Wizards Game 4 Review: Wizards 116 76ers 102
IT WAS ALL OVER WHEN… The Wizards steadily built their lead in the second half until, with 4:40 remaining in regulation, Martell Webster hovered behind the arc and took a whip pass from John Wall. Webster rose and fired a perfect shot through the net, putting the Wiz up 108-92, Washington’s biggest lead of the night to that point. The Sixers came back with a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 14 and the team traded misses until, with 3:29 left Martell Webster, took a pass from Bradley Beal and swished another 3-pointer, the Wiz up by 17, 111-94. The Sixers made a small run after that to get the lead down to 11, but it was too late.
THE GOOD… Washington’s three point shooting was terrific tonight and the major reason they won. The Wiz took 33 3-pointers and hit 18 of them [54.5%]. Six different Wizards shooters hit from long range.
The Wizards had balanced scoring tonight, with 7 players in double figures, including all five starters.
Washington did a much better job controlling the paint. The last time these two teams played, last week, the 76ers scored 74 points in the paint.
Wizards had 32 assists, demonstrating superior ball movement. Every Wizard who played got an assist, even Kevin “the black hole” Seraphin. That’s fantastic. The starting backcourt combined for 17 dimes and only 4 turnovers.
Washington’s 39 first quarter points were the most since 2010.
The Wizards jumped out to a lead quickly, leading 27-12 in the first quarter. The 76ers cut the lead to 3 points in the first half and 4 in the second half, but could get no closer.
Nene‘s return to the lineup is welcome and though he looked a bit stiff and rusty on the offensive side, he did a fine job on Thaddeus Young, who tortured the Wiz the last time they played. This time Young scored only 7 points on 3-11 shooting.
It’s a road win! Washington was terrible on the road last year so winning one of their first three road games is not a bad thing.
THE BAD… The Wiz got trounced on the glass, 50-40, though they rebounded better in the second half.
The Sixers took 10 more free throws than Washington and the Wiz got into the penalty far too early in the fourth quarter.
THE UGLY… Sorry, I can’t think of anything. Washington played too well for ugly tonight.
MISSING IN ACTION… Trevor Booker started while Nene was on the mend, but Booker’s hideously deformed finger, an injury he suffered in the loss to Miami, kept Booker out of this game.
THE STUDS… A fine game from John Wall, who scored 24 points on 8-16 shooting, including 5-8 on 3 -pointers. Wall made a point of working on his long range shot during the offseason and it good to see him finally displaying this part of his game. Five three pointers is a new career high for Wall. The young point guard also dished assists and turned the ball over only twice.
Marcin Gortat was a real force tonight, scoring 19 points on 8-12 shooting and 3-3 at the charity stripe. He also grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds, including 5 off the offensive glass.
THE DUDS… Bradley Beal finds himself in this category for the third time in the first four games this season. His shooting woes continued tonight as he missed 13 of 20 shots and 6 of 9 from long range. He did contribute in other ways, though, grabbing 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists.
& THE BENCHWARMERS… The usual DNP-CD for Jan Vesely and Glenn Rice, Jr. and Garrett Temple joined them on this list.