Magic Johnson: Wizards are young and exciting
A recap of the Washington Wizards 106-96 win over the New York Knicks:
How it happened:
Balanced scoring and solid team defense once again proved to be the recipe to a Wizards’ win. John Wall had 21 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds and Trevor Ariza provided a spark off the bench with 20 points. Defensively the Wizards forced Carmelo Anthony into being a volume scorer. He scored a game high 31 points but it took him 23 shots to get there.
What it means:
The Wizards are learning how to deal with adversity. After leading by as many as 11 the Knicks went on a 21-7 run in the third quarter taking a three point lead into the fourth. But Washington opened the fourth on a 12-2 run of their own.
With Bradley Beal out of the line up Randy Wittman has had to adjust his rotation. Instead of Martell Webster and Trevor Ariza splitting time at small forward, Wittman has used them together. Both players have the ability to guard multiple positions and stretch the floor offensively. It will be interesting to see how often Wittman uses this combination once Beal returns.
Bradley Beal missed his 5th consecutive game with a sprained right wrist. There is no exact time table for his return but from the beginning Beal has said he will sit until the wrist is completely healed.
Washington has won seven of its last eight games at home. It’s also no coincidence that they’ve held their last seven opponents under 100 points.
Washington will close out its three game home streak on Friday against the Brooklyn Nets. From there they will face Milwaukee and Detroit on the road.