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WASHINGTON -- As he was walking off the court at halftime, Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins asked a favour of one of his captains. [url=]babyliss uk[/url] . "He was saying talk to the guys, try to keep their spirits up and stuff like that," Thaddeus Young said. "And I told him, You have nothing to worry about. Everybody here in this locker room is trying to win this game." With their coachs future in question, the 76ers awoke from pack-it-in mode Friday night, recovering from a 13-point, second-quarter deficit and pulling away in the second half for a 97-86 win, putting to rest the Washington Wizards goal of becoming the best non-playoff team in the Eastern Conference. The 76ers had lost three straight, including two by an average of 22 points since being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Collins spent much of his pregame talk with reporters trying to not answer questions about whether hell be back as coach next season. Motivation was becoming an issue. "It would be very easy -- we didnt practice yesterday -- to come in here, throw your sneakers out there, you get down 13 and get beat by 20," Collins said. Instead, Jrue Holiday scored 22 points to lead five 76ers in double figures, stopping a Wizards team that had generated motivation -- and momentum -- by declaring their goal to catch Philadelphia to help make up for a 4-28 start. "I think whether its a conscious thing or a subconscious thing, when you officially get eliminated, it kind of hits you, it takes some of the wind out of your sails," said Spencer Hawes, who had 15 points and eight rebounds. "But then you regroup and refocus and try to take out of it whatever you can from the last however-many games." Young added 18 points and 13 points for the 76ers, while John Wall scored 24 points to lead the Wizards, who have lost four straight and trail the 76ers by 3 1/2 games with two left to end their chase -- if it can really be called that -- for No. 9. "Its very disappointing," said Garrett Temple, who scored eight points. "We set that as a goal about a month ago, month-and-a-half ago and we were striving for that. But at the same time we have two more games left and we definitely want to get to 30 wins." The 76ers had been a disinterested competitor for the Wizards, and they still could be caught by the 10th-place Toronto Raptors. Asked before the game if the tussle for ninth was on his radar, Collins shrugged and said: "You know, ninth, 10th -- I mean, thats out of the playoffs." Nevertheless, Holiday bounced back after a pair of bad games and made 8 of 17 shots and added seven assists. Evan Turner also had seven assists, helping compensate for his 0-for-11 night from the field. The Wizards had been strong at home since Wall returned from a knee injury. They finished 22-19 at the Verizon Center, including 18-6 with Wall. But ninth place will go to someone else. "Any time you dont reach a goal youre a little disappointed," Washington coach Randy Wittman said. "But we gave it a shot." Notes: Philadelphia G Nick Young, a first-round draft pick by the Wizards in 2007, was booed when he entered the game for the first time as a visiting player at the Verizon Center. The reception amused Young so much that he covered his mouth with his hand to control his laughter. ... The Wizards played without Martell Webster (abdominal strain) and Trevor Ariza (sore left knee). ... Collins on his status with the 76ers: "Ive told you all along, Im not the topic of conversation. Were going to focus on the games, and were going to play those. Well sit down at the end of the season (as) Ive always done. Ive got a wonderful relationship with (owner) Josh Harris, and we will discuss what we need to do next year." ... Philadelphias Dorell Wright had the comic lowlight with a 3-point attempt late in the first quarter. The ball slipped out of his hands and went backward with no one touching it, landing in the front row of seats some 30 feet from the basket. "It just flew out of my hands," Wright said. "I dont know what the heck that was." [url=]babyliss pro[/url] . A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that the referees voted on the deal last week. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because those details were confidential. [url=]babyliss perfect curl[/url] . Jeff Green, Jason Terry and rookie Jared Sullinger carried the Celtics through a game of streaks, each outscoring their starting teammates as Boston recovered from a dreadful third quarter and held off the slumping Phoenix Suns 87-79 on Wednesday night.ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay backed down a bit after Broncos coach John Fox and former Colts general manager Bill Polian chided him for comments critical of Peyton Manning. Fox used his weekly SiriusXM NFL Radio appearance Tuesday to criticize the Colts owner for sounding ungrateful for all Manning did for his team and city, including winning a Super Bowl in 2007, and Polian used the same platform to say Irsay was wrong in both his facts and opinions. After a series of tweets defending himself Tuesday night, Irsay took to Twitter on Wednesday to say he meant that if the Colts had given Manning better special teams and defence, they could have won more than one Super Bowl, instead of asking the quarterback to do too much. He added that he found it hard to see how anyone could misinterpret his comments, but controversy sells, so he understands why people try to stir things up. In a conference call with Denver media Wednesday, Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Irsay harbours no ill will toward Manning. "I dont think theres anybody that Mr. Irsay respects and cares for more than Peyton," Pagano said. "What cant you say about Peyton? What hes done for this organization, what hes done for the city, our fans -- what hes done for football -- its off the charts. And certainly all I know is that our owner has the utmost respect and love and passion for that guy and always will." Irsay told USA Today in an interview Tuesday that the Colts turned to Andrew Luck two years ago and released Manning rather than pay him a $28 million roster bonus because they were looking for more playoff success. "Weve changed our model a little bit, because we wanted more than one of these," Irsay said, showing his Super Bowl ring. "(Tom) Brady never had consistent numbers, but he has three of these. Pittsburgh had two, the Giants had two, Baltimore had two and we had one. "That leaves you frustrated. You make the playoffs 11 times, and youre out in the first round seven out of 11 times. You love to have the Star Wars numbers from Peyton and Marvin (Harrison) and Reggie (Wayne). Mostly, you love this," Irsay added, showing his ring again, according to the newspaper. Those comments were similar to the ones Irsay made in an interview with The Associated Press last summer, when the Colts owner said his only regrets about releasing Manning were that he wanted the star quarterback to throw his final pass as a Colt and he wished Manning had departed with more than one Super Bowl ring. So, instead of relying on the high-charged offence Manning directed, Irsay said the teams future February celebrations would come more frequently if the Colts ran a more balanced offence and divided the budget more evenly between the offensive and defensive players. Dictating the terms of his post-practice Wednesday news conference as effectively as he orchestrates his offence from the line of scrimmage, Manning paid virtually no heed to this weeks comments from Colts owner Jim Irsay. Manning said he had no comment when asked for his reaction to Irsays innterview earlier this week when he said he had to give up the old Indy offences "Star Wars" numbers in a quest for more Super Bowl rings. [url=]babyliss pro uk[/url]. Irsays latest verbal barrage, coming as it did this week, created quite a buzz. Fox normally isnt one to criticize anyone in public, but Irsays comments clearly struck a nerve. "I thought it was a bit of a cheap shot," Fox said on SiriusXM. "In my opinion, they were disappointing and inappropriate. You know, Peyton would never say anything because hes too classy to do that. "They sounded a little ungrateful and unappreciative to me for a guy thats set a standard, won a Super Bowl, won division titles, won four MVP awards, and Id be thankful for that one Super Bowl ring because a lot of people dont have one." Polian fired back at his old boss, saying Irsay had it wrong. "For one thing, I dont believe that Baltimore had two at the time that we were fired, all of us, Peyton, me and the rest of the staff, (coach) Jim Caldwell at the end of the 11 season," Polian said. He said Irsay was "very upset" after the Colts lost to New Orleans in the 2010 Super Bowl, "and I think its pretty telling that getting to the Super Bowl in his mind doesnt count. And for anyone who is in the game and who has to make that journey from training camp to the Super Bowl, you know that its awfully difficult to get there. "And as John Fox said ... if you have one, you count yourself lucky. Ive had teams that have been to six Super Bowls and won one. Im not ashamed of that record by any means, and Im certainly not ashamed of what we did in Indianapolis." Manning is 160-70 in the regular season -- joining Brady as the only quarterbacks with 90 more wins than losses -- but is just 9-11 in the playoffs with eight first-round exits. The Broncos -- who have won 19 of 23 games under Manning, but lost to Baltimore in the playoffs -- visit the Colts on Sunday night in Mannings first return to Indianapolis since his teary-eyed goodbye news conference alongside Irsay in March 2012. Mannings former coach, Tony Dungy, said on a conference call this week that he thinks Irsay wouldnt have let Manning go had he known Manning would bounce back as he has. "I can almost guarantee you that if he knew that he was going to be healthy like this and playing this kind of football, in hindsight I dont think he wouldve done it," said Dungy, whos now an NBC football analyst. "But with everything the way it was at that time, with Andrew being there and being available, knowing the scouting report on Andrew and the percentages of Peyton coming back and playing well at that point, it was the right thing to do." Irsay defended himself in a string of responses on Twitter on Tuesday night, when he quoted Manning as saying that both he and the owner wanted him to stay in Indianapolis but "circumstances forced our hand." He finished with a joke, saying he hopes for old times sake that Manning completes some passes to his old teammates such as safety Antoine Bethea. ' ' '
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