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WASHINGTON (AP) — Cartier Martin tied a career-high with 20 points in his second game under a 10-day contract, and the Washington Wizards built a big lead and held on to it for a change, breaking a five-game losing streak Friday night with a 97-76 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
The loss knocked Philadelphia, at least temporarily, out of first place in the Atlantic Division, pending the result of the Boston-Minnesota game later Friday. The 76ers began the day tied with the Celtics.
The Wizards had blown double-digit leads in their last three home games, but this time they didn’t let up.
Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young scored 14 apiece for the 76ers, who have lost six of nine.
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