Wizards Get The Monkey Off Their Back


Finally, the Wizards held on and dominated for four quarters. Tonight’s 97 to 76 win was all Wizards, all the time.

They came racing out of the gates and proceed to hold a 19 point halftime lead. Of course there were jokes — as well as legitimate concerns — over whether or not the Wizards could actually hold on to a double-digit lead this time, but the Wizards never looked back and never let their lead dwindle, as Philadelphia never got closer than 14 points.

And I couldn’t be any happier. It’s always great to see the Wizards win, and selfishly, it’s terrible writing about loss after loss. But we don’t have to worry about that tonight.

Now on to some happy Bullets Points:

  • Tonight’s win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Wizards.
  • Welcome back, Cartier Martin. Wow. He played well last night in Indiana in his season-debut for the team, but tonight he tied his career-high in points with 20. He knocked down big shots and drained four 3-pointers, and shot 8 for 12 from the field. He also pulled down six rebounds and posted a plus-20 in his 26 minutes.
  • As the Wizards came out of the locker room for the third quarter, many fans were concerned about the team holding on to their 19 point halftime lead. However, Nene eased their worries and made sure there wouldn’t be a collapse to start the second half. He scored 10 of his 16 points in the third quarter, eight of which came off of jump shots.
  • Jordan Crawford’s streak of seven straight games of 20 or more points came to an end, but he did have 17 points (7/17 FG), 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and only one turnover.
  • The funk continues for John Wall. His jump shot was way off tonight, as he only scored 9 points (4/12 FG). However, he also had 6 assists, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks.
  • I thought Jan Vesely had one of the best games of his short career. Granted, Vesely hasn’t had a lot of good games as a rookie, but tonight he set a career-high with 11 rebounds. The Wizards out-hustled the 76ers all game long, which led to second chance opportunities, and Vesely was a big part of that.
  • The development of Kevin Seraphin continued tonight. Remember once upon a time when we used to make fun of Seraphin’s jump shot? Unfortunately, I do. Now, he’s making them with confidence. Tonight he scored 14 points (7/11 FG), pulled down 7 rebounds, and even handed out 3 assists. If you’re not a #SeraPhan already, you should be.
  • The Wizards have now held opponents to under 100 points in eight straight games.
  • Trevor Booker left in the first quarter with a strained left fascia and never returned. It’s unfortunate, but no surprise, given that he’s been dealing with knee tendinitis and plantar fasciitis in that same foot for a few weeks now.
  • What was a surprise was Nene leaving the game with just over 7 minutes remaining with the same injury as Booker, a strained fascia. He missed this past Sunday’s game in Boston with back spams, but this was his first known injury to his foot since he’s been here in Washington.
  • Tonight’s box score

After getting win number 12 tonight, the Wizards will get a day to relax and prepare for their next game.

Next up for the Wizards is a trip to Canada on Sunday to face the Toronto Raptors for an April Fools’ Day match-up.

See you fools then.

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