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BBNBA: Wall Leads Wizards to Comeback Win

(Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Good afternoon, folks. The Washington Wizards were down by 24 points and somehow didn’t completely fall apart. Let’s talk NBA.

RECAP

  • The Washington Wizards got off to a cold start in their game against the Los Angeles Clippers that felt a lot like the previous 11 losses from earlier this season. The Wizards came out flat, with little motivation to guard the player in front of them. The Clippers doubled up their score for periods in the late first quarter and early second quarter and eventually that lead ballooned to 24 points midway through the second. Normally, that was all she wrote for Washington, but a “Braveheart-esque” speech at halftime must have boosted the confidence because it was an entirely different team in the second half. One that… actually cared?
  • John Wall finished with 30 points, 10 of them coming in a pivotal fourth quarter where Washington took the lead late and never gave it back. The Wiz are now 6-11 following the win and the endless string of media controversies that have surfaced. It was an outstanding – and almost necessary win – for the team as the schedule only gets more challenging. The Raptors (14-4), Pelicans (10-7), Rockets (8-7), Pelicans again, and 76ers (12-7) is their next five opponents. There’s no time for them to bask in the glory of a comeback win (and hopefully they aren’t), they need to go out and execute for multiple games in a row now.

  • Wall knows that this win doesn’t mean anything, as he quickly explained following the game. ”It’s cool,” he said. ”It’s a good start.”
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was the second-most impressive former Wildcat on a slow NBA Tuesday. SGA scored 17 points on 6-11 shooting including three rebounds, three assists, and three steals. He was unreal in the first half, playing lockdown perimeter defense, but wasn’t nearly as effective in the second half as the Wizards really kicked things into gear for possibly the first time all season.

  • Check out the rest of the statistics below. There will be no BBNBA Recap for Thanksgiving, I’ll be in a constant state of immobilization.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
John Wall (WAS)125-118 W vs. LAC309-24 (5-12)48221+640
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (LAC)118-125 L @ WAS176-11 (1-4)33312+528
Enes Kanter (NYK)114-118 L vs. POR73-7 (1-1)56112+1226
Bam Adebayo (MIA)92-104 L vs. BKN63-6 (0-0)80111-216
Kevin Knox (NYK)114-118 L vs. POR21-3 (0-2)10010-212
Isaiah Briscoe (ORL)91-93 L vs. TORDNP-CD----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

7:00: Pacers @ Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk)

7:00: Pelicans (Davis, Miller, Randle) @ 76ers

7:30: Raptors @ Heat (Adebayo)

7:30: Knicks (Kanter, Knox) @ Celtics

8:00 (ESPN): Lakers (Rondo-out) @ Cavaliers (An. Harrison)

8:00: Suns (Booker) @ Bulls

8:00: Pistons @ Rockets (Knight-out)

8:00: Trail Blazers @ Bucks (Bledsoe, Meeks-suspended)

8:00: Nuggets (Lyles, Murray, Vanderbilt-out) @ Timberwolves (Towns)

8:30: Nets @ Mavericks

8:30: Grizzlies @ Spurs

9:00: Kings (Cauley-Stein, Fox, Labissiere) @ Jazz

10:30 (ESPN): Thunder (Diallo, Noel, Patterson) @ Warriors (Cousins-out)


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Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR