Porter breaks through with clutch play in 4th

Porter breaks through with clutch play in 4th
March 4, 2014, 9:00 am
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Otto Porter makes his first NBA 3-pointer

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This is why the Wizards didn't send Otto Porter to the D-League along with Glen Rice last week. While Porter only had appeared in 25 games as a rookie, he is more ready to play and the injury situation is more likely to create an opening for him, a 6-8 forward, than the 6-5 shooting guard. 

That happened Monday, when sixth man Martell Webster (back) was a late scratch against the Memphis Grizzlies. Porter played 10 minutes and had six points, all coming in the fourth quarter on three-pointers. Those were his first threes as a pro. 

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"That first one, I don't know how that one went in. I just had to get it up there," said Porter, who beat the shot clock after collecting a loose ball. "I didn't think anything about it. Coming down in transition I wanted to make plays for us to get back in the game."

From Dec. 13-Jan. 7, Porter played no fewer than 10 minutes in 10 of 11 games. They were 5-6 in that stretch. 

The Wizards lost 110-104 to Memphis, but Porter was the spark that coach Randy Wittman was hoping he'd be. The fourth quarter began with Porter in the lineup and they were able to erase most of what had been a 19-point deficit. 

"I just try to stay ready anytime. ... Games like this when we're down he looked for me to be more aggressive. He told me, 'Hey, we need to try to make a run and come back,'" Porter said of Wittman. "We needed something. We were on a run. ... I just wanted to come in and play my hardest and try to help us come back."