On a night when the Philadelphia 76ers honored NBA legend “The Answer” Allen Iverson, a question arose—how do the Sixers stop Trevor Ariza? The Wizards swingman scored a career-high 40 points, and did most of his damage in the opening quarter with a perfect 6-for-6 from 3-point territory as Washington went on to top Philadelphia 122-103.
Ariza set the franchise record for having two games in which a Wizards player connected on at least six straight 3-pointers. Just last month, he went 7-for-7 from downtown and reached another franchise milestone with 10 total 3-pointers in that same game against the Houston Rockets.
When the smoke cleared after he scorched the nets in the first quarter, Ariza was 9-of-10 with 24 points.
“The flamethrower was out there,” said Ariza.
Meanwhile, Wizards point guard John Wall dished off 16 assists to complement his 17 points to record his 22nd double-double of the season. Washington won their sixth straight and improved to 31-28 for the season.
On the other end of the spectrum, Philadelphia dropped its 13th straight game for an overall record of 15-44, which places them 3.5 games ahead of the bottom-dwelling Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference.