By: Jeremy Hyman
The Wizards defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 100-90 on February 3rd at Verizon Center...John Wall led the Wizards with 22 points, five assists and five rebounds. Full Recap
Coming Off Different Overtime Results - The Wizards are coming off one of their most frustrating losses of the season as they let a late lead slip away and fell to the Sacramento Kings in overtime on Tuesday night. On the flip side, the Blazers avoided a home loss to the NBA's worst Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday by extending the game into overtime and finding a way to grind out a win without their all-star LaMarcus Aldridge. The Wiz will look to bounce back tonight on the road against a Portland team that is 25-9 at home this year.
Sweep Again? - The Wizards will look for the season sweep over the Blazers for the second year in a row tonight and look for their third straight win in Portland overall. A surprising stat considering the Wizards road woes over the last couple of years and the Blazers ability to win at home. Now that the Wizards have an above .500 record on the road, they'll look to show one of the Western Conference's top teams their toughness tonight as they battle at the newly named Moda Center.
Wizards - Marcin Gortat is averaging 15.7 points and 11.3 rebounds per game since the All-Star break. He scored 19 points and pulled down 14 rebounds on Tuesday night in Sacramento.
Blazers - Nicolas Batum is averaging 19.8 points and 13.8 rebounds over his last four games.
Martell Webster - Martell Webster, a Washington state native, was drafted by the Blazers with the 6th pick in the 2005 draft and will look to play a big role off the bench in a return to the Pacific Northwest. He scored 9 points on 2/5 shooting from 3-point range on Tuesday night in Sacramento.
The action kicks off at 10:00pm from Portland.
Tonight's point-guard battle features two of the game's bright young stars as John Wall and Damian Lillard go head-to-head. The two held a joint adidas event last night to promote their new shoe, but tonight they will be on opposite sides as they look to lead their respective teams to a victory.
In their last battle in Washington, Wall went for 22p-5r-5a, while Lillard finished with 25p-8a-6r. With LaMarcus Aldridge expected to miss tonight's game, the Blazers may depend on Lillard to take on a bigger role on offense and be more aggressive to find his own shot. It should be a fun one to watch.
John Wall leads the Wizards in win over Thunder.