Washington Wizards Beat Memphis Grizzlies, Get Third Straight Win
Are the Washington Wizards…good again? Thanks for the early Christmas present, Santa.
Over the past several games, the Wizards have looked like a competent basketball team. That might not seem like a big deal, but it actually is. They have seven or eight players that are available. Bradley Beal, Nene, Alan Anderson, Drew Gooden, Gary Neal, Otto Porter and the ghost of Yi Jianlian have all missed game action.
Garrett Temple has suddenly morphed into Larry Hughes, Kelly Oubre is threatening to take Otto Porter’s spot as our beloved young son, Jared Dudley forgot how to miss and Kris Humphries is hitting threes again.
Washington is playing their best basketball of the season right now and that didn’t change on Wednesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies.
A few weeks ago, the Grizzlies destroyed the Wizards in Memphis. Tonight, they got their revenge at home, winning their third straight game and inching closer to the .500 mark.
Right from the start, Washington started to light it up from deep. Wall connected with Oubre several times, Dudley hit a few from the perimeter and Temple continued to shoot lights out too.
Off the bench, Humphries drilled two shots from beyond the three point arc and Ramon Sessions was so good that Mario Chalmers opted to get himself ejected. The free throws coupled with stops on the other end of the floor helped the Washington Wizards get a 20 point advantage before halftime.
Washington eventually cooled off, but they had enough to close out the game and get the win.
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Wall dropped another double-double, scoring 14 points and dishing out 14 assists.
He hit a key three point shot that extended Washington’s lead.
Marcin Gortat also had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
While the Polish Hammer has been impressive offensively, his defense against Marc Gasol — whom many consider the best big man in the NBA — was even more noteworthy.
Gortat forced Gasol into tough fadeaway shots inside, not allowing him to find his rhythm. When Gasol is in a groove, he’s undoubtedly one of the most difficult players to stop. The Grizzlies run their offense through Gasol and Gortat nullified him tonight. Gasol scored just 11 points.
Dudley continued to live up to his Mr. Efficiency gimmick, adding 11 points on five of seven shooting with six rebounds and three assists. Oubre scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
The rookie has done a tremendous job staying aggressive and the hesitancy that was there at the beginning of the season is gone. Now he just has to learn how to defend without fouling.
Temple, who’s played the best basketball of his career this season, had another 20 point game. He shot 9 threes and made three of them.
Not only is he contributing offensively, but he’s set the tone for Washington with his defense and hustle. His production has been invaluable and it’ll be interesting to see how he fits into the rotation once Bradley Beal returns. I’m certain that he’ll find a way on the court.
Sessions scored 16 points off the bench and continues to be the best backup point guard the Wizards have had in at least a decade. Without his penetration and ability to draw fouls, the Wizards wouldn’t have won tonight’s game. Kudos to Ernie Grunfeld for getting Sessions and Dudley for Andre Miller.
The Washington Wizards will have a few days to rest before heading to Brooklyn to take on the Nets. Happy Holidays, everyone. Hopefully the Wizards have brought you some holiday joy. If you’re lucky enough to spend this time with your family, please enjoy it and don’t take it for granted. Tootles.