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94

This game was all about John Wall as he scored a career high 47 points along with 8 assists and seven rebounds as an undermanned Wizards squad took down the Grizzlies, 107-94. The win was the Wizards' sixth straight at home and the first over Memphis since 2010.

The Wizards may have been without three of their top four scorers as Beal, Webster and Nene all missed the contest along with Ariza and Price but it was no problem for Wall and the rest of the squad. The first half was back and forth with John Wall putting his stamp on the game in the early going, scoring 10 points before the game was eight minutes old. The Grizzlies threatened to put the Wizards away in the second quarter, going up by nine, but Wall clawed the Wizards back into it, forcing a tie at the half. Wall had 26 points at the half, another career high for him.

The game slowed significantly in the third as neither team got much of an edge over the other and the Wizards held a slim two point lead heading into the fourth. John Wall absolutely took over in the fourth though, scoring 17 points, six of which came in the final 1:10 to put away the Grizzlies. The Wizards were up by 13 with just under four minutes to play but the Grizzlies went on an 11-2 run to cut it to four at the two minute mark before Wall and company closed them out.

To put Wall's performance in historical perspective, a line of at least 47 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds has only happened 26 times since 1985. Wall was 13/22 from the field, 16/21 from the free throw line and 2/4 from three. The Wizards as a team managed to put up 107 points and shoot 50% against the stingiest defense in the NBA. They did this without 55.1 points per game of production from the missing five players. Okafor helped Wall carry the load with 21 points and nine rebounds, together they accounted for 63.5% of the Wizards' offense.

Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 23 points and Pondexter and Bayless both chipped in 14 off the bench.

The Wizards now hit the road again to face the Thunder on Wednesday night.


Emeka Okafor
Points: 21
Rebounds: 9
Blocks: 0

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Points: John Wall - 47
Rebounds: Emeka Okafor - 9
Assists: John Wall - 8
Blocks: Chris Singleton - 2
Steals: Trevor Booker - 3

Randy Wittman Postgame

On John Wall’s performance:

“John was incredible. I’ve witnessed a lot of games. I’ve played with some pretty good players. I’ve coached some pretty good players. That was an incredible performance for him. We jumped on it and he carried us. It felt to me that it was all under control. All within our offense. All within what we were doing. It was aggressive. That was incredible. All of our guys. His 47 (points) and 8 (assists), we still wouldn’t have been able to win without the contributions of the other guys. I thought everybody came in and really gave us good minutes.”

John Wall Postgame

On game:

“I’m just trying to come out here and play with the same confidence I’ve been playing with. My shot was going in, my teammates did a great job of getting me open and I was just getting fouls and getting to the free throw line. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates though, they stepped up—Emeka (Okafor) had 21 and Cartier (Martin) made big shots. Everybody contributed in this win today.”

Emeka Okafor Postgame

On Wall:

“It was a great performance. I was out there, but I was a fan. He (John Wall) just did a great job picking up the slack for all the missing guys.”

Chris Singleton Postgame

On Wall:

“Crazy two, three weeks. Crazy. His shot completely changed. I guess the work in the summer paid off.”

Trevor Booker Postgame