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03/03/2013 10:48 PM EST
Wall rallies Wizards past 76ers after Beal injury
WASHINGTON 90, PHILADELPHIA 87
WASHINGTON (AP) -- John Wall has longed for the opportunity he
received Sunday night, though likely not in the way he got it.
Wall scored the game's final six points after teammate Bradley
Beal left the court with sprained ankle, leading the Washington
Wizards to a 90-87 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
"I've proven myself in college," Wall said. "I just have to keep
proving myself. I like the ball at the end of games. On those
types of plays, you want to be the hero, you want to have the
pressure. Sometimes, you're going to succeed. Sometimes, you're
going to fail. As long as you have confidence and believe in
your ability, you're going to be all right."
Beal went down with 2:08 left in the fourth quarter. After being
attended to by a trainer, Beal was carried off the court and
through the tunnel by two teammates, keeping weight completely
off both his legs. Beal later said he didn't consider the injury
serious and watched the game's conclusion from the training
Wall scored the next four points to give the Wizards an 88-87
lead, blocked Evan Turner's shot with 53 seconds left and added
a jumper with 4.4 seconds left.
Wall finished with 16 points and six assists as the Wizards
snapped a two-game losing streak and avoided their longest skid
in the last month.
"I'm sure there probably was a burst of thought of, `Somebody's
got to step up now,"' Wittman said of Wall. "He wants to win as
bad as anybody. When he's not playing the way he's capable of,
he gets frustrated a little bit. But I thought the last couple
games, he's calmed down and fought through."
Dorell Wright scored 15 points to lead the 76ers, who have lost
eight of their last nine.
After the game, Beal, using crutches, passed Philadelphia coach
Doug Collins' news conference. Earlier in the media session,
Collins referred to Beal as `Jeremy.'
"Just one second," Collins told reporters before addressing
Beal. "Hey, Jeremy. I mean Bradley. Bradley. I hope you're OK,
man. Sorry. OK? You're a hell of a player, man."
Collins turned back to the reporters.
"There is a Jeremy Beal, isn't there?" Collins said. "That has
to be. If not, that's his new nickname. No, I shouldn't be
making fun at this period of time. We should all pray for that
young kid. . He's a tremendous player."
Beal said an X-ray revealed no serious damage and that the next
significant test of his ankle would come Monday morning.
"I honestly thought it was more serious than what it was,
because at first, I really couldn't move my foot," Beal said. "I
couldn't really feel it. I guess that's just what happens when
you're in shock, and your mind's just going all over the place."
Philadelphia held Washington scoreless from 7:56 left in the
fourth until 2:34 remained. Between Nene's baskets, the 76ers
went on an 11-0 run to take an 85-82 lead.
Martell Webster, who converted a four-point play on the Wizards'
first possession of the game, also scored 16 points. Emeka
Okafor had 12 points and 16 rebounds.
Beal added 14 points and Nene had 15 points and nine rebounds in
his return after missing Washington's last two games due to a
sore right shoulder.
Spencer Hawes had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Evan Turner
added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the 76ers. Jrue Holiday had
14 points and six assists and Thaddeus Young also scored 14
A.J. Price (bruised right thigh) also returned after missing
Washington's last game. He scored two points on 1-of-7 shooting
in 17 minutes.
For the second straight game, Royal Ivey replaced injured Nick
Young (left ankle sprain) in the starting lineup and finished
with four points and four rebounds in 24 minutes.
NOTES: Collins, the No. 1 pick in the 1973 NBA Draft, addressed
the pressure faced by top picks, including Wall (2010). "As the
years have gone on, it's even harder," Collins said. "When I got
drafted, I got a phone call. `You're drafted.' Everything is so
much more magnified. There's so many more people writing.
There's so many more people talking. There's so many more people
comparing. Any time you add all that to the mix, it adds to
that. Also, these guys come in - nobody had ever seen me play
other than maybe the Olympics - we know all about these guys now
even in eighth grades and freshmen in high school, so there is
no unknown factor." ... Collins said he's trying to coax his
players to be more vocal and cited a recent Los Angeles Clippers
game. "I said, `I watched the tape and Chris Paul took his
mouthpiece out 1,022 times,"' Collins said. "Obviously, I was
just making that up. But it was like constantly that he was
taking it out to talk. He's blowing up every one of your plays.
... It's almost like it puts another man out on the floor."
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