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McGee added 24 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for the Wizards. Young finished with 19 points, Andray Blatche had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Arenas had 17 points and seven assists.

Andre Iguodala, who had missed three straight games and five of seven with tendinitis in his right Achilles’ tendon, had 23 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in 50 minutes for the 76ers. He was also cramping up down the stretch. Speights scored 12 of his 16 points after halftime, and Thaddeus Young scored 11 of his 15 after halftime.

The game was also the second meeting between the top two picks in this year’s draft, No. 1 Wall and No. 2 Evan Turner. The roles were reversed from the first meeting earlier this month, when Wall started and Turner came off the bench. Turner has since earned a spot in the 76ers’ starting lineup and scored only 11 points Tuesday — but eight came in the final minute of regulation and overtime.

However, Turner also missed two crucial free throws with 8.5 seconds left in regulation, giving Wall a chance to pull off the unusual three-point play that tied the score.

“That game was really pulling teeth,” Arenas said. “We didn’t come out and play well. We played well. We didn’t play hard. We played hard. It was one of those roller-coaster games.”

Notes: Wizards F Al Thornton left in the first half with a sprained left ankle and didn’t return. … A moment of silence was held on the eve of the first anniversary of the death of longtime Wizards owner Abe Pollin. … The Wizards are 5-2 at home, but 0-6 on the road.