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The Wizards went into Phoenix and left with a season series sweep, downing the Suns 88-79. The game was much different than the high scoring affair the last time these teams met, but the result was the same.

Emeka Okafor missed his first contest of the season with flu like symptoms and Jason Collins got the start in his place. The first quarter started slowly as the Wizards struggled to score in the early going, scoring just two field goals in the first five minutes. However, the Suns did not take advantage and would end the first up by just one point. The second quarter was a different story as it was all Wizards and the offense was firing on all cylinders. Behind Ariza's 11 points and Seraphin's 10, the Wizards won the second quarter 34-19 and went into the half up 14. The Suns went almost nine minutes without a field goal in the second.

The second half saw both teams having a really hard time scoring the basketball. The Suns got the better of it in the third quarter by a small margin and cut the Wizards lead to nine. Early in the fourth, they would cut that lead to three, but the Wizards would hold them off for a nine point win. The two teams combined for just 28 points in the final frame, tying 14-14. Bradley Beal left the game in the fourth due to a sprained ankle and did not return.

The Wizards shot the ball much better than Phoenix, 48.5% compared to just 33.7%, but it was the Wizards turnovers and Suns offensive rebounds that kept Phoenix in the game. The Suns had 15 more attempts at goal than the Wizards, but could never find much of an offensive rhythm which allowed Washington to escape with the win.

John Wall led the charge with 19 points on 7/14 shooting including some clutch jumpers late in the fourth. He also had eight assists. Seraphin and Ariza were huge factors in the Wizards' bench outscoring the Suns bench 39-21 as they had 16 and 14 respectively. Nene had 17 points and eight boards and Webster chipped in 13.

Goran Dragic paced the Suns with 18 points and 11 assists and Wesley Johnson had 18 points.

The Wizards now head to LA to take on the Lakers Friday night.


John Wall
Points: 19
Rebounds: 2
Assists: 8

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Points: John Wall - 19
Rebounds: Nene - 8
Assists: John Wall - 8
Blocks: Kevin Seraphin and Jason Collins - 2
Steals: 3 Tied - 2

Randy Wittman Postgame

On Game:

“Defensively we won the game. Defensively we got back to the team we recognize; scrambling, challenging shots, rebounding the ball. You know this team really hurt us bad with offensive rebounds the first time we played them and I thought we did a better job there. They got 25 of their 79 points off of our turnovers; yeah we almost shot ourselves in the foot there. I’m proud of the guys. After coming off a game that we had down the stretch in Charlotte on the first game of this trip, to come out here and bounce back against a team we just played three days ago, whatever it was, it’s hard to come in and beat a team twice in a turnaround like that. I’m proud of our guys.”

John Wall Postgame

On game:

“In the first quarter we did a great job of getting pace we just turned the ball over too many times and we really didn’t get into a rhythm. So give credit to the second unit who came in in the second quarter and really boosted our play and got us up big. That’s s what we pride ourselves on. On any night someone can lead us in scoring because our team is so versatile but as long as we’re doing it defensively that’s what we take pride in and get a lot of steals and get into the open court. That’s when we boosted our lead and that’s what we’ve got to keep doing is watching our turnovers on the road and playing defense. When we play defense we feel we can beat anybody.

Nene Postgame

On game:

“In the first quarter we were a little lazy, a little slow on the weak side. In the second quarter we pushed the tempo. In the first half we had a 15 point advantage and in the second half we relaxed and they went on a run but we stepped it up in the last quarter. They played me well, they played physical and we tried to exploit the pick and roll and we succeeded on that.”

Trevor Ariza Postgame

Kevin Seraphin Postgame