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Lucky 13: Wizards Survive Late Grizzlies Comeback Attempt; Keep Home Streak Alive

Wizards 104
Grizzlies 101

January 19, 2017 – Verizon Center, Washington, DC

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“Diving on the floor for loose balls, setting screens, and when you know you’re probably not going to get a shot..sometimes that’s hard to do..”

That’s how head coach Scott Brooks described the little things in the Wizards recent turnaround. In November, the season looked like it was going to be another down year. John Wall dropping 52 in a loss seems like a distant memory. That’s what 13 straight home wins will do to you and the Wizards got that with a 104-101 win over the Grizzlies last night.

“The spirits are little bit higher. In the beginning of the year, we weren’t where we wanted to be, we knew we were a better team but we’re all confident in one another. We’re happy, we’re positive, and we’re all trying to get along and it’s just a matter of let’s just continue to win,” said Bradley Beal.

1st quarter

The Wizards wasted no time on the tip off with five made baskets. John Wall assisted on four of them.

Otto Porter was “Ottomatic” from beyond the three-point line, draining his first four three-pointers.

John Wall picked up his team-leading ninth technical foul of the year.

The Wizards led after the opening quarter 30-24. Otto led the way in scoring with 12 while Wall finished with nine points and five assists.

2nd quarter

Markieff Morris opened the quarter with two big buckets and Jason Smith stole the ball from Marc Gasol and slammed it home to put the Wizards ahead 36-27.

To Jason Smith: we’re sorry for all the things we said. We had no idea.

The bench has been an issue all year but tonight they stepped up. Trey Burke had an and-one near midway through the quarter that put the Wizards ahead 48-33.

Otto continued to heat up. An and-one drew “Otto Porter” chants from the crowd. He finished the first half with 17 points

The Wizards put up 66 points in the first half against the BEST defensive team in the NBA. Coming into tonight the Grizzlies allowed 99.1 PPG. The score at the half was 66-51.

3rd quarter

The Wizards cooled off to start the half as the Grizzlies opened the third on a 9-1 run. The 16-point deficit shrunk to seven until Wall had an out of this world reverse lay-up.

A slam by Morris off a dime by Wall put the Wizards back up by nine.

Beal got in on the dunking party… twice.

The Wizards entered the final quarter with an 83-77 lead.

4th quarter

Hanging onto a slim six-point lead entering the last quarter, Washington got big momentum to start with a bucket by Tomas Satoransky. John Wall made a pair of free throws after a steal and a near highlight-reel layup from under the backboard. Wouldn’t have surprised any of us one bit if that went in.

Porter followed with back-to-back three’s to put the Wizards up 95-83.

The Grizzlies went on a 12-2 run from that point to cut the deficit to 97-95. Setting up for an exciting finish. From there, John Wall put the team on his back with two straight layups. The second one was a thing of beauty on transition. After Otto got a steal, Wall got the ball and put a good fake on Marc Gasol and drove in for the finish. That put the Wizards up 101-95.

Morris got a steal and Wall got fouled and as he went to the free throw line, “MVP” chants broke out.

After he made both free throws, the Wizards held a comfortable 103-96 lead but it wasn’t comfortable enough. The Grizzlies came back. A three by Vince Carter pulled the visitors within three with 9.9 seconds left and on the next Wizards possession Beal was called with a jump ball. That gave the Grizzlies a chance at the final shot to force overtime. However, James Ennis III’s three fell short and the Wizards hung on for a 104-101.

“We’re just having fun playing together, helping each other, playing for each other,” said Marcin Gortat.


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The Game’s Top Performer

John Wall – 25 points, 13 assists, 2 steals, 2 rebounds

John Wall posted double figures in points and assists. He left his all on the floor Wednesday night to help the Wizards pull away in the game.


A forgettable night for..

The second half team

The Wizards almost let Memphis back in the game. Leading by 16 at the half and a 12 point lead in the fourth, Memphis made furious runs late in the third and fourth to nearly steal the upset.


Key Stat of the Night

Six 3’s from Otto.

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Otto Porter was on fire from three-point land finishing 6 of 8, a career high. Four of those were knocked down in the first quarter.


What’s next?

The Wizards head to the bright lights of Manhattan for a Thursday night matchup with the Knicks in the basketball mecca of MSG, so they call it. Tip-off is at 8:00 and as if it can’t get crazy enough’ in front of a national audience on TNT. John Wall likes that.

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