Philadelphia 76ers PG Lou Williams rimmed out a three pointer at the buzzer to give the Washington Wizards the 108-107 victory in honor of team owner Abe Pollin, who passed away just hours before yesterday’s contest. “It was a hard evening,” said Gilbert Arenas. “But at the end of the day Abe Pollin loved us so much that we couldn’t feel the pain until after the game. We had to go out there and just play. He wouldn’t want us to stop doing what he loved.”
Arenas finished the game with 17 points and eight assists, adding six turnovers to his stat line as well. Antawn Jamison led the Wizards with 32 points and 14 rebounds. Andray Blatche contributed with 14 of the bench’s 31 total points in his 22 minutes played.
The Sixers made a progressive 32-23 run in the fourth quarter but ran out of time to finish out on top. Both coaches shared the same remarks following the heart-felt win for Washington. “I guess Mr. P, he probably contested that last shot better than anybody,” said Wizards coach Flip Saunders. 76ers coach Eddie Jordan stated soon after that “maybe Abe’s spirit knocked that out.”
Philadelphia will now be making their way to Boston’s TD Garden for a game against the Celtics tonight at 7:30 PM. The Wizards are set to head south for their Friday night matchup with the Miami Heat.