John Wall has had a chip on his shoulder all year. Feeling disrespected because he isn’t discussed as a top point guard in the NBA, Wall has had a phenomenal season and is doing everything possible to led the Wizards into the postseason down the stretch.
They matched up with the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, who were almost entirely healthy, still missed Pau Gasol. Wall was very active in the first quarter, finishing the with six points, three assists, three boards, and even grabbing two steals. The Wizards put up 32 points as a team and led the Bulls by seven going into the second.
After playing the whole first, Wall played almost eight minutes in the second quarter. Fatigue was obviously not a factor, and he added eight points, four rebounds, and four assists as the Wizards jumped out to another 30-point quarter — tallying 31. Derrick Rose was doing all he could to keep the score close and had 14 points going into halftime; John Wall had 14 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists as the Wizards led 63-52.
The break didn’t cool down the Wizards, and John Wall came out with 12 points, two rebounds, and two assists. The Bulls scored 22 to trail by seven after the quarter and got fortunate that the Wizards committed seven turnovers — with four by Wall himself. Derrick Rose lost his shooting touch and didn’t score any points in the quarter, but Jimmy Butler scored ten despite poor shooting from the field (2/5).
Washington was up by 18 heading into the final period. They closed out the Bulls with a 25-point quarter and won 117-96. John Wall grabbed one board and dished out three assists in the last quarter to secure the triple-double (29p/10r/12a), his third of the year. Doug McDermott led the Bulls with 20 just one game after his career-high 29. Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose had 17 and 16, respectively.
Both teams play the second half of a back-to-back on Thursday. The Bulls play at home against the Nets while the Wizards travel to Philly.
Around The League
Kevin Durant and the Thunder beat down the Celtics, 130-109. KD had 28 points, seven boards, and nine assists while Westbrook had 24 points and three steals. Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 29 on 11/19 shooting.
The Cavaliers barely beat the Mavericks without LeBron James, 99-98. James didn’t play for rest reasons, and Kyrie Irving led the charge with 33. Kevin Love added 23 points and 18 rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki and David Lee both had 20 points in the loss.
Golden State proved to be too much for the Knicks as New York fell, 121-85. Steph Curry had 34 points on 12/20 shooting in just 28 minutes. Draymond Green had 11 boards and ten assists, and Klay Thompson added in 19.
OKC 130 – BOS 109
ORL 99 – CHA 107
DAL 98 – CLE 99
CHI 96 – WASH 117
ATL 118 – DET 114
MINN 114 – MEM 108
LAC 122 – HOU 106
NOLA 123 – SAC 108
NYK 85 – GSW 121