John Wall was the best player on the floor tonight, and that's why the Wizards won tonight. I know that's blunt and overly simplistic, but that's the only way to explain what happened tonight. Even though the Nuggets have a Manimal, John Wall was the only beast on the floor tonight.
His 9 point, 12 assist, 8 rebound performance doesn't do any justice to how Wall had his way with the Nuggets tonight in every aspect of the game, and how his athleticism fueled up the rest of his teammates. The rest of the Wizards played like they were bigger, stronger and faster, even when that wasn't the case. Kris Humphries was sprinting around like Usain Bolt, because he knew Wall would find him for easy points, and wouldn't you know it, Humphries wound up with a team-high 20 points. Rasual Butler was pulling off moves no 35 year old should be trying because he knew Wall would be able to clean up his mess if things didn't work out.
When you play with that kind of confidence, 30 point blowouts tend to follow. Here's what else we learned tonight:
John Wall hosted a block party, and everyone was invited (except Wilson Chandler)
The highlight of the night came from John Wall, who blocked Wilson Chandler's shot, reported it for spam, and then sent a follow-up e-mail to Twitter to make sure they got his request before this ball landed.
Wall wasn't the only one that got in on the action, though. Kevin Seraphin, Otto Porter and Rasual Butler each had a pair of blocks to their credit. Nene also had a block, but it was on Nate Robinson, so that only counts for half in our books.
The bench delivered once again
Ryan hit the nail on the head with his breakdown of how the Wizards' bench has been the key to the team's success in spite of injuries to Bradley Beal and Nene this season. They came through once again in the second quarter, helping the Wizards pull away thanks to contributions from everyone. It says something that Nene (albeit in his first game back from injury) probably had the quietest game of anyone on the second unit tonight.
Andre Miller had an ideal revenge game
Andre Miller only had 4 points, but had 7 dimes (including a pair of beautiful alley-oops) in just 15 minutes of action. Given how his time in Denver ended, I'm sure he'll be going to sleep tonight with a smile (or however close Andre Miller can get to making a smile) on his face knowing he was a +20 against Brian Shaw and the Nuggets.
Thanks for the free chicken, JaVale
Near the end of the blowout, JaVale McGee (who didn't enter the game until the fourth quarter) missed a pair of free throws that gave fans at the Verizon Center free chicken sandwiches.
If that's not the surest sign that things truly have changed in Washington, I'm not sure what is.