All hail Nene. While it may have been John Wall who really made the play, it was fitting that the Big Brazilian was the one to slam home the last-second game-winner over the Pelicans for a 94-93 home victory.
Nene tied his career-high with a game-high 30 points, and was the chief reason the Wizards were in a position to win this game at the end. Wall struggled offensively most of the game before coming alive at the end, making a clutch layup through traffic and then, on a called ISO for himself, finding Nene for the game winner. He finished with 10 points, 12 assists and five turnovers on 4-of-9 shooting.
The Wiz got some solid production from Marcin Gortat (16 points and 10 boards in 30 minutes), but Bradley Beal (11 points, 0-for-5 from three) and Trevor Ariza (four points) both had off nights. Martell Webster had a solid 12-point effort off the bench, and in his first game as a Wizard, Andre Miller recorded five points and three assists in 16 minutes.
But yea, this one was all 'bout Nene. O come, all ye faithful.
68 - Nene's shooting percentage against the Pelicans. He made 13-of-19 shots.
31 - Combined shooting percentage of Pelicans not named Anthony against the Wizards. Whereas Anthony Davis and Anthony Morrow combined to shoot 18-of-26 against Washington, their teammates shot 17-of-55.
TWEETS OF THE NIGHT
oh my— ᴡɪᴢ sᴘᴜʀᴛɪɴ (@Wiz_Spurtin) February 23, 2014
GAME OVER. NENE THE GAWD.— Ben M (@BenAgent0) February 23, 2014
Give Nene the damn MVP— Umair Khan (@UKhanNBA) February 23, 2014
GOD LOVES SLAM DUNKS— wizznutzz (@wzzntzz) February 23, 2014
NENEDEMPTION. #WIZARDS— Conor Dirks (@ConorDDirks) February 23, 2014
sick play!!!!! #Wiz— Eric Bickel (@EBJunkies) February 23, 2014
What a play! #WallStar— The Ball Hogs (@BallHogsRadio) February 23, 2014
Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) February 23, 2014
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) February 23, 2014
NENENENENENENENENENENENENENENENENENENENENENENENENENNENENENENENENENENENENENNENENENNENENNENE— Jack Kogod (@Unsilent) February 23, 2014
that was #SoNotWizards— wizznutzz (@wzzntzz) February 23, 2014
*slow clap* Great pass, Johnny.— Ben M (@BenAgent0) February 23, 2014
NENE DUNK ON THE WALL DISH!!!! WIZARDS WIN 94-93!!!!! ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!!!!!!!— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) February 23, 2014
One of Wall's best plays of the year. Two Wall-to-Nene plays out of the timeout tonight. Both successful. Great, great, great play. #Wizards— Conor Dirks (@ConorDDirks) February 23, 2014
ERRRYBODY GO TO CCHURCH 2MORROW!!! GOD IS GOOD!! NENE IS BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!— wizznutzz (@wzzntzz) February 23, 2014
#NeneJams FTW— HELLO my name is (@JohnCTownsend) February 23, 2014
The Wizards pull off wins like THAT now?— David Steele (@David_C_Steele) February 23, 2014
That game wasn't fun UNTIL IT WAS SUPER FREAKING AWESOME. Wizards win 94-93 over Pelicans. Nene THE LEGEND with 30 and 7.— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) February 23, 2014
John Wall's 12th dime wins the Wizards the game. Amazing finish. You want the ball in Wall's hands in the closing seconds.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) February 23, 2014
#Pray2Nene lol— Ward Watkins (@PhoneBoothWiz) February 23, 2014
Lord Nene! Behold, thou hast made heaven & earth by thy great power & stretched-out arm & there is nothing too hard for thee -Jeremiah 32:17— wizznutzz (@wzzntzz) February 23, 2014
Snakey is pumped pic.twitter.com/lvc4O6AJL3— Umair Khan (@UKhanNBA) February 23, 2014
Nene has a Nene bobblehead in his locker. Nene is Nene's biggest fan. #Nene— HELLO my name is (@JohnCTownsend) February 23, 2014
Pray-nê RT @BenStandig: Nene on the GW-dunk: "I just prayed. I wanted to finish with the ball in my hands. They put the ball into my hands."— Danny (@recordsANDradio) February 23, 2014
VIDEO/GIF OF THE NIGHT
You know what's coming.
GAMETHREAD COMMENT OF THE NIGHT
As noted in BNIE's game recap, there was really no other choice.
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