The Washington Wizards are back to .500...and you're already bored because you've read this a bajillion times already this season.
Okay, fine, you've now read that four times this season, but whatever. The point is, this teams loves having an even record. The good news yesterday was that Bradley Beal bounced back in a big way from a recent slump in leading Washington to a 107-99 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Beal scored a team-high 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting (3-of-4 from three, 3-of-3 on FTs) and also led the Wizards with nine rebounds and eight assists.
That, along with 16 points in 23 minutes from Kevin Seraphin and another double-double from Marcin Gortat (19 points, 11 rebounds), was enough for the Wiz to endure a substandard box score from John Wall, who scored 14 points to go with five assists and five boards.
At 20-20 and with a Wednesday home date against the Boston Celtics, can the Wizards finally break through and end up with a winning record? We're running out of fingers to cross.
Home team recaps: BF StoryStream | Washington Post (gamer, sidebar) | AP | CSN Washington (recap, bench sidebar, Beal sidebar) | Wiz of Awes | Wizards.com | Monumental Network | Daily Wizdom
Road team recaps: Liberty Ballers | Philly Inquirer (gamer, sidebar) | Philly Daily News | CSN Philly (recap, sidebar) | The News Journal | Delaware County Daily Times | Hoop76 | The Sixer Sense
Postgame interviews: Randy Wittman | John Wall | Bradley Beal | Martell Webster | Marcin Gortat | Kevin Seraphin
68 - Percentage of Washington field goals that came off assists (25-of-37) against Philadelphia.
41 - Percentage of Sixers field goals that came off assists (15-of-37) against the Wizards.
TWEETS OF THE NIGHT
Every time Evan Turner scores against the Wizards, David Falk cackles maniacally while stroking a purebred cat.— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) January 20, 2014
Nothing like a little mid-afternoon JANNNNNNNNNNNNN— Andrew Sharp (@andrewsharp) January 20, 2014
Verizon Center turns into Qwest Field when free chicken is at stake.— Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) January 20, 2014
RW: "It’s not a magical thing, all of a sudden fairy dust is going to fall on us if we get over .500, we’re not going to lose another game."— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) January 20, 2014
"You love bringing up .500 ... I outta... Which one of these [recorders] is yours?" -Wittman to a reporter asking about .500, #wizards— Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It) January 20, 2014
VIDEO/GIF OF THE NIGHT
GAMETHREAD COMMENT OF THE NIGHT
|14||little stevie colter||21|
|42||John Wall Stan||1|