The start of this game had blowout written all over it. A 22-6 start by the Wizards had the Thunder use up their comeback to bring it to 36-32 toward the end of the first. The Wizards extended their lead to 13 at halftime in what still seemed to be a basketball game.
Coming out of halftime the Wizards had that look in their eyes as they made it rain on the Thunder.
The Wizards led 47-44 with 8:09 left in the 2Q.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) February 14, 2017
Over the next 14-ish min, 44-13.
During their run, the Thunder went 0-23 from the field as Wall picked apart their defense. It seemed like every possession Wall was leading Porter, Keef, Gortat, or Beal to the right spot with perfect passes. He ended the game with 15 points and 14 assists.
For a brief moment in the fourth quarter, the Thunder threatened a comeback, so Scott Brooks put some of the starters back in. Washington quickly went back up about 24 points and they cruised to a victory.
Here were the leaders from the game
- Bradley Beal: 22 points (6/7 from three) and 3 assists
- Markieff Morris: 23 points (8-14 from the field, 3/3 from three)
- Otto Porter: 18 points and 12 rebounds
- John Wall: 15 points and 14 assists
Big Step for Big Panda
Bradley Beal set a single-season career high in 3-point makes (141) & attempts (359) in the first quarter of tonights game. This is a huge step for Beal mainly because the Wizards are only 54 games into the season. If Beal can stay healthy and keep performing like he is, hopefully people will stop mentioning his massive contract and start mentioning him as an All-Star.
Is John getting #WallStar calls now?
The Wizards have been getting a lot of national attention because of their recent success (it is well deserved). Wall is the best player on the team and in tonights game he was getting away with a lot and getting calls. On one particular fast break, Wall did something he rarely does and gave up the assist on a fast break for a dunk. He missed the dunk and got the foul because it looked as though he was clipped by Oladipo. Looking back on it, Wall didn’t even seem to be touched. Does this mean our golden boy is officially getting super star calls?
Battle of the Point Gods
Russell Westbrook only played 24 minutes where he shot 5-19 from the field and 0-4 from three. He finished with 17 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds and a +/- of -36… It is safe to say Wall won the point guard battle hoisting a +/- of +31 and a handful of highlights shown below.
Your Every Game John Wall Fancy Passes:
And NBA GMs think John Wall cant pass… yeah right.
John Wall (15p, 10a) dishes a between-the-legs dime for the SLAM! pic.twitter.com/4DAg2AZbns— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 14, 2017
The Wizards play against the Pacers in Indianapolis this Thursday February 16th at 7:00 p.m. for their last game before the All-Star break. Washington beat them 112-107 just last Friday, so expect Indy to look for some revenge before the break begins.