Kristaps Porzingis, Bradley Beal lead Wizards over 76ers

Kristaps Porzingis had 30 points and nine rebounds, Bradley Beal added 29 points and the Wizards took advantage of Joel Embiid’s absence to beat the 76ers 121-111 in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

Kyle Kuzma added 18 points for Washington, which didn’t trail for the final three quarters and was able to match Philadelphia’s smaller guard-heavy lineup with a steady diet of interior offense.

“They had to switch up the style, but they are also good playing this way and playing off a pick and roll,” Porzingis said. “They all can shoot and they are a good team even without him. We made the right adjustments from (Monday night’s 117-96 Philadelphia win) and we came up with the right results.”

Tyrese Maxey scored 32 points for the 76ers. James Harden had 24 and Tobias Harris added 16.

“We just didn’t get timely stops,” Maxey said. “They got some easy looks. We got the game close in the fourth quarter, but that’s the time when you have to buckle down and get stops and we didn’t get those.”

Embiid missed his third game of the season, sitting out with an illness the team said was not related to COVID-19. Philadelphia head coach Doc Rivers said Embiid has the flu and has not been around the team in recent days to avoid spreading it. Embiid, who has averaged 27.2 points and 9.5 rebounds in six games, missed Monday night’s game in Washington for the same reason.

Washington controlled the inside against Philadelphia’s backups of P.J. Tucker and Paul Reed. The Wizards outscored the 76ers 69-38 in the paint and held a 50-40 edge on the boards. Most of that was because of a confusion against Porzingis, who was able to pop outside and then roll with Beal’s feeds.

“We know how much of a difference maker Joel is, but we were able to take advantage of KP’s length,” Beal said. ”You have to stand there and make a decision. He can stand over you and shoot over you. He can space the floor and then roll. It’s great versatility and he’s an underrated defender. He has a nice overall game. I’m glad he’s putting it together and we’re going to have to continue to feed him.”

Heat 110, Kings 107:
Tyler Herro’s 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left lifted host Miami past Sacramento. Herro had a game-high 26 for the Heat. Kyle Lowry scored 22 and Bam Adebayo added 20 for Miami. Kevin Huerter and Domantas Sabonis each scored 22 for the Kings.

Knicks 112, Hawks 99:
Dejounte Murray scored a career-high 36 points and Atlanta overcame a 23-point deficit to win at Madison Square Garden. Trae Young added 17 points despite missing time in the second half with a left eye contusion. The Knicks’ Jalen Brunson had 20 points.

Bulls 106, Hornets 88:
Javonte Green scored 17 points on 7-for-7 shooting, leading Chicago in a rout of visiting Charlotte. Kelly Oubre Jr. led the Hornets with 24 points.


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