Across sports, there are many reasons why rivalries begin. Some rivalries are derived from frequent “big-game” match-ups or playoff series, and some stem simply from geographical proximity. Using that logic, it wouldn’t be a crime to call the Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards a rivalry; however, this match-up has been all one-sided as of late.
For the third time in less than two weeks, the 76ers (12-5) beat the Wizards (2-15), 103-83. So far, the average margin of victory in these match ups has been a laughable 21.3 points. Luckily for the Wizards, they won’t have to face the 76ers again until the end of March.
Thin in the front court because of injuries to Spencer Hawes and rookie Nikola Vucevic, it would be Elton Brand the 76ers called upon for a big game, and he delivered.
In just over 29 minutes, Brand was able to put in 17 points and was just a rebound shy of his fifth double-double of the season.
Staying true to form, the 76ers featured six players scoring in double figures. Jrue Holiday had 17 points, while Jodie Meeks added 15 as well. Though Thaddeus Young and Lou Williams each scored 14 points off the bench, that has become expected and the real surprise came from rookie big-man Lavoy Allen.
The Temple University product hasn’t had much of a chance to make an impact on the team he grew up rooting for, but made the most of his playing time against the Wizards. Allen went 5-for-5 from the field for 10 points and added six rebounds in just 18 minutes.
Despite 17 points from Jordan Crawford and four other players scoring in double figures, the Wizards seemed lifeless and disinterested in playing the 76ers again. After the first half, the Wizards just had 32 points and were in a 30-point hole. They did not have a single three-point field goal and committed nine turnovers to just 15 assists. To put that in perspective, the 76ers only turned the ball over six times while registering 30 assists, including 11 from Andre Iguodala.
Once again, total domination by the 76ers.
About the Author
Written by Mike Rapine
Graduated last year from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Mathematics with a focus in Statistics. I was a member of their baseball team and overall have a sense of sports from not just the average fan's perspective. Born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where we fall in love with our sports teams each year, despite the preconceptions of a playoff demise ultimately happening. Obviously, any opinions are personal in nature and should be taken as my own.