After a two-game absence, Danny Avdia returned to the floor and helped Washington record a surprising 111:116 over Philadelphia.
The Israeli, who was also in doubt for tonight's game (between Tuesday and Wednesday) due to back pain, received 20 minutes from the bench and responded with 7 points (2 of 4 from the field), three rebounds and also added a crucial block on Joel Embiid, 23 seconds to the end, with the Wizards in the lead 108:111.
Then, four seconds to the buzzer, Avdia scored twice from the line to seal the deal.
This is the third win in the last four games for the improving Wizards, after ten straight losses, and it is even more impressive considering the opponent, who was stopped after eight straight wins, and Embiid's tremendous performance.
The fearsome center brought his team back from 13 down with a 48-point night (17-of-32 from the field, 13-of-14 from the field) and 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough.
Kristaps Porzingis led the winner with 24 points and 10 rebounds, Bradley Beal added 19. James Harden contributed 26 and 13 assists to the Sixers.
One of the most difficult tasks in the league.
Avdia in front of Embiid (Photo: Reuters)
Washington will hope to continue the momentum on the night between Thursday and Friday, when they host another strong team - Phoenix.