Wall comes through in the clutch

Wall comes through in the clutch
January 19, 2013, 10:45 am
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Another example of why it's good to have John Wall back:

Thanks to a clutch defensive play by Wall, the ever-improving Wizards pulled off just their second road win of the season, a 112-108 win at Denver Friday night.

Wall had 14 points and a season-high 12 assists but it was his late-game block of a potential game-tying Ty Lawson layup and then Wall's subsequent free throws that gave the Wizards their fourth win in five games.

"It was a great play by John and then he knocked down the free throws," Wizards guard Bradley Beal told reporters following the game.

Two nights earlier Wall had missed two free throws that would have given the Wizards a two-point lead over Sacramento with 30 seconds left in a game they would end up losing, 95-94. Against Denver, Wall not only had the crucial block of Lawson with 2.7 seconds left, but this time Wall closed the game with the free throws to give the Wizards the 112-108 lead and the ball game.

"I wanted to go over there and make a play," Wall said to reporters. He certainly did.

The Wizards have now won four of their last five games and three of the four with Wall back in the lineup. However, they still hold a league-worst 8-29 record.

The Wizards have a huge test at the 31-9 L.A. Clippers tonight.