The Washington Wizards continued their sizzling form at the Verizon Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, topping the Portland Trail Blazers in a blowout victory.

Much of the hype leading into the game was the looming matchup between two of the league’s best young backcourt duos, Washington’s John Wall and Bradley Beal, and Portland’s Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.

Wall and Beal both had outstanding games, with Beal scoring 25 points on a hot 7-11 shooting performance, including 3-3 from three, and Wall dropping 24 points to go along with 7 assists and 2 steals. Many fans will see this a strong case from each player for their inclusion in next month’s All Star game, on what was the final day of fan voting.

Unfortunately for Portland, Lillard and McCollum did not see nearly the same success. Lillard scored 22 points in an average performance by his standards, while McCollum scored just 12, well below his season average of 23.8.

For Washington, the strong performances did not end with their backcourt stars. Markeiff Morris had a stellar performance, notching a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Kelly Oubre Jr. also scored 18 in one of his better showings of the season.

The Wizards’ three-point shooting was the story throughout the game. 6 made threes on 7 attempts in the first quarter alone provided a major boost that helped D.C. jump out to an early lead, and from there, they never looked back. The team shot 12-23 as a whole, but the starters in particular were locked in, going 9-13.

Monday afternoon’s victory saw Washington’s home win streak extend to 12 games, currently the longest active home win streak in the NBA. The Wizards now sit two games above .500 for the first time in nearly two years, at 21-19, a mark good enough for 5th place in the Eastern Conference.

After a miserable start to the season, the Wizards look to have figured themselves out, and will be hoping that they can keep this momentum going and turn it into a playoff push, come the later months of the season.

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