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Wizards vs. Bobcats: Booker and Wall spearhead road ambush


Wizards 97 – Bobcats 83

January 8, 2014
Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
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This time the Wizards turned the tables in the 3rd quarter. After two straight performances getting embarrassed in the 3rd period, the Wizards broke this game open with a 17-0 run after halftime, leading by as many as 19 points.

Trevor Booker was the theme of that key 17-0 run, getting it started by leading a fast break and throwing an alley oop to John Wall, before rattling off 8 more points of his own. While Booker led the charge in the 3rd quarter, Beal closed this game out in the 4th quarter, introducing himself to the 2014 portion of the season. Beal broke out of a funk, shooting 10-18 from the field & scored nine points in the 4th quarter securing the lead.

The Wizards are on a weird stretch as of late, now having won 5 out of their last 6 road games, while losing 5 of their last 6 games at the home. This game started off very dull just as the atmosphere. It seemed as if the game was being played at a matinee movie theater with “Gigli” being the showing. Both teams were pretty even in the first half, but it was clear the Wizards had went in to the locker room at halftime & made a pact to dominate out the gates in the second half.

The price of a matinee ticket to “Gigli” may actually be equivalent to a ticket to #WizBobcats


MVP: Marcin Gortat – 18 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks

Marcin had his best game in a while and showed how successful this team can be when he’s impacting both sides of the floor. As impressive as his points and rebounds were, his defense on Al Jefferson may have been the key as he held Jefferson to just 6 points.

LVP: Trevor Ariza – 4 points, 2-6 shooting

Hey Trevor, please join your teammates in the year 2014. Ariza is now shooting 8-for-28 in the last four games and his minimal production as a starter is handicapping this team.

Key stat of the game: – Only 7 team turnovers

In the Wizards’ 3-game losing streak they averaged 16 turnovers per game. Tonight, there was less sloppy basketball and more of maximized possessions.

What’s next

The road moves on to New Orleans. The Wizards may have caught a break as Ryan Anderson is out with an injury for the Pelicans.

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