The Wizards win their 7th straight at home 93-84 behind 22 points from Bradley Beal and a ridiculous stat line of 16 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds, 5 steals, and 3 blocks from John Wall.
As predicted, the Wizards started this one sluggish turning the ball over on three of their first four possessions. Before you could blink, the Wizards were already down 6-0. The Wizards shot a blazing 60% through the first quarter so they must have had the lead right? Wrong. The Wizards committed seven turnovers in the period resulting in 11 of the Jazz’s first 17 points.
The bench came in at the beginning of the second quarter but wasn’t the instant spark that they usually are. Nene provided some nice production off the bench with 10 points and six rebounds on 5-8 shooting. If my memory holds serve, he only had two “Nene being Nene” plays this game as well…You know when he puts his head down, stops the ball, and decides he’s the only one who can shoot, take a wild shot, then complains to the refs?
John Wall was something else tonight and it all started on defense. He brought it tonight against a good but smaller Trey Burke. John harassed him, chased him off of screens, and forced Trey into shooting 7-16 from the field. The help side defense was where John excelled. In two occasions he came over to block shots from the Jazz bigs. John also chipped in with five steals leading to many fast break opportunities.
This game changed in the 3rd quarter. The Wizards opened the quarter taking the ball to the hole on their first three possessions; two resulting in layups and one resulting in free throws for Paul Pierce. Midway through the quarter, John Wall raced out after picking up one of his five steals and found his backcourt mate Bradley Beal for three. On the next possession, Paul Pierce came up with a steal and threw an outlet pass to John for an easy dunk. The Wizards took a 49-48 lead and never looked back.
The professor was ballin today. Andre Miller was a near perfect 5-6 from the field and chipped in with three assists and two offensive rebounds. Per usual, Andre used his crafty old man moves to post his man up or get easy buckets in the lane. Even though he probably has half the speed of John, Andre does an excellent job of pushing the ball giving the team fast break opportunities.
The Wiz let their foot off the gas juuuuust a little when the Jazz cut the Wizards lead from 15 to 6 late in the 4th. Back to back buckets from Bradley Beal ensured the Wiz would come out of this one victorious. The win moves the Wizards to 17-6 overall, 12-2 at home, and a perfect 14-0 when holding their opponent to fewer than 100 points. Up next, the Kevin Love-less Timberwolves. Oh yeah, root for the Knicks tonight.