Foles’ run in Philly may be near end

Beal scores 14 straight points, fin­ishes with 34

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Wizards 123 76ers 106

— Af­ter ris­ing off the floor mid­way through the fourth quar­ter, Bradley Beal flashed a thank­ful smile.

Wash­ing­ton’s lead­ing scorer had sur­vived the full force of Joel Em­biid.

Beal drew the charge from Philadel­phia’s brawny cen­ter, then went on to score 14 con­sec­u­tive points and fin­ish with 34, help­ing the Wizards beat the 76ers 123-106 on Wed­nes­day night for a split of the home-and-home set.

“I don’t mind tak­ing charges — I’m a phys­i­cal player,” Beal said. “But with Jojo, it’s a lit­tle dif­fer­ent story. He’s a big fella. I’m glad I got a lift in yes­ter­day.”

Otto Porter Jr. added 23 points, his most since re­turn­ing from a quadri­ceps in­jury this month, and Trevor Ariza had 17 to help Wash­ing­ton im­prove to 4-3 since los­ing All-Star guard John Wall for the sea­son.

Em­biid had 35 points and 14 re­bounds for the 76ers. They com­mit­ted 23 turnovers, and had a four-game win­ning streak end.

Jimmy But­ler added 23 points, and Ben Sim­mons had 15 points and 10 re­bounds for Philadel­phia. A night af­ter hit­ting more than half of their 31 at­tempts from be­yond the arc, the 76ers shot 8 of 27 from 3-point range, go­ing 3 of 20 in the first three quar­ters.

“The com­bi­na­tion of not be­ing able to make some

shots, the turnovers cre­at­ing a lot of their of­fen­sive looks was too hard to over­come,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said.

Philadel­phia cut what had been a 26-point deficit in the third quar­ter down to 12 in the fourth on the pos­ses­sion that fol­lowed Em­biid’s charge.

Beal an­swered by in­di­vid­u­ally outscor­ing the vis­i­tors 14-5 to make it 116-95 with 4:22 left. He shot 6 of 11 from 3-point range and 13 of 21 over­all from the field. Not to men­tion a gutsy de­fen­sive play.

“He’s will­ing to do what­ever it takes to win,” Ariza said. “We all see that in him.”

NOT OTTO SHAPE

Porter con­tin­ued in his cur­rent role off the bench, but played 33 min­utes in his fifth game since re­turn­ing from his 10-game in­jury lay­off. That was his most ac­tion since Dec. 5, though he in­sisted his re­turn is still a work in progress.

“There is noth­ing easy about get­ting back,” he said. “Just get­ting back in game shape, that is the biggest (thing), get­ting my se­cond wind.”

TAKE IT BACK!

Philadel­phia has lost six of its eight games in the se­cond game of back-to-back sets. Against Wash­ing­ton, how­ever, Sim­mons didn’t be­lieve the tim­ing of the game mat­tered.

“I think that was just lack of com­pet­i­tive­ness,” Sim­mons said. “I don’t think we com­peted.”

WHOSE HOUSE?

A siz­able con­tin­gent of 76ers fans made their pres­ence known. That in­cluded boo­ing the Wizards’ player in­tro­duc­tions and chant­ing “E-A-G-L-E-S! EA­GLES!”

TECH­NI­CALLY SPEAK­ING

Wash­ing­ton picked up two tech­ni­cal fouls dur­ing a 32-se­cond stretch early in the third. Thomas Bryant re­ceived his for hang­ing on the rim too long fol­low­ing a dunk, and Jeff Green got the se­cond for ar­gu­ing. Brown also picked up a tech for ar­gu­ing a call in the se­cond quar­ter.

TIP-INS

76ers: J.J. Redick (back) sat out a se­cond con­sec­u­tive game, but Brown doesn’t ex­pect his ab­sence to last long. “We’re in sort of hy­per-sen­si­tive mode with J.J,” Brown said about his most pro­duc­tive 3-point shooter. “He’s that im­por­tant.”

Wizards: Led 25-20 af­ter the first quar­ter de­spite com­mit­ting seven turnovers . ... Porter Jr. played with a sore right hand af­ter in­jur­ing it Tues­day night in Philadel­phia.

UP NEXT

76ers: Host At­lanta on Fri­day night.

Wizards: Host Mil­wau­kee on Fri­day night.

Bucks 116, Rock­ets 109

HOUS­TON (AP) — Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo scored 27 points and grabbed a sea­son-high 21 re­bounds to help Mil­wau­kee with­stand a 42-point per­for­mance from James Har­den and get a win over Hous­ton.

In a matchup of the two early front-run­ners for MVP, Har­den and his team­mates were done in by a shoot­ing slump late in the third quar­ter that spilled into the fourth and left them down by 15 points.

Mil­wau­kee held a 13-point lead with about five min­utes left be­fore Hous­ton used a 8-0 run, started by two 3-point­ers from Har­den, to cut the lead to 107-102. The Bucks got a layup from Eric Bled­soe be­fore Har­den scored the next four points to get Hous­ton within 109106 with 2 1/2 min­utes left.

An­te­tok­oun­mpo made one of two free throws to push Mil­wau­kee’s lead to four points with about 90 sec­onds left. Har­den missed his third straight 3-pointer be­fore An­te­tok­oun­mpo added a layup on the other end to make it 112-106 with 40 sec­onds re­main­ing.

Har­den missed an­other 3 sec­onds later and the Bucks added four free throws down the stretch to se­cure the their sev­enth vic­tory in eight games.

It was Har­den’s sixth 40-point out­ing in the last eight games and he has scored 30 or more points in 14 straight games, which is the long­est streak since Tracy Mc­Grady did it in 2003. He shot 6 of 16 on 3-point­ers to give him at least five in the last 11 games.

Hous­ton cen­ter Clint Capela strug­gled, mak­ing just 4 of 16 shots a game af­ter scor­ing a ca­reer-high 31 points in a win over the Nuggets on Mon­day. He fin­ished with 18 points and 13 re­bounds.

The Bucks scored the first six points of the fourth quar­ter to stretch a run they started in the third quar­ter to 15-0 and make it 98-83 with about 10 min­utes left.

The Rock­ets got their first field goal since the 4:32 mark of the third quar­ter when P.J. Tucker made a 3-pointer a few sec­onds af­ter that.

A weird play came af­ter that when An­te­tok­oun­mpo threw a pass across the lane and it bounced off Har­den’s face and back at An­te­tok­oun­mpo, which dished it to Er­san Ilyasova for a 3. Har­den fell slowly to the court af­ter he was hit but got up quickly and seemed to be OK.

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