John Wall led the way with 25 points and Bradley Beal notched 21 as Washington exacts revenge on Monday night taking down Orlando, 117-109. Jeff Green was outstanding once again with 18 points on 6-7 shooting and Dwight Howard added 17 points against his former team for a Washington squad that’s won consecutive games for the first this season.
In one of the more odd things you’ll ever see, this game was tied at the end of the first quarter (30-30), halftime (55-55), and third quarter (83-83).
Terrance Ross hit rough back-to-back shots to start the fourth quarter and this had all the makings of him getting his jersey retired in the #WizardsKiller hall of fame. Excellent defensive effort coupled with Jeff Green’s stellar play in the fourth quarter (10 points) opened up a comfortable lead for Washington.
With under two minutes remaining, John Wall put this game on ice as he blocked Evan Fournier’s three-point attempt only to get fouled and head down the other way for free-throws.
Washington wins, 117-109 starting this five-game homestand off on the right foot.
John Wall turns in a vintage John Wall game
Wall logged his third double-double of the season with 25 points, 10 assists, and just two turnovers. Wall was able to get out in transition and attacked the hole with many of his points coming in the painted area. He was much more selective with his three-point shooting only taking three attempts (knocked down two) as he bullied the smaller D.J. Augustin.
Most importantly, Wall was engaged on the defensive end, specifically in the second half and it kick-started the Wizards.
Jeff Green turns in another outstanding performance
Jeff Green was a near perfect 6-7 from the field for 18 points with his lone miss coming on a heave as the shot clock was winding down. Green provided a spark off the bench that Washington has desperately been looking for to start this season.
He was knocking down his threes, was very effective as the roll man with Wall in the pick-and-roll and had many timely buckets evidenced by his 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Jeff Green turned in a classic Jeff Green game only now, he’s in a Wizards uniform. Who would have thought?
Looks like Brooks has found something with the Wall-Beal-Oubre-Morris-Green lineup
For the second straight game, Brooks closed with Wall-Beal-Oubre-Morris-Green on the floor. Otto Porter and Dwight Howard didn’t play a second in the fourth quarter as it looks like Brooks might be onto something with a different iteration of small ball lineup.
This is definitely something to keep an eye out for, especially if you’re Otto Porter.