After an impressive 105-99 victory on the road against the 26-14 Chicago Bulls last night, the Washington Wizards have now defeated three tough teams within a stretch of six days. On Saturday night, they beat this same Bulls team in the Verizon Center. Two days later, they defeated the mighty San Antonio Spurs by a score of 101-93.
They took down a very good Chicago team two times in six days, then defeated the Spurs for the the first time since 2005. They broke their streak of 17 straight losses to San Antonio. It might have only been three games, but a lot was accomplished in that stretch.
Last night, they were down most of the game, but overcame 32 points from Derrick Rose and outscored the Bulls by 12 to pull out a six-point victory. Washington displayed yet another impressive performance just one night after defeating San Antonio for the first time in about a decade.
After claiming such victories, it is very hard to play well the very next day and come out with a victory, particularly on the road, against a very tough team. However, the Wizards are no ordinary team. They have sole possession of the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a record of 27-12. Impressive? Yes. Surprising? No. At least not to me it isn’t.
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If you look at the roster of this Wizards team, it is quite stacked. They have an impressive starting five mixed with young talent and veteran leadership. They also posses of a deep bench that could take them a long way in the postseason.
Kevin Seraphin has posed as an unexpected surprise for Washington over the last few games, but the ones that were expected to come through have for Washington this year. The newly-acquired Kris Humphries has been a big piece in the Wizards bench this year.
Though his numbers wouldn’t suggest it, being that he is averaging just 8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, keep in mind that he is also playing only 21.4 minutes each game as well. Plus, his impact goes beyond the stats sheet. He has been a guy that the Wizards could look and reach out relativity deep into their bench for, and he has produced a high level compared to the way he was expected to perform.
As for last night, the Wizards received 30 minutes or more from each player in their starting five, which greatly contributed to the victory. Nene staying on the court for 30 minutes in a game is not an every day occurrence.
John Wall lead the way, scoring 21 points and dishing out nine assists, while starting shooting guard Bradley Beal scored 17 while hitting eight of his 14 attempted shots. However, the leading scorer in this game for Washington was none other than The Truth himself. Paul Pierce lead the way for the Wiz, scoring 22 points and grabbing six rebounds in 32 minutes.
It was a great performance displayed by the starting five last night, and they actually had the exact group that they envisioned of having before the season last night in Chicago. Good job boys, and keep it up!