It was a dominating performance from a team that has struggled since trading away two of their best players, with their new acquisition (Nene) playing a big role in their success tonight. Nene scored six points, grabbed five boards and put forth a strong effort against Spencer Hawes.
At the end of the first quarter, the Wizards held a 23-15 advantage after a strong showing on both sides of the ball. Jordan Crawford and John Wall played well together, looking to share the ball rather than showcasing selfish play.
Randy Wittman rotated in ten players in the first half, relying on his second unit to give quality minutes and increase the lead to 35-19 with 8:15 left in the second quarter.
Washington continued to apply the pressure defensively, forcing turnovers and creating points through transition. Cartier Martin, Kevin Seraphin and Roger Mason all made a big impact off the bench, pouring in 24 points. Seraphin exuded energy, collecting two blocks and being active on both ends of the floor.
The Wizards did not let up at any point in the second quarter, outscoring the 76ers 32-21 in the period.
It wasn't all good for Washington in the first half, as Trevor Booker suffered a pulled left fascia. He is questionable to play again this evening.
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