For the second time in this condensed preseason, the Washington Wizards lost to the Philadelphia 76ers in what was their final tuneup before the season tips off this weekend. After losing by 25 on Friday at the Verizon Center, Flip Saunders's team kept it more respectable on Tuesday night, falling 101-94.
After scoring just 78 points on a cold shooting night Friday, the Wizards continued their woes from behind the arc Tuesday but managed a faster pace and a whopping 100 attempts from the floor for 94 points. With the preseason rust evident, Washington was just 35% from the floor and two of 18 from three-point range. Javale McGee led the Wizards with 20 points on 15 attempts from the floor - including a highlight dunk and stare down of Philly rookie Nikola Vucevic.
Just behind McGee with 18 points was Jordan Crawford, who put up 21 shots to get there. John Wall chipped in with 17 points and was able to get into the lane and get to the line - going a perfect seven for seven from the charity stripe.
As opposed to Friday, the Wizards kept this exhibition competitive into the final minute. They will now enjoy the Christmas weekend before tipping off the regular season Monday at Verizon against the New Jersey Nets.