The game was there for the Sixers' taking Sunday night -- if only for one more stop or one more made basket.
With less than two minutes to play, the Sixers led by three and had the ball.
It was at that point Evan Turner was called for an offensive foul and John Wall worked his magic.
The third-year player, who has guided the Wizards to a 14-11 record since coming back from injury, scored the final six points of the game and came up with a huge block on his 2010 draft peer, Turner, to ensure the 90-87 win for Washington (see Instant Replay).
It was especially disappointing because the Sixers had battled back from a 10-point deficit only to have a win snatched from their grip for their tenth straight road loss.
“We had some bad breaks and they converted on them,” Jrue Holiday said. “It is obviously tough coming back like that and losing the game. John was like he is. He always makes something happen and he got to the free-throw line and made a big shot. Obviously, we are disappointed because we really wanted to win that game.”
“He did what he was supposed to do,” Damien Wilkins said of Wall. “He is a name. He is the franchise guy here and since he has been back, they have been playing pretty well. He did his job.”
Wall finished with 16 points, six assists and five rebounds. He and Martell Webster tied for the game high in points.
Before Wall hit the final basket of the night -- a 20-foot, contested, pull-up jumper -- the Sixers, trailing by one, opted not to foul. Doug Collins saw the difference between the shot clock and the game clock was 4.9 seconds, plenty of time to get off a shot that would have won the game prior to Wall’s jumper and still tie it even after his heroics.
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