.