For Washington Wizards guard Martell Webster, shooting from downtown has never seemed so easy.
Last night, the Wizards extended their winning streak to four games at home and three overall, as coach Randy Wittman and co. defeated the Phoenix Suns 127-105 in front of a riled up Kids Day crowd at the Verizon Center.
The Wizards were unquestionably led by a career-high 34 points from Webster, who continues to shoot lights out for an otherwise inconsistent offensive prowess in DC. The seven-year veteran out of Seattle Preparatory High School becomes just the first 30-point scorer for the Wizards this season, as he drained a whopping 7-of-10 from three-point range and shot 56 percent from the field overall.
Meanwhile, Washington, now 23-42 and 9.5 games out of a playoff spot, featured five other players who scored in double-figures, including John Wall and Emeka Okafor, who each posted double-doubles, and rookie Bradley Beal, who scored 13. Notably, the University of Florida product made his return to the lineup after missing six straight games with a sprained ankle, and though he came off the bench, the guard looked as healthy and strong as ever. Beal’s shot seemed comfortable and he even grabbed five rebounds in 21 minutes of playing time.
Another positive for the Wizards was certainly Wall, who continues to develop his outside shot to complement an otherwise outstanding skill set. Despite the negative attention that the point guard has been receiving recently, a combined 69 points and 30 assists over the past three games has officially put the former No. 1 overall pick back on the map in the NBA. It’s clear that from a leadership standpoint, this is Wall’s team to lose, and after a strong effort across the board in the win tonight, that title is rightfully deserved.
Strikingly, it’s rumored that GM Ernie Grunfeld traded guard Jordan Crawford to the Celtics at the deadline to clear up cap space to sign Webster this coming offseason to a long-term deal. In addition, Wall has already spoken to owner Ted Leonsis about wanting the team to retain the sharp shooter at least through next year. But until then, stay tuned to All Over the Hill for more news about your Wizards, Redskins, Nationals, Capitals, and more!