Wiz having strong 2nd half of the season
The snow might be falling on the streets of D.C., Maryland and Virginia, but the Washington Wizards are soaring with a season-high six-game winning streak. Makes as good as time as any to check out post All-Star break player and team stats...
* In their seven games after last month's All-Star break, the Wizards rank second in scoring with 109.7 points per game, 10.3 more points than their season average. On the season, Washington is 19th in scoring.
* That scoring surge is coming rather efficiently as the Wizards are fourth in field goal percentage (48.5). Overall, 13th at 45.4 percent.
* John Wall: 21.3 points, 10.3 assists, 51 percent from the field, 42.3 from beyond the arc. Anyone just awakening from a coma having only watched the point guard's first two NBA seasons cannot fathom that 3-point percentage. Overall, Wall leads the NBA in total assists (515) and the Eastern Conference in assists per game (8.7), ranking fourth overall. He's also 20th in scoring at 20.0 points per game. No other Wizards is among the top 40.
* Trevor Ariza ranks fifth in the NBA in 3-point shooting, having knocked down 23 of 39 attempts (59 percent). As a reminder, those 10 3's Ariza sank against the Houston Rockets came before the break.
* Marcin Gortat is seventh with 11.7 rebounds and ninth with 3.7 offensive rebounds. Washington ranks eighth with 44 rebounds per game. Taking on a larger role with Nene sidelined, Gortat has recorded double-doubles in seven straight games.
* Not rising with the Wizards winning ways, Bradley Beal's 3-point touch. The second-year guard and 41 percent shooter from beyond the arc overall is only 6 of 23 (26 percent) over the last seven games. In this stretch only once has Beal made more than a single 3-pointer in a game.
* Turnovers - The Wizards are committing 13.1, ninth in the league. On the season, Washington ranks 14th (14.1)
* Defensively, Washington is holding opponents to 32.9 percent on 3-point attempts. That's good for eighth overall. The Wizards rank ninth on the season, but at 35 percent.
* On the season, two Wizards crack the top 10 in steals: Wall (2.0) is fourth, Ariza (1.9) is seventh. Ariza is also seventh in the post All-Star game stretch.