Wizards guard John Wall and center Nene executed the pick-and-roll to
perfection when it mattered the most against an undermanned Miami team
on Saturday night.
Tied at 84-84 with 4.5 seconds left, Wall got the inbounds pass at mid-
court and, after dribbling to the left of Nene's high screen, he passed back
to his right and found the cutting center for the game-winning layup with
.5 seconds left.
The 86-84 victory at Miami was the Wizards' third straight win and Wall
was one of the main reasons for the outcome, finishing with 13 points and a
whopping 13 assists.
"They executed the last play to perfection, and that's part of the
growing process, said Wizards coach Randy Wittman, who saw his team's
record improve to 17-46. "It was a heck of a finish."
Nene came over in that mid-season trade with Denver but the talented,
yet oft injured, big man has only played in eight games as a Wizard. The
game-winning shot against the Heat was certainly his finest moment in his
short Wiz career.
"It was a great pass," Nene said. "Fortunately, it was the winning shot."
Moving forward, the Wizards have to feel good about the two-man game
that Wall and Nene are showing, especially with the pick and roll.
"Hes just a big man who knows where to be," Wall said about Nene. "He
knows the spots. He just makes it easier for you.
Nene could have sat out the last few games to rest his sore foot,
but he felt it was important to play more this season to build
chemistry for next season.
"That's the reason I'm back to play these games," Nene said. I need to know
my teammates a little bit more.
Against Miami, it looked like Wall and Nene, at least, knew each other