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Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal (3) and Philadelphia 76ers small forward Evan Turner (12) go after a loose ball during the first half of their game played at the Verizon Center in Washington, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. (Harry E. Walker/MCT)

Wizards stop 76ers 107-99

WASHINGTON -- The Philadelphia 76ers came to Washington for two things. They paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King. They also hoped to beat the Washington Wizards.

The Sixers had to settle for honoring the civil rights leader on his holiday. The Wizards took the lead 1 minute, 1 second into the game and never yielded it. Washington held on for a 107-99 victory at the Verizon Center.

The Sixers (13-28) have lost three straight games and seven of eight. The Wizards (20-20) have won three of four.

Dominating the game, Washington led by as many as 21 points midway through the fourth quarter. Bradley Beal (22 points) and Marcin Gortat (19 points, 11 rebounds, 4 blocked shots) led the Wizards.

On the bright side for the Sixers, Michael Carter-Williams broke out of his two-game shooting slump. The rookie point guard scored a game-high 31 points on 13-for-22 shooting. He also had five assists and a game-high three steals in 34 minutes. Carter-Williams made 6 of 29 shots combined in consecutive losses to the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls.

Spencer Hawes collected 11 points and a game-high 16 rebounds against Washington for his 15th double-double of the season.

The Sixers, however, continued to struggle from three-point land. They made just 4 of 18 three-pointers (22.2 percent) and are a combined 8 of 57 in their last three games.

But this trip was more than about a basketball game.

The Sixers flew to D.C. after Saturday night's loss at Chicago. On Sunday, the team spent an hour at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. The Sixers honored him in a couple of ways on Monday.

Both teams wore warm-ups with a "dream big" logo on the front to honor King's "I have a dream" speech. Thaddeus Young, Lavoy Allen, Elliot Williams, Hawes, Carter-Williams, and several Wizards wore purple sneakers with gold trim with "BHM" on the back in honor of King and Black History Month, which is February.

"This day means a lot," Young said. "He fought for our civil rights and equality and to end separation for all the different races. ... You can look and see each and every move. You have white people and black. He has us all working together."

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