Coming into the game, Washington had dropped three straight home games to the New Orleans Hornets. After tonight’s dominating victory, the Wizards have swept the Hornets in the season series.
John Wall was absolutely spectacular tonight. To say he was in the ‘zone’ would be an understatement. Wall has looked more and more comfortable shooting open jump shots as of late, but he has never knocked down as many jumpers as he did tonight. John Wall scored a season high 29 points, making 12 of his 15 shot attempts. I believe 10 or 11 of his made shots were jump shots. He also had 9 assists to go along side just 3 turnovers. Oh, he also knocked down 3 shots from beyond the arc. I mean, it was unbelievable. Wizards fans transform into giddy schoolgirls as soon as John Wall hits a three pointer. To be honest, it’s quite hard to even contain my excitement writing this game recap. After the game, Wall spoke about how important it was for him not to fall in love with his shot, but rather look for the best available shot. Wall’s offense was executed to perfection tonight. Wall, who is known for his ability to get to the basket, made only one layup tonight (not counting the contested floater). Wall has averaged over 26 points in the past three games, which has been a direct result of his increased confidence. I realize that his seemingly automatic jump shot is probably unsustainable, but it’s great to see how well John Wall could dominate the game when he’s hitting on all cylinders.
Washington struggled defensively in the first half, but picked it up in the second half. Rookie sensation, Anthony Davis, scored 12 of his 16 points in the first quarter. Nene and Okafor didn’t do a great job defending off pick and roll situations, resulting into easy buckets for the ‘unibrow’. Nene and Okafor finished with a combined four rebounds. Thankfully, Trevor Booker snatched up 13 boards off the bench. I think it’s safe to say that the ‘Cook Book’ is back. Aside from Martell Webster doing Martell Webster things, Cartier Martin also provided a spark off the bench. It’s great to see him get some of his rhythm back.
The Wizards will look to win their third straight tomorrow night, as they will meet the Phoenix Suns for the first time all season.
Did I forget to mention how great John Wall was tonight? Well, he was great.