Wake-up call: Wall prefers when 'everybody is a threat'

Wake-up call: Wall prefers when 'everybody is a threat'
December 20, 2013, 6:00 am
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Wizards take down Nets

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) and Washington Wizards power forward Nene Hilario (42) celebrate against the Brooklyn Nets during the second half at Barclays Center. The Wizards won the game 113-107.

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NEW YORK -- Seven players for the Wizards scored in double figures in their last win, and by no coincidence they were almost at full health. They have the point guard in John Wall, two true posts players who complement each other in Nene and Marcin Gortat, and shooters spotting up around the perimeter in Martell Webster, Bradley Beal and Trevor Ariza.

Suddenly, a team that was tied for the NBA for last in scoring a season ago, has no problem filling up the stat sheet. They beat the Brooklyn Nets 113-107, with Nene and Beal still not at optimum health or playing starter's minutes. 

"Some nights you might just have one guy make a lot of shots but other than that we like to move the ball and trust guys to make plays," Wall said. "When you got more guys in double figures everybody is a threat. You don't have one guy sitting in the corner not doing anything."

The Wizards (11-13) shot 12-for-20 from three-point range, getting made buckets at that distance from five different players. In the last five minutes of a contest that was close, aside from a pair of threes from Beal, they made high-percentage shots. 

Wall had a dunk, Nene scored on a layup, Gortat put back an offensive rebound and the remaining points were scored by making 7 of 8 free throws. 

"They're trying to run you off (the three-point line)," coach Randy Wittman said of opposing defenses who were able to limit the Wizards when they weren't at full strength. "There's no question about that. ... We've got to take what the defense gives us. If they're going to do that we've got to have the ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the basket."