Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/13

Game 1: Saturday, December 13th
Wizards89Final
76ers104
Game 2: Friday, December 19th
76ers109Final
Wizards103
Game 3: Friday, January 30th
Wizards94Final
76ers104
Game 4: Wednesday, February 25th
76ers106Final
Wizards98

Wizards 89

(4-17, 1-8 away)

76ers 104

(10-14, 6-7 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:30 PM ET, December 13, 2008

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 20 20 25 2489
    PHI 25 26 28 25104

    Top Performers

    WSH: A. Jamison 17 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

    Phi: E. Brand 27 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Brand's season-high 27 power 76ers in DiLeo's debut

    Associated Press

    PHILADELPHIA -- It had been 18 years since Tony DiLeo paced the sideline as a coach -- and that came in another country.

    Though he couldn't revel in the circumstances of his elevation to coach of the Philadelphia 76ers because of his close relationship with Maurice Cheeks, the experience didn't seem any different.

    Fast Facts

    • The 76ers began the game on a 12-3 run and never trailed afterward, snapping their five-game home losing streak and winning in interim coach Tony DiLeo's debut.

    • Samuel Dalembert matched a season-high with 17 rebounds.

    • The 76ers have lost three straight in Philadelphia and five of their last six games overall.

    -- ESPN research

    Elton Brand scored a season-high 27 points, leading Philadelphia to a 104-89 victory over the struggling Washington Wizards on Saturday night in DiLeo's coaching debut with the 76ers.

    "I did feel comfortable," DiLeo said. "Coaching is like managing. Any time I had a question, the assistant coaches were there to answer them. The game flew by and brought back a lot of feelings."

    Lou Williams added 15 points, Thaddeus Young and Andre Iguodala each had 14, and Willie Green scored 13 for the Sixers, who snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 10-14.

    Cheeks didn't receive that type of balance on a consistent basis and was subsequently fired earlier Saturday as coach of the Sixers, who were slumping badly a season after making the playoffs. DiLeo, the team's assistant general manager, was appointed coach for rest of the season.

    "It's up to the players to work through this and continue to improve," Brand said. "We have a lot of pride and we're going to get better. Tony talked to us before the game and he knows we'll go out and play hard for him."

    DiLeo played and coached in West Germany for 10 seasons before joining the Sixers in 1990-91. He has extensive experience in international basketball as both a player and a coach, and had a brief stint as an NBA assistant in the early 1990s, but hadn't been in a huddle in the league in more than a decade.

    "It was a whirlwind, but it was great," DiLeo said. "It was a great feeling. I'm really happy for the players."

    The Sixers had lost their previous five home games. Samuel Dalembert pulled down 17 rebounds and Andre Miller had a season-high 12 assists.

    "[DiLeo] has always supported me on and off the court," Dalembert said. I think we'll have a good relationship. I respect him and he respects me."

    Antawn Jamison scored 17 points, Mike James and DeShawn Stevenson added 16 apiece and Caron Butler had 15 for the Wizards (4-17), who are in last place in the Southeast Division. The Wizards are 1-8 on the road.

    "We've got to stop digging holes," Washington coach Ed Tapscott said. "You can't wait until the fourth quarter to get serious."

    DiLeo has spent 19 seasons with the 76ers. He was promoted to senior vice president and assistant general manager in 2003.

    When DiLeo was announced in pregame introductions, he received a smattering of boos from the crowd. Those boos quickly turned into cheers. The Sixers were up 79-65 after the third quarter and were never seriously challenged in the fourth.

    "It was good to get a win for all of us," Iguodala said. "When a change like this happens, it sends a message of uncertainty that you don't know what might happen next. We've got to turn it on."

    Washington never got within single digits the rest of the way.

    Philadelphia led by as many as 14 points in the first half and held a 51-40 advantage at halftime.

    Game notes


    Williams, who was a game-time decision because of food poisoning, came off the bench early in the first quarter. ... The Wizards missed eight straight field goals in the second quarter. ... The Sixers outrebounded Washington 46-37.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    WSH
    PHI
    Points 89 104
    FGM-FGA 34-83 (.410) 38-74 (.514)
    3PM-3PA 7-23 (.304) 2-12 (.167)
    FTM-FTA 14-21 (.667) 26-35 (.743)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-37 10-46
    Assists 21 24
    Turnovers 15 15
    Steals 4 6
    Blocks 3 2
    Fast Break Points 10 19
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 1 20

    Top Performers

    Washington
    Philadelphia
    Antawn Jamison Jamison
    Points: 17
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Elton Brand Brand
    Points: 27
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1