Wall Springs into April and Leads the Wizards to VictoryPosted on April 03, 2013 by Dave Johnson
By Dave Johnson
March was the best month of John Wall’s career. On Tuesday at Verizon Center Wall served noticed that there is more to come in April when he flirted with a triple-double and helped guide the Washington Wizards to a 90-86 win over the Chicago Bulls.
Wall christened the new month with 27 points, 9 assists, 8 rebounds and only one turnover. It was arguably his best all-around performance of the season and follows his 18-point, 10 assist and only one-turnover-performance in Sunday’s win over the Toronto Raptors.
To go with Wall’s masterful display, the Wizards had to fight to secure their win over the Bulls. To start the game the Wizards struggled on defense and were down 16-6 in the first quarter. The game was not tied until the third quarter and with a more aggressive defensive approach the Wizards were able to wiggle their way to a 70-69 lead going to the fourth quarter.
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Wall dictated the pace of the game, fellow guard A.J. Price helped deliver the
win with 8 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter. Perhaps lost in box score
Trevor Booker’s intensity on defense helped change the game and the Wizards held
the Bulls to 37 points in the second half on 31 percent shooting from the
The Wizards have now won eight straight games at home, but now must translate their offensive efficiency and defensive intensity to the road when they play the Raptors on Wednesday night for the second time in four days.
“This was, I thought, a really positive step again for us in learning and moving in the direction we want to go. We didn’t particularly, I think you can ask any of our players in there, play our ‘A’ game, yet we gutted a win out. We gutted a win out and 82 games you’re not going to have your ‘A’ game and to be a good team and move in the direction we want to move in, you have got to find a way to win when you don’t have that and defensively that was tonight.”
Coverage of the Wizards and Raptors begins at 6:45 on the Washington Wizards Radio Network.
Raptors have lost seven of their last eight games including a 109-92 loss to
the Wizards on Sunday night.
most recently lost to the Pistons Monday night at home 108-98 despite a strong
34-point performance by Rudy Gay. The Raptors were up 79-75 after the third
quarter, but were outscored 33-19 in the fourth. Detroit went on a 15-2 run in
the first 4:15 of the fourth quarter.
game was a poor performance by the Toronto bench, which was outscored by Detroit
Monday night’s loss to Detroit, Coach Dwane Casey said, “Our goal was to knock
on the door and get into the playoffs. A couple of weeks ago we saw that light
but it faded when we could not take care of games against Washington, Cleveland
loss in Washington Sunday night put the Wizards up 2-1 in the season series. Bradley
Beal led the Wizards in scoring with 24 points including 6 3-pointers. Jonas
Valanciunas had a double-double scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 boards.
Bradley Beal was coming off the bench, the Wizards’ reserves outscored the
Toronto bench 62-25.
Gay feels his role is as important as ever right now: “Just this last
go-around, I want to be a leader out there.” He added, “Obviously we are
playing a lot of younger players. I’m just trying to help them grow as fast as
they can and just be a veteran.”
is averaging 18 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 36.2 minutes per game.
During his last ten games however, his assists and points were slightly higher
despite about six minutes less of playing time. Gay’s time on the floor has
been reduced as he’s been dealing with back spasms of late.
only injury to report for Toronto is Andrea Bargnani who is out for the
remainder of the season after being diagnosed with an avulsion sprain of his
right elbow in early March.
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