Wizards 116 Lakers 111
November 26, 2013
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
Staples Center East was rockin’ tonight to what looked to be a 90% capacity crowd on a rainy Tuesday night. The crowd was treated to an all-out offensive onslaught that saw twelve players score in double figures, including all of Washington’s starters.
In a game that began with everyone wondering who was going to step up in place of the injured Bradley Beal, everyone stood up to the challenge. Most impressive was Nene (who will be discussed in full below), but honorable mentions have to go to Wall and Webster. Wall scored 31 points, his third game in a row with 30 points or more, and Webster caught on fire in the fourth quarter, scoring 20 points and nailing four three-pointers.
Wittman said that the guys wanted to go out there and play for Beal and Ariza mentioned after the game that in order to keep this up, someone’s going to have to keep stepping up every game. If tonight was any sign, these guys should be able to make up the point differential as long as the teamwork stays in tact.
MVP: Nene – career high 30 points, 5 assists, 13-22 FG
This is actually a tough choice, seeing as both Nene and John Wall had career nights, but Nene is going to slightly edge out Wall for MVP tonight. With a career high 30 points, Nene was dominant from the second the game started. Scoring 12 points in the first quarter, it was obvious that he was going to have some kind of night.
Going 13-22 in 37 minutes, it felt like anything he threw up went in. Even more impressive was his five assists as he often found a streaking Wall or a wide open Webster. And what does a guy who just had one of the best games of his career say after the game with a smile?
“I’m more happy for John. That kid has been ballin’ for weeks…”
How do you not love this guy?
LVP: Team defense
The entire team gets the least valuable player, but only on one side of the court: defense. Thank goodness it went both ways, but the Wizards defense was atrocious tonight, allowing the Lakers to go 13-28 from three-point land and allowing Nick Young to look like a good Nick Young. Don’t get used to such open lanes, guys, not every team is going to let you pick up 116 points while you sit back and let them go shot-for-shot with you.
Key stat of the game: – Chris Singleton: 1 minute of game time. Just kidding..kind of..
No, but really, the stat of the night would have to be the Wizards 15 steals. This proved to be crucial as it led to the high number of fastbreak points, including one flashy 360 dunk by the max contract man himself.
Tweet of the night:
If this were NBA Jam, the ball would have smoke coming out of it when Nene touched it.
— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) November 27, 2013