December 16, 2013
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Bradley Beal wanted to let the NBA know he was back last night and a game winning basket at Madison Square Garden was the right way of going about it. He struggled to find his shot throughout the first three quarters, but then poured in 14 4th quarter points including the last eight points of the game for the Wizards to seal the victory.
This game started as the John Wall show in this first half, as he was dazzling, scoring 19 points along with five assists, and four rebounds at the half. But John struggled mightily in the second half, scoring just one point and committing four turnovers. Martell Webster picked up the slack in the second half with an amazing game, scoring 30 points off the bench.
The Wizards looked like they were going to run away with this game, going up 15 points early in the second half, but that lead evaporated in about 4 minutes as the Knicks stormed back and eventually took as big as a 5 point lead. The Wizards were extremely sloppy with the ball last night, turning it over 19 times, but shooting 54% from the field for the game helped them overcome the miscues.
MVP: Bradley Beal – 21 points, 7 rebounds, and the game-winning shot.
This could have easily been Martell Webster, and would’ve been until Bradley Beal showed this team what they’ve been missing for 3 weeks. Bradley Beal single-handily closed this game out by himself scoring the last 8 points for the team in the last two minutes of the game. Beal poured 14 much needed 4th quarter points and you just have to wonder how much different the Bucks, Nuggets and Hawks game would’ve been had this guy been on the court.
LVP: Marcin Gortat – 9 points, 4-14 FG
I have to put my man Marcin Gortat here. After complaining about his role in the offense, the Wizards looked to get him involved a lot last night and he ended up having one of his worst games in a Wizards uniform. Marcin couldn’t buy a bucket & messed up a few P&R opportunities.
Key stat of the game: – 11-18 3-pointers for the Wizards
Making 61% of 18 3-pointers will keep you in a lot of games. The Wizards hit a lot of timely 3-pointers tonight. Martell Webster hit six of them alone.
Tweet of the night:
Trevor Booker >
This tweet was made as soon as the Wizards went up 15. Prophetic.
And now I'll prepare myself for the inevitable Knicks comeback
— Umair Khan (@UKhanNBA) December 17, 2013