The Washington Wizards (24-20) came into the Spectrum center and beat the Charlotte Hornets (23-22) 109-99. Washington came into today’s game a half-game ahead of Charlotte in the division and Eastern Conference standings.
John Wall has done what Wall has done for most of the season, which is carry the Wizards to a win with 24 points on 45% shooting from the field along with 7 assists and 4 rebounds. Markieff Morris chipped in with 23 points on 62% shooting from the field with 8 rebounds and making 5 out of 5 free throws in the game.
The Wizards starters scored 87 points on 55.7% shooting from the field while the Hornets starters scored 59 points on 40% shooting from the field. The Hornets offense was hampered by Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum’s lackluster night. The duo combined for 25 points on 25% shooting from the field. The bench for Charlotte led by Marco Belinelli’s 18 points kept the game close, outscoring Washington’s bench 40-22.
Bradley Beal broke out of his cold spell from downtown by hitting four three-pointers in the game after going 1-21 from three-point range in the three games before the Charlotte game.
Otto Porter Jr. has grown in his first season under Scott Brooks and it has shown with Porter leading the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage at 45.4% on the year. Porter kept his stellar season up shooting 54% from the field in the win.
Washington’s bench has continued to hamper this team and almost costed them the game multiple times throughout. Washington would get the lead up to 14 points, rest their starters and see it diminish down to single digits.
— Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) January 24, 2017
The Wizards were able to pull out the win, keeping them in the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference playoff standings.
MVP of the Game:
John Wall 24 points 7 assists and 4 rebounds
Markief Morris 23 points 8 rebounds 2 assists
Boston (26-17) @ Washington (24-20)
There’s a new rivalry growing in the NBA as these two teams have no love for each other. Last time these two teams met, John Wall and Jae Crowder got into a heated altercation at the end of the game, which lead to police officers being stationed outside of both teams locker rooms. Crowder has stated that the Wizards the most disrespectful team in the NBA. This feud could grow into something amazing. NBA fans are eager to see what happens next.
Welcome to your funeral, Boston. pic.twitter.com/H5tv7rUxci
— WizardsTalk (@WizardsTalk) January 24, 2017
Golden State (38-6) @ Charlotte (23-22)
Prior to the loss to the Wizards, the Hornets were on a three-game win streak after losing 5 straight. The Hornets will look to get back on their winning path against a team who is firing on all cylinders with the reigning MVP and new teammate Kevin Durant. Can the Hornets right the ship before its two late or will they falter and be left out of the playoffs once again?