The Wizards down the Jazz 103-89 in the makeup game postponed due to the snowstorm back in January. There was no energy in the stands
but plenty of energy on the court.
John Wall notched his 31st double double of the season with 17 points and 11 assists. Marcin Gortat also had a hell of a game with 22 points (9-12 shooting), 10 rebounds, and five blocks. I’ve been very critical of Nene but the big man played well scoring 16 points on 7-11 shooting.
Not that this was a “must win” but the Wizards needed this one to get their confidence going for this playoff push. The Wizards dug in on the defensive end turning the Jazz over 23 times.
The Wizards led 49-42 at halftime and things were looking good.
The first five minutes of the third quarter changed the game. The Wizards started the quarter on a 12-2 run stretching the lead out to 57-43 early. The Jazz wouldn’t lay down and were able to make a run cutting the lead down to eight as the Wizards led 76-68 after three.
Bradley Beal got hot in the fourth quarter connecting on 5-6 of his field goal attempts in the quarter. As John Wall does every night, he went around the world in traffic for a scoop layup:
Wall found Gortat on a pick and roll for a slam to give the Wizards a 17 point lead 100-83 and they wouldn’t look back. Wiz win 103-89.
Playing Gortat and Nene at the same time has to stop: Nene and Gortat started the game at the power forward and center positions and it can be assumed that this was done to match Utah’s large frontcourt of Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert. Nene and Gortat only played 12 minutes together and you could see the difference when they were on the floor together versus when they weren’t. On offense, everything gets clogged up in the paint. Also, the ball stops whenever it gets into Nene’s hands on the block. When they aren’t on the floor together, each big man has more room to operate without worrying about a double team coming. Let’s hope that this was done to match Utah’s frontcourt and isn’t a theme going forward.
Run baby run: The Wizards got out in transition tonight scoring 34 fast break points. The highlight coming with this John Wall lob to Otto Porter who slammed it home:
The Wizards were pretty good with their outlet passes with only one turnover occurring in the backcourt. Lets be real, Raul Neto wasn’t going to stay in front of Wall either. Guys filled the lanes and Wall found them in transition. Transition game was picture perfect tonight.