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Wizards Snap 5-Game Skid With 97-76 Win Over 76ers

Thaddeus Young #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers shoots against Cartier Martin #20 and Kevin Seraphin #13 of the Washington Wizards during the game at the Verizon Center on March 30, 2012 in Washington, DC. (credit: Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Thaddeus Young #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers shoots against Cartier Martin #20 and Kevin Seraphin #13 of the Washington Wizards during the game at the Verizon Center on March 30, 2012 in Washington, DC. (credit: Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

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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.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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