Sixers Vs. Wizards: Washington Rallies To Defeat Philadelphia In OT For Second Time This Season

John Wall hit three free throws to send the game into overtime and Nick Young hit a game-winning three-pointer to give the Wizards their second thrilling win over Philadelphia. JaVale McGee had 24 points and 18 rebounds in the win.

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Sixers Vs. Wizards: Washington Takes Philadelphia In Overtime For Second Time This Season In Comeback 116-114 Victory

The first time that the Washington Wizards faced the Philadelphia 76ers, it was John Wall's home debut that turned into a thrilling 116-115 overtime win. Tuesday night, the Wizards rallied from behind on the one-year anniversary of Abe Pollin's death to once again defeat the Sixers in overtime, 116-114.

JaVale McGee led the Wizards with 24 points and 18 rebounds and Nick Young hit the game-winning three pointer with 7.6 seconds left to lift Washington to their fifth home win and fifth win overall.

Before the game, there was a moment of silence for late owner Abe Pollin, who died last November 24 at the age of 85. It was Philadelphia, however, that  came out energized in the first quarter, leading 30-20 after 12 minutes. The Sixers extended their lead to 52-38 at halftime and all seemed lost for the Wizards. But Washington would not let a somber night get any worse. After going down 61-44 in the third quarter, the Wizards responded with a 29-16 run to get the lead to four entering the fourth.

In a back-and-forth fourth quarter, Jrue Holiday fouled Wall on a three-point shot to send him to the line, where he hit all three free throws to tie the game. Wall finished with 25 points off of the bench in his return from injury.

In overtime, Young hit the game-winning shot to finish with 19 points. Gilbert Arenas and Andray Blatche each scored 17 points and Kirk Hinrich added seven.

Andre Iguodala finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for Philadelphia.


Sixers Vs. Wizards: Washington To Honor Abe Pollin On One-Year Anniversary Of His Death

On Nov. 24, 2009, the Wizards were shaken by some very sad news. Longtime owner Abe Pollin, who was preparing to go see his beloved Wizards take on the Philadelphia 76ers, passed away at the age of 85. That kickstarted an emotional day at the Verizon Center, as the Wizards somehow held on when Louis Williams' wide-open game-winning 3-point attempt fell off the rim. 

Tonight, nearly one year later, the Wizards will once again be playing the Philadelphia 76ers at the Verizon Center. According to Michael Lee of the Washington Post, the team will honor Pollin with a moment of silence during the game. Lee spoke to Abe's son Robert, who admitted this past year has been very hard for the family.

"Just like anybody, losing your father, especially if you have a great guy as a father, that's very hard," Robert Pollin said, "and on top of that, we had to go through the sale of the team -- starting almost immediately after he died, we had to start making preparations, looking into that. So it's been an unusual year. It's been a lot of difficult stuff. We have a lot of close friends that worked at the arena and had to say goodbye to all of that. But people go through much more difficult things and you have to go through it."    

It remains unclear whether John Wall will play. If he cannot go, Gilbert Arenas will once again get the start.

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