John Wall nailed a pair of jumpers in the final minute of overtime to guide the Wizards to a 119-113 win over the Nets on Saturday night. His heroics in overtime covered up a rough second half for Washington in which the team blew a 20 point halftime lead and gave up a 14-5 run over the final four minutes of regulation.
The Wizards started the game firing on all cylinders. Marcin Gortat and Markieff Morris flourished against the Nets’ small starting lineup. They scored or assisted on five of the team’s first seven shots as the Wizards jumped out to an early 20-4 lead. They led by as many as 23 at one point in the first half and carried a 20 point lead into halftime.
The big lead didn’t last long. Brooklyn trimmed the lead down to three in less than ten minutes thanks to strong play on both ends by Quincy Acy and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. The Nets’ run to make it a one-possession game gave Washington the jolt they needed to rebuild some cushion, and Kelly Oubre’s shot to end the third quarter put them back up by 9 heading into the fourth quarter.
It looked like the Wizards might be able to coast to the finish, but Allen Crabbe got hot in the closing minutes, making two threes and assisting on a pair of buckets to give Brooklyn a chance. Then, Quincy Acy hit a three with 9.1 seconds left to even things up.
Wall’s jumper at the end of regulation fell short, but he used to extra five minutes to make up for it. He set up Marcin Gortat for a layup on the first possession of overtime, and then set up Bradley Beal for a pair of threes to get Washington on top.
The Nets got it back to a one possession game with 34 seconds left, but Wall shut the door for good by hitting a jumper on the other end to seal the win.
Marcin Gortat shows out for Polish Heritage Night
Gortat turned in one of his better performances of the season, fittingly on Polish Heritage Night at Capital One Arena. He scored 16 points on 8 shots and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds. He even had a dunk for good measure.
He was quiet in the second half as the Nets focused more attention on protecting the paint, but got a big bucket to start overtime that helped the Wizards get out of their offensive funk and pull away.
- Jodie Meeks played 5:01 and made his only shot a night after getting his first DNP of the season against the Magic.
- Otto Porter didn’t attempt a three-pointer until overtime. If the game hadn’t gone to OT, it would have been the first game all season in which he didn’t attempt a three.
- Kelly Oubre broke out his customized Supreme shoes for the game and turned in one of his best games of the season, scoring 17 points on just 6 shots.
Next up: The Wizards are back in action on Monday afternoon as they host the Bucks at 2 p.m.