The Wizards' performance vs. the Clippers shows that they've earned the right to be included the the conversation about the NBA's best teams.
The battle of the elite point guards didn't come down to the best passer or scorer, but the top defender. In that battle, John Wall defeated Chris Paul and did so with a gritty flourish.
Marcin Gortat, mohawk and all, says that one thing made the difference on Friday night in Washington's win over Los Angeles.
John Wall manhandled Chris Paul in their head-to-head matchup, showing his claim to being the No. 1 point guard in the NBA might not be so far-fetched after all.
After Friday's 104-96 win vs. the Clippers behind masterful defense by John Wall and a season-high 29 points from Bradley Beal, the Wiz are now off to a historic start at home.