August 16, 2022

Washington Wizards Game 28 Review: Wiz back to .500 after strong fourth quarter over Nets

(Photo by: @Wizards)

(Photo by: @Wizards)

Since the large number of injuries plagued the Washington Wizards earlier in the month, they have been struggling to find ways to manufacture wins while some of their best players are on the mend.

Recently, John Wall has found his role as an all around beast on the court to propel his team to a three game winning streak. Otto Porter (bruised thigh) made his return, but off the bench as rookie Kelly Oubre Jr. was not going to be benched during his stretch of hot shooting. Marcin Gortat was the Wizards player of the game with 25 points, seven rebounds, and even three assists (!) as the Wizards beat the Brooklyn Nets 111-96.

It was a true pace-and-space atmosphere early in the Barclays Center; Washington started out on the fastbreak even on made baskets. Superb ball movement had the Wizards shooting 67 percent (10 of 15) from the field with eight assists to start the game. Seven offensive rebounds was the only thing that kept Brooklyn in the middle of things. The Wizards found themselves up 34-26 after the first quarter, tying their most points in the first quarter.

While Randy Wittman had already gone 10 deep with his lineup early as Jarell Eddie and DeJuan Blair saw action, former Lakers guard Wayne Ellington hit three straight jumpers to cut Washington’s lead to four. The Nets run extended to 11-4 before John Wall got involved in 11 straight Wizards points. Brooklyn end edthe half on a 9-2 run but Washington held a 52-50 lead.

It was a fast and furious pace to start the second half. Brooklyn took its first lead since early in the first quarter off of a Jarrett Jack bank shot in the midst of a 16-4 Nets run. Washington responded with a 10-4 run to end the quarter to secure a 79-77 lead going into the final quarter. The third quarter saw eight different lead changes as each side had an answer for the other.

Recently signed Jarell Eddie, widely regarded as one of the best shooters not in the NBA, made his presence felt in limited minutes during the fourth quarter. Eddie hit a 3-pointer to start a 7-0 Wizards run, before a second corner 3 gave Washington a nine-point lead. After Brooklyn cut things back to five, Washington went on another 8-0 run, thanks to Ramon Sessions, to put things out of reach. The Wizards now find themselves back at the .500 mark with a 111-96 victory over Brooklyn.

Washington will travel back to the local area for a Monday night matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers as they get ready to welcome back Paul Pierce for the first time since his potential game-tying three was waved off at the buzzer. The Clippers will also be without power forward Blake Griffin because of a partially torn quad.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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