Well, I can’t say that I expected that. Washington came out blazing the entire game, which lead to a stunning upset victory against the red hot New York Knicks. Here are the Bullet Points:
- Bradley Beal, who I expected to play, sat out of tonight’s game due to that right wrist injury.
- New York is by far the oldest NBA team in the league. Kurt Thomas is approximately 20 years older than Bradley Beal. That’s old, folks.
- Prior to tonight’s victory, Washington had lost 10 straight games against the Knicks.
- Washington started off the game on a 7-0 run. That included a few Emeka Okafor buckets and a John Wall ‘and one’.
- There was a sequence in the first quarter in which Wall completely annihilated Carmelo Anthony’s shot, blazed by the defenders, and finished with a spin layup over Jason Kidd.
- Despite their hot start, Washington’s eleven point lead vanished fairly quickly. Carmelo Anthony hit a pair of three point shots, and Amar’e Stoudemire was active in the post.
- Martell Webster scored 13 points in the first quarter, including three 3 pointers. He finished with 19 points. He’s not a big name, so I don’t expect Webster to be in the three point competition, but he truly deserves it.
- Wall finished the first quarter by going coast to coast in 5 seconds. Fastest player in the league.
- John Wall’s former college coach, John Calipari was apparently at the game tonight. He was boo’d when shown on the ‘jumbo tron’.
- Stoudemire played well in the second quarter, abusing Seraphin in the post. He finished with 19 points and 6 rebounds off the bench. According to Walt Frazier, STAT played well due to “Seraphin’s terrible D.”
- Stoudemire and Wall got into a bit of an altercation in the third quarter. After Wall drove to the basket, Amar’e inadvertently pushed him. Wall obviously took exception to it. Both guys were hit with technical fouls.
- Wizards were up by 3 at halftime, 51-48. Ariza hit four of six shot attempts in the first half, including 3 three point shots. Washington shot 53 percent to end the first half.
- Washington opened up with another run, scoring 6 unanswered points. Wall struggled to hit the open jump shot, and the Knicks were basically daring him to shoot.
- Ariza started the third quarter with a four point play, and Washington took the lead by one. Ariza played great tonight. He scored a season high 20 points. Best of all, Ariza knocked down 5 three pointers tonight. Washington shot 55 percent from beyond the arc. That’s ridiculous.
- Washington started the fourth quarter with yet another run. They scored 8 unanswered points. John Wall picked New York’s defense apart. He scored 21 points to go along side 9 assists. He committed 6 turnovers, but I liked the fact that he didn’t lose confidence. For a guy coming off an injury, Wall looked just as fast, if not faster, than he was prior to his setback. Welcome back, John.
- Tonight’s box score.
The Wizards are now above .500 with John Wall in the lineup. From Chris Singleton to Trevor Ariza, everyone had a hand in tonight’s win. Coming into the game, I honestly didn’t think Washington had a chance.
Everyone did their part in tonight’s victory. Despite Carmelo Anthony’s 31 points, Washington was able to fend off New York and pull off yet another upset.
This one feels good. Enjoy, Wizards fans.