The Wizards win 101-93 and snap a 17 game losing streak to the Spurs behind 25 points and eight assists from John Wall. The streak was the longest win streak that one team held over another in the NBA.
Marcin Gortat and Paul Pierce started the game hot as they hit their first five shots collectively. Pierce was feeling it from three point range tonight going 3-4 for the night and 2-2 in the first quarter. The Wiz used a 12-3 run in the first to race out to a eight point lead.
You would have thought all John Wall did since the Atlanta game was work on his floater if you tuned in for the first time tonight. On three occasions in the first quarter alone, John’s tear drop was on display and it was falling… so why stop? John scored 12 consecutive points for the Wiz who were up seven after the first.
It looks like Otto Porter is out of the rotation now that Martell Webster is back. Martell came in for Pierce instead of Otto. Martell didn’t do much; only dishing out one assist and scoring no points.
Kevin Seraphin was a man on a mission tonight and that was on full display when he came in for Gortat. Kevin was often matched up against Boris Diaw and did not back down in the post against his fellow Frenchman. Kevin provided some nice jump shots and energy on the offensive glass in the first half.
Even though the Wiz shot 50% from the field in the half, they were only up three due to too many turnovers.
The raced out of halftime on a 8-0 run and took an 11 point advantage. Tony Parker decided enough was enough and decided to take over. Effective screen and rolls with the Spurs’ big men and a few tear drops of his own were able to keep the Spurs hanging around.
Once again, Kevin Seraphin was a man on a mission. Kevin hit his first two jump shots to start the fourth including one on a nice ball fake to get open. At one point in the quarter, he had nine straight points for the Wizards. The Spurs took the lead at the 9:55 mark for the first time since the first quarter and the lead seesawed for most of the fourth. Some nice lock down defens including blocks on back to back defensive possession and easy points in transition were the turning point in this one. With the Wiz up six and the shot clock winding down, John Wall took a deep fade away two which was dunked home by Rasual Butler for the icing on the cake.
Great win for the team but no time to rest as the Wiz take on Chicago in Chicago tomorrow night.