Wizards Set Portland Ablaze

The Wizards traveled to Portland’s Rose Garden for a Valentine’s Day match-up and torched the Trail Blazers, led by the backcourt, in a dominating 124 to 109 victory.

Now on to the “Bullets Points”

  • Trail Blazers’ All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge left the game early after only playing two minutes. He made a turn-around jumper and came down on Trevor Booker’s foot, rolling his ankle. He never returned.
  • Nicolas Batum picked up the slack for Portland by adding 33 points. However, he and Gerald Wallace were the only reasons Portland was even competitive in this game.
  • John Wall picked up right where he left off from the end of Sunday’s win at Detroit. He had 29 points (10/14 shooting) and 9 assists. On the Wizards’ second offensive possession he made a three, he also showed off his floater, his mid-range jumper, and the coast-to-coast speed we’ve all grown accustomed to. The full arsenal was on display for the John Wall haters and doubters. And just for good measure he knocked down a long two point shot on the last offensive possession.
  • Nick Young and Jordan Crawford were on fire tonight. They combined to shoot 21 of 33, make eight 3-pointers (7 by Nick Young), and score 56 points. Nick Young was simply unconscious, especially in the third quarter. Jordan Crawford was hot in the first half, but once the attention began to drift to Nick, he put on a show once again in the fourth quarter.
  • Simply put, the backcourt was sensational. No other way to describe John Wall, Nick Young, and Jordan Crawford tonight.
  • For the second straight game Jan Vesely provided a glimpse into the future. He showed the hustle and energy that this team he needs. He had 3 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks in his 29 minutes. Unfortunately, he also fouled out. Fouling has been an issue for Vesely as a rookie, so it’s something he’ll have to continue to work through and improve on.
  • Fellow rookie Chris Singleton didn’t share similar success. Starting once again, he had 4 points, 3 rebounds, missed both his three point attempts, and struggled defending veteran Gerald Wallace. Just one of those games for a rookie.
  • JaVale McGee had his highlights and lowlights — not unlike any other game. His final numbers were good, he had 18 points, 11 rebounds, and one block. At one point he made four consecutive free throws and he made a mid-range jumper. Unforutnately he came back to shoot a fading jump shot from the wing and missed everything, he also threw up some hook shots to no avail, got dunked on by Nicolas Batum, and gambled on defense way too much for Wizards’ fans liking.
  • Veterans Rashard Lewis and Mo Evans both struggled, per usual. Rashard came in early when Chris Singleton got into early foul trouble and looked like his old useless self. He struggled on defense and at one point barely got off the ground to catch a John Wall half-court pass in transition where he could have finished at the rim. Mo Evans only played four minutes.
  • Prior to tonight, the most points Portland had allowed in a game this season was 111 to Oklahoma City in overtime. Tonight the Wizards scored 124, and had 100 with just under nine minutes left.
  • As a team the Wizards shot 60% from the field, 52.9% from three point range, made nine three pointers — seven from Nick Young, one from Jordan Crawford, and one from John Wall.
  • The best +/- of the night went to Jordan Crawford. He posted a +24 in his 30 minutes of playing time.
  • In fact, none of the Wizards players posted a negative +/-. The lowest +/- went to Mo Evans who had a +1 in his four minutes.
  • This was the Wizards’ first win in Portland since 2005 and the first time the team has won back-to-back road games since 2008.
  • By winning by 15 tonight, it marked the first time in franchise history the team has won back-to-back road games by at least 15 points.
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This game offered Wizards fans a chance to peer into the future and see what this team can be. We saw John Wall in command, knocking down jumpers, and showing a complete offensive arsenal. Nick Young couldn’t miss and was a sniper from deep. Jordan Crawford provided the instant offense off the bench and was efficient. Jan Vesely did all the little things a team needs. Hopefully it continues, because a lot of progress is being made.

Next up the Wiz look to make it an unthinkable three straight wins on the road tonight when they travel to Los Angeles to face the Clippers.

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