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November 3, 2010 | By Kate Fagan, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - You can call them unlucky, you can call them cursed, or you can call them snake-bitten. You can blame supernatural happenings - such as a reserve hitting a three-pointer to force overtime - but there was also plenty of concrete evidence why the 76ers lost, 116-115, in overtime to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night at the Verizon Center. The most compelling evidence comes in the form of the Wizards' 6-foot-4 rookie point guard, John Wall, who finished the game with 29 points, 13 assists, and 9 steals.
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November 2, 2010 | By BOB COONEY, cooneyb@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - Donovan McNabb was benched in the final minutes of his team's game because his coach basically said a lifetime backup had a better chance of winning the game than McNabb, a 12-year pro with six Pro Bowl appearances. That, folks, is not even close to being the hot topic of sports discussion in the nation's capital, however. Donovan, you're not in Philly anymore. All the hype - and it is blatantly evident as you walk the historic downtown streets amid No. 2 Wizard jerseys - is John Wall.
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May 19, 2010
1. John Wall (Kentucky)    2. Evan Turner (Ohio State)    3. Derrick Favors (Georgia Tech)    4. DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky) 5. Wesley Johnson (Syracuse)    6. Someone else
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May 22, 2010
Celts' home jinx Having won the first two, the Boston Celtics are back home to play the Orlando Magic for Game 3 on Saturday, but that's not necessarily a good thing. The Celtics were one of only two NBA teams with a better record on the road than at home this season. 'Overzealous' staffer There it was on Facebook for all to see: the Washington Wizards telling the world they will draft John Wall with the No. 1 pick. Myron Goodman made the posting Friday on a Facebook page for University of Kentucky alumni.
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June 12, 2010 | By Kevin Tatum, Inquirer Staff Writer
New 76ers coach Doug Collins added Quin Snyder to his coaching staff in a developmental role. The last three seasons, the 43-year-old Snyder was the head coach of the Austin Toros, which is the NBA Developmental League team of the San Antonio Spurs. Previously, Snyder spent seven seasons as the head coach at Missouri, ending in 2006. Top prospects visit. The Sixers next week will bring in four of the players who are expected to be among the first five to go in the June 24 NBA draft.
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April 7, 2013
Deron Williams had 32 points and six assists to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 105-96 win Saturday night over the visiting Charlotte Bobcats. Brook Lopez added 19 points and backup Andray Blatche had 16 as the Nets completed a four-game sweep of the NBA-worst Bobcats. The win strengthened Brooklyn's hold on fourth place in the Eastern Conference, moving them 11/2 games ahead of Chicago. Ben Gordon scored 27 points and Gerald Henderson had 22 for the Bobcats.   Wizards run down Pacers   John Wall scored 37 points in a display of speed and flair to lead the host Washington Wizards to a 104-85 win over the Indiana Pacers.
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July 6, 2011 | By DICK JERARDI, jerardd@phillynews.com
FOUR SUMMERS ago, a skinny 16-year-old from North Carolina arrived at Philadelphia University, hoping one of the big-name college coaches there for Reebok U might notice him. He had just gone through what was essentially a tryout camp in Chicago just to get an invitation to one of the elite camps in America, where high school stars like Brandon Jennings and Renardo Sidney were waiting and did not need to be introduced to anybody. "We found out the last minute," John Wall said last evening at Philly U. He arrived that night with his AAU coach and a friend after an 8-hour drive from Raleigh.
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November 2, 2010 | By Kate Fagan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Considering how empty the present looks for both teams, Tuesday night's game between the Washington Wizards and 76ers becomes a comparison of the future. More specifically, a matchup of the No. 1 selection in the 2010 NBA draft, Wizards point guard John Wall, vs. the No. 2 selection in that same draft, Sixers guard Evan Turner. Neither team has won a game, combining for five losses, but both rookies have demonstrated that there is some reason for hope. Against the Miami Heat on opening night, Turner finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.
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November 17, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Kentucky coach John Calipari looked up at the clock after visiting Miami of Ohio tied the fourth-ranked Wildcats with 6 seconds left and wondered if he should call timeout. John Wall didn't give him a chance. The heralded Kentucky freshman quickly grabbed the inbounds pass, raced by his coach in a blur and pulled up from 15 feet. Before Calipari could collect his thoughts, Wall's jumper was through the net to give the Wildcats a 72-70 win last night and Kentucky's newest superstar was running down the floor pounding his chest in joy. "John Wall catching it and going, I loved it," Calipari said.
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March 26, 2013
LeBron James left one rebound shy of a triple-double. That's about all the Heat could complain about. James finished with 24 points, 11 assists, and nine rebounds, and the Heat won their 27th straight by running away at the finish to beat the Magic, 108-94, on Monday night in Orlando, Fla. Miami pushed its lead to 20 before Heat coach Erik Spoelstra emptied the bench in what was his 250th win with the team. The Heat are within six games of matching the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers for the longest winning streak in NBA history.
