Wall clotheslined by O'Quinn
John Wall blew past Jameer Nelson to attack the paint, and the Orlando Magic pulled out all the stops to prevent the basket.
Kyle O’Quinn, a 6-10, 240-pound post player, was late rotating for help defense. So he reached out with his left arm to flatten Wall, who is six inches shorter and about 50 pounds lighter, with 7:02 left in the first quarter and the score tied at 9.
He stayed face down for a few moments before rising to give Washington a momentary spark.
“Yeah it did,” Wall said of the Flagrant 1 foul that was assessed to O’Quinn for firing him up to score a game-high 35 points Friday. “I was in the air and I just got clotheslined. I just got more aggressive.”
The Wizards led 15-9 soon after a mid-range jump shot by Wall, but trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half en route to a 97-92 defeat.
Coach Randy Wittman didn't get too hyped about Wall's assertiveness. He took a career-high 28 shots. He had a career-high 47 points earlier in the week.
"I don't think anybody had a good performance," Wittman said. "We lost."
The Wizards can't afford another injury given their shaky situation. Their other two best offensive weapons, Nene (sore right knee) and Bradley Beal (left ankle sprain), have been out.