John Wall dished out a career high 19 assists to go along with a huge game from Marcin Gortat (27 points, 16 rebounds) as the super shorthanded Wizards cruise past the Kings, 113-99.
If you don’t count the 30 seconds of garbage time from DeJuan Blair, the Wizards pulled out the victory playing with just seven guys tonight.
Coming off a career high 21 points against Charlotte Saturday night, Temple backed that up with a new career high of 23 points including five three-pointers.
This game was up and down from the beginning as the Kings led 35-34 after the first quarter.
This Wizards shot a blistering 56% from the field in the first half including 60% from three point range (6-10) to take a 63-59 lead at half.
Marcin Gortat continued his hot streak in the third quarter knocking down his first shot of the half and starting the game 11-12 from the field. Dudley hit open threes and Garrett Temple dove on the floor for those 50/50 balls we always harp about.
The Kings ended the third quarter on an 8-0 run to tie the game at 84.
The Wizards countered that with a 8-0 run of their own to start the fourth quarter to regain the lead. Wall would come off a screen to find Dudley on the wing for his career high 19th assist and proverbial DAGGER to put the Wizards up 14 with just minutes to play.
Wizards win 113-99.
The Wizards were very short-handed: It was kind of assumed that Otto Porter wouldn’t play tonight but it was very surprising to hear that Gary Neal would be a late scratch for the Wizards with a sore back. As a result, the Wizards played just seven players tonight aside from the garbage time for Blair. The Wizards got 15 apiece from Humphries (3-3 from three-point range) and Sessions off the bench.
John Wall continues to impress: This could go down as one of the best month’s of his career. The scoring wasn’t there tonight has he scored just 12 points on 4-15 shooting but he put his imprint on the game with a career high 19 assists. If Gortat could have finished some contested dunks and layups around the rim, we’d be talking about 22 assists.
Rebounding still an issue: Outside of Gortat, the other six Wizards players combined for 22 rebounds. The Wizards gave up 13 offensive rebounds to the Kings tonight resulting in too many second chance points. It looks like everyone aside from Gortat is trying to out jump their man rather than box out. That’s not going to work with a small lineup. Additionally, players are still leaking out too early when shot are in the air. This is OK against a team like the Kings but it won’t work against better competition.