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January 22, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - During a moving halftime tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. at the Verizon Center yesterday afternoon, the mostly packed arena fell solemnly silent as snippets of the "I Have a Dream" speech were played and a choir sang at midcourt. The play between the 76ers and Washington Wizards didn't bring about much more of a vocal reaction, as for the visitors, it was the same old, same old with them struggling to hit outside shots, a few too many turnovers at bad times and an inability to get defensive stops when needed.
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December 19, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was an obvious question, one that needed an answer. The 76ers focus on the inside game in their defense. But will their seemingly nonexistent perimeter defense make coach Brett Brown reassess that? "At times, it does," Brown said. "You like to have a team that says: 'Tonight we are playing this type of team. We are going to do this.' Then we are playing this type of team, then we are going to do that. "We need to keep it simple for our guys. And sometimes it doesn't work.
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November 27, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
LAWRENCE, Kan. - The overriding impression you get after watching Andrew Wiggins play for Kansas is: Man, that Selden kid is really good. Wayne Selden is Wiggins' classmate, teammate and, possibly, lottery-mate come June's NBA draft. But if the Sixers hold one of the top picks, unless they trade down or subscribe to some analytic that negates perfect size and otherworldly talent, Selden won't be bound for Philly or Orlando or any of the other self-sabotaged franchises eager for the No. 1 overall pick.
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November 8, 2013 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
WHEN IT COMES to defense, the 76ers and coach Brett Brown have chosen a way they are willing to get beat. They are determined to protect the paint with everyone first, then get out on jump shooters second. They have perfected it - perfected it in that they are certainly getting beat that way. Badly. Last night the Washington Wizards, not one of the more prolific shooting teams in the NBA (or any other league, for that matter), drained a franchise-record 18 three-pointers in 33 attempts and rode that to a 116-102 victory, the first of their four-game season.
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November 8, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
I UNDERSTAND this thing about "picking your poison," but it is a known fact that some poisons are a bit more lethal than others. In nature, for example, the venom of the beaked sea snake is considered to have the fifth-deadliest poison in the world. But the skin of the tiny dart frog contains about 100 toxins and is considered deadlier. So in basketball, if points in the paint are strychnine, then the three-point shot is potassium cyanide. Both are going to kill you if ingest enough, but one is a more efficient than the other.
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November 8, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
This time, the 76ers' comeback attempt against the Washington Wizards was unsuccessful. They trailed by as many as 15 points early in Wednesday night's game and cut the lead to three in the second quarter and four in the third. But the Wizards came up with rally-killing baskets on both occasions and posted a 116-102 victory in front of 10,117 at the Wells Fargo Center. The Wizards (1-3) avenged Friday's 109-102 setback at the Verizon Center. The Sixers (3-2) rallied from a 14-point deficit to win that game.
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November 7, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 76ers knew this day would eventually come, and it occurred later than most predicted. On Tuesday the Sixers held their first practice of the season after a loss, a resounding one at that. Following Monday's 110-90 loss to visiting Golden State, in which the Warriors led by as many as 39 points, the Sixers began preparing for Wednesday's visit by the Washington Wizards to the Wells Fargo Center. "There is no beating around the bush, they beat the hell out of us," forward-center Spencer Hawes said.
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November 4, 2013 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - The 76ers didn't make 11 straight shots to begin the game at the Verizon Center last night against the Washington Wizards, and they didn't get out to a 19-point lead, either, as they did against the Miami Heat in their season opener on Wednesday. Instead, Wizards guard John Wall provided all of the first-quarter highlights. But what the Sixers did do, as they did in their win over Miami, was remain resilient, and that enabled them to pull out a 109-102 win and improve to 2-0. Mark it as one good-looking win for Brett Brown's team and one ugly one. But, most important, mark both as wins.
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November 4, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 76ers are fortunate. There's no other way to explain it. The Sixers know it. So do their first three opponents, the Miami Heat, Washington Wizards, and Chicago Bulls. Yet that shouldn't take away from the unexpected excitement surrounding the franchise. After beating the Bulls, 107-104, on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center, the Sixers are 3-0. It's their best start since also opening 3-0 during the 2006-07 season. But . . . "I want to make sure that we say that we get it. It's two games," rookie coach Brett Brown said after Friday's 109-102 over the Wizards at the Verizon Center.
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November 3, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - In a season that includes 80 more games over the course of six months, it's almost impossible to assess a team based on two performances. But the 76ers at least showed that their season-opening victory over the Miami Heat might not be a fluke. The reportedly content-with-losing Sixers defeated the Washington Wizards, 109-102, Friday night in front of 17,160 at the Verizon Center. With the win, the Sixers (2-0) are off to their best start since opening 3-0 during the 2006-07 season.
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