Beal, Wizards showed positive signs in February

Beal, Wizards showed positive signs in February
March 3, 2013, 12:30 pm
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The Wizards will look for their first win in March Sunday night as the struggling Philadelphia 76ers come to the Verizon Center (6 p.m. on CSN). With just four of their remaining 16 games in March against teams with winning records, the Wizards have a golden opportunity to build off an encouraging February where they went 7-5. Here’s a closer look at some of the numbers from the Wizards’ performance in February:

Record vs. teams below .500: 1-3
Record vs. teams .500 or better: 6-2

The Wizards had impressive wins over playoff teams in the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets, Denver Nuggets, and Houston Rockets. But they also lost twice to the Detroit Pistons and once to the Toronto Raptors. Still, for a team who already has wins over the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder, going 6-2 against likely playoff teams is a good sign going forward.

Home record: 5-2
Road record: 2-3

Much has been made about the Wizards’ struggles on the road, but they wrapped up the month nicely with a win in Canada over the Raptors. They also continued their stellar ways at home, improving their record at the Verizon Center in 2013 to 10-5, before Friday’s loss to the Knicks.

Points per game: 94.9
Points allowed per game: 93.3

The Wizards have improved immensely on defense since John Wall’s return and in February they gave up more than 100 points only twice, both in games the Wizards would go on to win. Offensively, the Wizards averaged 94.9 points per game in February, and went over the 100-point mark four times.

John Wall: 31.6 MPG/ 13.3 PPG / 8.2 APG/ 3.6 RPG/ 37% FG
Bradley Beal: 34.8 MPG/ 17.5 PPG/ 5.1 RPG /48% FG/ 42% 3FG
Emeka Okafor: 28.2 MPG/ 11.5 PPG/ 9.9 RPG/ 49% FG/ 41% FT
Nene: 32.0 MPG/ 13.1 PPG/ 7.5 RPG/ 3.8 APG/ 51% FG
Martell Webster: 31.8 MPG/ 12.4 PPG/ 3.6 RPG/ 51% FG/ 56% 3FG

Bradley Beal was the Wizards’ best player in February, averaging 17.5 points and 5.1 rebounds a game and shooting an impressive 42% from three. Among rookies, Beal trailed only the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard in scoring, and was seventh in rebounds with 5.1 per game.

Martell Webster shot an incredible 56.4% (31-55) from three, leading the league in three-point percentage for players who attempted more than twenty threes.

Though John Wall only shot 37% from the field, his 8.2 assists per game was ninth in the league during February.

Emeka Okafor also had strong February, as he had the 11th most rebounds in the league with 119.

His shoulder injury put a damper on his month, but Nene played well in February, including a stretch of three consecutive double-doubles from February 6-Feburary 11.