December 19, 2013
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
It turns out the cure for the Wizards recent bad stretch was a trip to New York. The Wizards capped their stay in the City, beating the Nets with possibly their best team effort of the year. Second chance points and ball movement was the story of the night for the Wizards.
John Wall, again, was near flawless in the first half of the game, making all five of his shots including three 3-pointers. Wall finished the game with 21 points and six assists, but also committed six turnovers which has plagued him the last few games. His right hand man Bradley Beal, coming off of his heroic game Monday, sealed the game last night with another clutch 3-pointer to put the Wizards up six with 1:08 left in the game.
As expected with Nene’s return, the Wizards bench got stronger. Nene came off the bench tonight to score 17 points and the bench as a whole scored 45 points.
The ball movement was key most of the night as Randy Wittman noted after the game, “I thought our bigs passed the ball, interior-wise, as good as we’ve done. I’m really pleased. I thought it was one of our better overall games.”
The Wizards had seven guys in double figures.
MVP: The Wizards bench. – 45 points, 17 rebounds.
Realizing that Nene, a normal starter, came off the bench last night boosted the production but going forward, if the Wizards can get this type of production off the bench, they could easily be the East’s third best team. The Wizards were able to stay two steps ahead the Nets all night because there was no drop off with the bench.
With a team effort like tonight, everyone on the court pulled their weight in some capacity. With seven out of 10 guys in double figures, you’d be hard pressed to find a scapegoat tonight.
Key stat of the game: – Wizards 23 second chance points; Nets only 3.
Trevor Booker was the man driving the bus for this stat. Book grabbed nine offensive rebounds alone, keeping plenty of possessions alive which allowed the Wizards to keep the lead for most of the game.
Tweet of the night:
Jan got the DNP-CD Award tonight.
Just realizing this game is sans a certain high-rising, free throw missing, energy forward. Can't play everyone, I spose. #WizardsTalk
— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) December 19, 2013