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BBNBA: Wall Scores 36 as Wizards Beat Rockets in OT


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Good afternoon, folks. Can some please explain the Washington Wizards to me? Let’s talk NBA.

RECAP

  • Ah, yes. The Washington Wizards basketball team. A conundrum more confounding than life itself. The Wizards are currently winners of three of their last four games which includes victories over the Clippers, the Pelicans (without AD), and, most recently, the Rockets. That lone loss came against the team with the best record in the NBA (the Toronto Raptors). Why do these four games matter in particular? Because they’re the first four that have followed since the whole John Wall-Scott Brooks practice ordeal. The one where Wall said “f*** you” to his coach. You know, that old chestnut.
  • Since that outburst and the ensuing Bradley Beal trade rumors that have circulated, the Wizards made some lineup changes to favor more of “small-ball” lineup and it seems to be working. The team is averaging nearly 123 points per game over their last four. Apparently, when things are going terribly for a team and their chemistry, the proper course of action is to aggravate that even further to the point where they hate each other so much that they actually begin to like each other? It’s weird. I can’t explain it. But the Wizards are looking more and more competent. I’ll hold my breath for what the future might look like, but it’s hard to deny that they’ve clearly made some changes both on and off the court.
  • So, despite the Wizards giving up 54 points to James Harden AND 36 points to Eric Gordon, they pulled out an overtime win. Yes, the Rockets have been struggling, too, in the absence of Chris Paul, but when two players combine for 90 points, it’s hard to believe that team lost the game.
  • Wall led the BBNBA on Monday with 36 points and 11 assists on 13-23 shooting and was looking as spry as ever. Behind the back finishes, his signature left-handed slam dunk, he was the Wall that Washington needs him to be if they want to truly turn this season around.

Bucks – 107 @ Hornets – 110

  • The return of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist proved more valuable than imagined. After missing the previous six games with an ankle injury, MKG played 17 minutes in his return and his impact was immediately felt. You never understand how necessary the small hustle plays that MKG exerts all of his energy for on a nightly basis until it’s gone. When it’s back, you never want to take it for granted again. I mean, he was everywhere. Diving for loose balls, playing excellent all-around defense, slapping the ball against the backboard for an immaculate chase down block. He did all the dirty work that Charlotte desperately needed. After going 2-4 with MKG out, the Hornets beat the now 14-6 Milwaukee Bucks for one of their best wins of the season. He easily led the team in plus/minus at plus-18.

  • After tieing his career-high in the previous game, Malik Monk couldn’t catch the same fire, shooting 2-7 from the field for only seven points.
  • For the Bucks, Eric Bledsoe continues to play well. He added 17 points and four assists in the loss. In his last six games (in which the Bucks are 4-2), Bledsoe is averaging 18.8 points on 58.9 percent shooting from the field to go along with 6.2 assists.

Celtics – 124 @ Pelicans – 107

  • Anthony Davis missed the Pelicans previous game against the Wizards but was good to go in this one. Despite a major comeback in the second-half by New Orleans, they couldn’t pull this one out in the end. Davis scored 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the Pellies on 8-19 shooting.

  • Julius Randle added 15 points off the bench while Darius Miller brought in 11 points on three made triples.

Other notes

  • Karl-Anthony Towns spoiled the Cleveland Cavaliers surprisingly random two-game winning streak, recording another double-double (his 11th this season) of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Towns and the Timberwolves beat his former Kentucky teammate, Andrew Harrison, who managed only two points in nine minutes.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
John Wall (WAS)135-131 W vs. HOU3613-23 (2-5)311026-840
Anthony Davis (NOP)107-124 L vs. BOS278-19 (0-2)165335-1237
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)102-95 W @ CLE219-19 (2-7)101102-738
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)107-110 L @ CHA176-13 (4-9)14204-735
Julius Randle (NOP)107-124 L vs. BOS153-8 (0-1)52113-221
Darius Miller (NOP)107-124 L vs. BOS114-11 (3-10)02100-1030
Malik Monk (CHA)110-107 W vs. MIL72-7 (1-2)11100-120
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (CHA)110-107 W vs. MIL73-6 (1-1)71121+1817
Andrew Harrison (CLE)95-102 L vs. MIN20-1 (0-0)01000-159
Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)110-116 L @ GSWDNP-CD----------------
Brandon Knight (HOU)131-135 OT L @ WASDNP-Knee----------------
DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)116-110 W vs. ORLDNP-Achilles----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:00: Knicks (Kanter, Knox) @ Pistons

7:30: Hawks (Poythress-out) @ Heat (Adebayo)

8:00: Raptors @ Grizzlies

9:00 (NBATV): Lakers (Rondo-out) @ Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt-out)

9:00: Pacers @ Suns (Booker)


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