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Game recap: John Wall gets surgical in Motown


Wizards 106
Pistons 99

December 30, 2013
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
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If there was any question about the resiliency of this team, tonight’s game squashed that noise. The Wizards clawed their way to a comeback victory in Detroit on a night the Pistons looked destined to get revenge for the game on Saturday.

The turning point in this game came when the Wizards bench spearheaded a run in the 4th quarter, scoring the first 11 points to finally regain the lead in the game for good. John Wall did the rest from there as he was sensational down the stretch and willed the Wizards to the win.

For most of the game, the Wizards were getting killed on the offensive glass and the second chance points kept the Pistons ahead of the Wizards with a sizable lead. The Pistons starting front court combined for 15 offensive rebounds in the game. For a moment, the Wizards became increasingly frustrated with the officiating and Marcin Gortat got a technical foul in the 3rd quarter.

The Wizards defense put the clamps on in the 4th quarter, allowing only 12 points for the Pistons in that period. Another bright spot in the game was Otto Porter, who had his best game as a pro, scoring a career high 7 points and making his first NBA free throw.


MVP: John Wall – 29 points, 14-15 FT, 7 assists, 4 rebounds

John Wall was great in the 2nd half. He took over down the stretch, ensuring the Wizards didn’t lose this game. His 14-15 shooting from the line was huge in this game. This man is a damn All-Star. Although he did walk away from this game on the wrong end of a poster, courtesy of Greg Monroe.

LVP: Trevor Booker

Booker was essentially non-existent on the glass tonight and lost a few passes while not paying attention. You also don’t want too see many step back jumpers from Book.

Key stat of the game: – 10 steals; outrebounding Detroit

This game was simply won on more efficient shooting by the Wizards. Detroit edged the Wizards in pretty much every statistical category but shot 44% from the field and 60% from the FT line. Whereas the Wizards shot 50% from the field and 77% from the FT line.

Tweet of the night:

Very true.

What’s next:

A New Year’s Day showdown against the Dallas Mavericks to wrap up the season series. Mavs won the first game in Dallas 105-95.

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