Story By: Richard Thomas
Photos By : Sol Tucker
If the Wizards and John Wall could just start a little faster in their games, they wouldn’t have to pour it on so much at the end when it came to getting back in the game. Tonight was no different and Wall took things into his own hands leading the way with 25 points and huge third quarter surge coming out of halftime.
The second quarter was a different story. After shooting just 31 percent in the first quarter, Washington finally started to get their shots to fall as they ended the half on a 24-11 run that tied things up at halftime.
The third quarter proved to be even better. The Wizards raced out on a 7-0 run in the blink of an eye. John Wall was 3-4 from three-point range in the period with the only miss coming on a heat check that was blocked. After missing most of the first half due to foul trouble, Gortat made his mark on the game as he threw down a thunderous dunk that woke any fan that had fallen asleep in the firs half.
“I did some moves I never tried before,” Wall joked.
The Wizards have won 11 straight at home, their longest home winning streak since a 15-game run form Feb. 9-Apr. 7, 1989.
Some notables from the game tonight and prior to tonight were the fine to John Wall and Otto Porter leaving the game tonight.
Wall was fined $15,000 for his part in the postgame tussle with Boston’s Jae Crowder on Wednesday … F Otto Porter left with a strained right hip late in the third quarter, but Porter said he wasn’t concerned.
Wall and Bradley Beal, who had 20 points, outscored their Philadelphia starting counterparts, Nik Stauskas and T.J. McConnell 47-6. This turned out to be the difference in the game tonight.