It’s the end of the season, so you know what that means — the Wizards will streak to the finish line. And tonight, led by John Wall’s brilliance, the Wizards won in Cleveland 96-85 to win their fifth straight game.
Just like it has been over the course of the past few weeks, there were a lot of good signs and impressive performances. So let’s get to them with the Bullets Points:
- Some performance by John Wall, huh? He finished with 21 points (7/16 FG), 13 assists, 7 rebounds, and 7 steals. So he wasn’t just close to a triple-double; he almost had a quadruple-double! It was his fourth straight double-double — which is the most he’s ever had consecutively in his short two-year career. Wall was terrific all game long, but it was the third quarter where he put on a show. He blocked shots; seemed to be everywhere on defense; fed cutters; got into the lane at will; knocked down a jump shot; and dropped dimes like they were going out of style.
- Overshadowed by Wall’s performance will be Shelvin Mack. The steady rookie had himself a quarter in the second period, when he had four assists.
- Jan Vesely had a career-high 12 rebounds.
- Brian Cook was the only active player on either team to not score.
- Even though the Wizards out-rebounded the Cavaliers 50 to 42, the Wizards were getting beat out on the glass in the first half far too often. I made the point on Twitter that I love the potential of the Wizards frontcourt as is, but the team still needs a big-time rebounder.
- Tonight’s box score
It was a really good overall performance by the Wizards against an albeit poor Cavaliers team. But a win is a win, and the Wizards did just that.
Next up for the Wizards is the season finale tomorrow night in Washington against the Miami Heat.
James Straton will have your recap.