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Wizards Cage Wolves Behind Another Monster Performance From Wall

Wizards 112
Timberwolves 105

January 6, 2017 – Verizon Center, Washington, DC

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The Washington Wizards have a nine-game winning streak at home for the first time since April 6, 2013 and just the fourth time they have been streaking this long in DC in the 21st century. Although Andrew Wiggins went off for 41 points, it took him 30 field goal attempts to do so. In addition, Washington kept Karl-Anthony Towns, Zach LaVine, and Ricky Rubio under their season average in points. That coupled with 58.2 percent shooting from the field and six players in double figures led to a 112-105 Wizards victory.

1st quarter

Andrew Wiggins was proving his worth as a first overall pick in the first quarter by dropping 15 points in the frame. The third-year wing was 6 of 10 from the field and added an assist and steal. Luckily for Washington, his fiery start died down in the second quarter before picking back up again.

Despite the onslaught from Wiggins, the Wizards were able to deliver free McGriddles thanks to a hot shooting start. Washington was 13 of 20, 65 percent, including 4 of 6 from beyond the arc resulting in a 32-point quarter. At the end of the first 12 minutes of play, the home team led 32-29.

2nd quarter

What has gotten into Marcin Gortat? In the last two home games, he has dunked nine times. He dunked nine times successfully in the other 33 games combined. Gortat finished with a perfect 9 of 9 from the field to go along with 10 boards and three nice blocks. Wall joked that he has given back his ‘The Polish Machine’ nickname because he is going work in the paint instead of settling for jump shots.

The John Wall highlight reel really got going in the second quarter and continued throughout the rest of the game so we will let the videos tell the story.

3rd quarter

Rut, roh. Here they go again. Minnesota went on a 15-1 run midway through the third quarter behind Wiggins going for 16 in the frame. Wall said they allowed them to get going in transition too much.

The third quarter was really hard to watch from the Washington perspective. The Wizards were giving up too many layups and allowed the Timberwolves to shoot 15 of 23, 65.2 percent. Minnesota had 48 points in the first half, but 37 points in the third quarter. A 13-point swing against a young team that usually struggles in the second half is not acceptable. Minnesota led 85-80 after three quarters.

4th quarter

Whatever Scott Brooks said to his team between quarters should be recorded and kept ready for Washington on the road because the Wizards came out with a purpose in the final quarter: Gortat hook, Gortat lay-up off pick and roll action with Wall, Oubre triple, Smith jumper. Boom just like that Washington rattled off a 9-0 run.

Minnesota briefly took a two-point lead with less than three minutes to play but Wall was not going to have any of that. John Wall scored or assisted on 19 of the Wizards final 21 points in the last 7:08. Washington won at home, again, 112-105 and drew back within one game of .500.

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The Game’s Top Performer

John Wall- 18 points, 18 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals

Who else would we pick? With his 18 and 18 performance, Wall joined Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook as the only other players to combine for that many points in assist this season. That is pretty good company if I do say so myself. On how easy his job is when Wall is facilitating the way he was tonight, Bradley Beal responded “too easy.” Now go and retweet some of our content because John Wall is significantly better than the seven best guard in the East.

A forgettable night for..

Trey Burke

Where was the guy that lit of the Verizon Center with 27 points off the bench? Burke looked timid in his 10 minutes of play and did not facilitate the offense anywhere close to the level that his All-Star teammate did. Washington’s bench his bad and it starts with the lack of a backup point guard they had with Andre Miller and Ramon Sessions.

Key Stat of the Night

Let’s go non-game related. Tonight’s attendance, 18,686, was the third best Verizon Center showing of the season and the best since home opener 11/2 vs. Toronto (19,581) and arrival of The King 11/11 vs. Cavs (20,356). Here is what Wall thought about the support in the Phone Booth.

“The gym is kinda packed more than empty and not getting packed later on. There is a lot of excitement and it’s great to know that when they call our names they are cheering for us. It’s something we can use as an advantage.”

What’s next?

Washington will look to earn their fourth road win of the year when they face off against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday at 2 p.m. on CSN. This will be the fourth and final matchup for the two Eastern Conference playoff contenders and the Wizards will look to earn a 3-1 season series win, which could be important come seeding time.

Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for Hoop District covering the Wizards. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland, College Park. Neil also covers the Washington Redskins for Breaking Burgundy and Maryland Terrapins for Testudo Times. Neil previously covered the Wizards for District Sports Page and is looking forward to bring his in-person coverage to each of the loyal Hoop District followers.

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