After losing to the Milwaukee Bucks in the season opener, Tyrese Maxey added 22 points and a career-high 11 assists, Tobias Harris scored 18 points, and De’Anthony Melton scored 14. The Sixers won their fifth straight game.
After being acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Clippers for James Harden, Nicolas Batum scored 11 points in his 76ers debut.
Kyle Kuzma led the struggling Wizards; Jordan Poole followed with 23 and Deni Avdija with 16 with 28 points.
To start the season, the Wizards have lost five of six games and four in a row.
Maxey dribbled the length of the court for a basket, giving the 76ers a 133-107 lead with 8:26 remaining in the fourth quarter. The team continued to play aggressively. The remainder of the way, they won handily.
After Harris’ dunk with 3:37 left in the second half, Philadelphia, who had dominated the first half, took a 64-43 lead.
Kuzma scored 19 points in the first half on 8 of 14 shots, trying to keep the Wizards close. With 1:07 remaining, he made a 3-pointer, but Washington was still behind 71-56.
Thanks in large part to the 19 points, 16 rebounds, and four 3-pointers from Embiid, Melton, and Harris, Philadelphia was up 75-58 at the half.
The Wizards’ five blocked shots in the first half came from Daniel Gafford.
Early in the third, Maxey and Embiid made consecutive pick-and-rolls in the low post, giving them an 88-70 lead.
Kuzma made a three-pointer from the corner, putting the Wizards behind 94-79 with 6:27 remaining in the third quarter, .
On the following possession, Embiid easily scored by putting pressure on Gafford in the paint.
Patrick Beverley scored a 3-pointer off the bench to give the 76ers a 110-88 lead with 3:02 remaining.
Embiid, who had scored 29 points in the third quarter alone, made a three-point play to give his team a commanding 115-93 lead with 1:55 remaining.