With the news that Bradley Beal will miss at least two weeks with a stress injury in his leg, yesterday was a bit of a downer. But the Washington Wizards ended the night on a good note by picking up a solid 116-111 win at home against the Los Angeles Lakers, who were missing their star shooting guard, as well.
John Wall and Nene led the way, the former posting a third-straight 30-point game for the first time in his career, the latter recording a career-high 30 points. Trevor Ariza returned to the starting lineup, but not at the expense of Martell Webster, who filled in for Beal at shooting guard. Each Wizards starter scored in double figures, the team outrebounded the Lakers 42-34, and forced 16 turnovers while committing only 10 itself. To top it off, Wall played the closer role to a tee, scoring 11 of his 13 fourth-quarter points in the final five minutes. All in all, just a solid win.
Home team recaps: BF StoryStream | Washington Post (gamer, Wall sidebar, Nene sidebar) | CSN Washington (recap, Wall sidebar) | AP | Daily Dime | Wiz of Awes | DC Pro Sports Report | The Smoking Section | Ted's Take | Wizards.com | Monumental Network
3 - Consecutive games Wall has scored 30 points or more, the first time he has done so in his career.
30 - Points scored by Nene against the Lakers, a career high.
7 - Points scored by Washington's bench against the Lakers.
48 - Points scored by L.A.'s bench against the Wizards.
TWEETS OF THE NIGHT
If this were NBA Jam, the ball would have smoke coming out of it when Nene touched it.— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) November 27, 2013
D'Antoni on whether that inbounds play was designed for NY: "Nick is in his house, right? He was gonna do it. Should've been a better play."— HELLO my name is (@JohnCTownsend) November 27, 2013
Blatche almost Blatched as Blatche as he Blatched against the Pistons, but it was slightly less Blatche because he Blatched the shot.— devin kharpertian (@uuords) November 27, 2013
VIDEO/GIF OF THE NIGHT
GAMETHREAD COMMENT OF THE NIGHT
|19||Young Wook Lee||7|
|25||Mac The Fan||4|
|28||Do The John Wall||3|
|30||Born of Osiris||3|
|34||capital city banana smushers||3|
|48||John Wall Stan||1|