Wizards defeat 76ers 116-115 in Overtime

John E De Freitas. | 11/2/2010, 9:42 a.m.
It was the 2010 season home opener for the Wizards who returned to the Verizon...
Washington Wizards guard Kirk Hinrich returned to the Wizards lineup after missing a game due to an eye injury. Hinrich who sported a special eye protector during the game passed his opponent Sasha Vujacic to score two of his 10 points during the fourth quarter. Photo by John E. DeFreitas

It was the 2010 season home opener for the Wizards who returned to the Verizon center after losing two games on the road.John Wall had 29 points, 13 assists, nine steals and eight turnovers in his home debut, as the Washington Wizards beat the Philadelphia 76ers 116-115 in overtime Tuesday night at the Verizon center in Washington D.C.

"He's got an unbelievable will to win. I mean he wills the team," said Wizards head coach Flip Saunders. "He got us in trouble tonight at times but he fought through it and was able to make some big plays at the end. I think that his ability in getting nine steals in a game just changes the complexion of the game so much at that end and it got us aggressive."

Andray Blatche added 23 points, eight rebounds and six turnovers for the Wizards."I told people before the game, my main focus is to get to the hole and get fouled," said Blatche who scored 23 points including 13 of 14 from the free throw line. "As far as outside jumpers, that's going to come, but I'm going to continue to be aggressive and get to the hole.

Cartier Martin caught Wall's inbounds pass and hit a 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime. "I just have to stay ready for whenever I'm called on," Martin said. "I think they were trying to foul before the shot was taken, but that was one of the biggest shots I've ever hit in my life. This is the big leagues, and there were a lot of fans out here supporting us tonight. I felt like it was a good shot when I let it off."

The Wizards return to the Verizon center this Saturday at 7.00 pm to face the Cleveland Cavaliers.