Covington, Saric lead Sixers to 120-112 win over Wizards

Philadelphia 76ers' Dario Saric, top, goes up to shoot against Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Robert Covington had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Dario Saric added 20 points and 11 boards, and the depleted Philadelphia 76ers beat the Washington Wizards 120-112 on Friday night.

Bradley Beal had 40 points and John Wall scored 29 for the Southeast Division-leading Wizards.

On a day the Sixers announced No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons will not play this season, their other young players stepped up to make up for the absence of star center Joel Embiid and the trades of center Nerlens Noel and forward Ersan Ilyasova. Noel and Ilyasova were dealt before Thursday's trade deadline and Embiid missed his 12th straight game with a left knee contusion.

Richaun Holmes had 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks while splitting minutes with Jahlil Okafor, a surprise holdover because he was mentioned in most trade speculation involving Philadelphia.

After taking a 61-49 lead at halftime, the Sixers kept building on it in the third quarter. Holmes slammed one down off an offensive rebound to extend Philadelphia's lead to 78-62 midway through the third period. His alley-oop slam off Sergio Rodriguez's pass made it 95-78 later in the quarter.

But the Wizards answered with an 8-0 run to get within 95-86, only to see Philadelphia run off 13 straight points. Nik Stauskas nailed a 3-pointer and Covington's driving layup made it 107-86.

Washington made a late push to get it close but ran out of time.


Wizards: F Bojan Bogdanovic, acquired from the Nets, scored two points in 18 minutes.

76ers: Embiid is expected to miss at least three more games. ... C Andrew Bogut, acquired from Dallas, hasn't joined the team because of a personal matter and Sixers President Bryan Colangelo said the team might buy out his contract to give the veteran an opportunity to sign with a contending team. ... Swingman Justin Anderson, acquired from Dallas, did not play. ... Play was temporarily stopped in the final minute of the first half when some of the lights in the arena were shut off. ... Gerald Henderson scored 20 for Philadelphia.

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