Wake-up call: Wall recognizes winning trumps scoring

Wake-up call: Wall recognizes winning trumps scoring
January 3, 2014, 10:00 am
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So what that John Wall has had eight consecutive games of scoring 20 points or more. If the Wizards aren't winning, it doesn't matter and they've yet to rise above a .500 record in his four seasons. They've come up short twice in the last month. 

The first time he played against the Toronto Raptors this season, Wall scored a season-high 37 points but his team lost. Friday, he faces the Raptors at Verizon Center and then the Wizards (14-15) play the Golden State Warriors at home Sunday before a three-game road trip. 

"Whenever I feel like I have a good defensive game it helps me spark my offensive game. That's something I'm trying to be more consistent with and do that for the rest of the year," said Wall. "With me, it's my fourth year, if I don't win it don't matter if I average 30. They might talk about it, "Well, he's on a hot streak averaging 30 but they still can't win.' 

"It's time for everything around here, everything to change," said Wall, who is vying to become an All-Star for the first time in his fourth season, too. "One of my goals was to be an All-Star and do those things but the main thing is just win. If you're not winning around here, the coach is no fun, the fans are not really into it like they want to be, the team kind of feels down. We just got to find a way to get back to .500 tomorrow. Get over that hump. ... I was happy to see .500. I'd never seen anything close to that since I'd been here the first three years."

[RELATED: Wizards vs. Raptors tonight at 7 p.m. on CSN]

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