PHILADELPHIA -- The only real intrigue is could the Wizards top the 129 points they scored against the Sixers in the preseason opener. They were one point shy of the century mark after three quarters Friday at Wells Fargo Center, but the offense fizzled as they had to hold off a late run.
Rookie Kelly Oubre and Marcin Gortat each led the Wizards with 16 points, DeJuan Blair had 15, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter had 13 each, Kris Humphries added 11 and Ramon Sessions had eight. John Wall, who had 10 assists by halftime, finished with six points and 14 assists.
Scottie Wilbekin led all scorers with 21 for Philadelphia. Nerlens Noel had 15 points and Hollis Thompson, a Georgetown product, posted 14.
The Sixers cut the deficit a 34-point deficit to single digits in the last three minutes when the mop-up units for both teams were on the floor.
The Wizards left immediately after the game for Milwaukee, where they'll play the Bucks for the second game of a back-to-back.
- Oubre stayed true to his word, allowing his defense to spark him. He had active hands and disrupted the sets of the Sixers when he entered at the four-minute mark for Porter. Oubre's attempted only four shots but went to the foul line 11 times
- So many of Porter's shots came in the paint because of how he runs the floor and fills the lane. In going 6-for-6 from the field, four of them came at the rim as he moved without the ball. The fast-paced offense really suits him. Porter is 14-for-16 in two games vs. the Sixers.
- This is the best DeJuan Blair has looked since coming to the Wizards. He had 12 points in garbage time in the last six minutes when these teams met in the preseason opener. This time he was the first big off the bench to relieve Gortat. He was 7 of 11 shooting and had so nifty touch passes. He caught a low pass from Ish Smith in traffic to stop a late run, drew the foul and made the free throw.
- The Wizards took eight fewer three-pointers (18) than they did in the Oct. 6 meeting and made just seven (compared to 15) but scored just two fewer points. Why? The ball movement and pushes off made baskets by Philadelphia led to high-percentage looks (57%) and 34 assists on 47 made field goals.
- This game was played in the early going with the focus of a regular-season game for the Wizards. It was the first time they looked this sharp. Wall took a hard charge from Furkan Aldemir in the first half and then slammed to the floor hard from a drive on the next play. Like Beal, he takes more punishment than he should at times. Wouldn't be surprised if both don't play much after the first half Saturday.