Game Recap: Wizards 114 - Timberwolves 101



With six different players scoring in double figures, the Wizards cruised to a 114-101 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night at Verizon Center.

Jordan Crawford led the team with 19 points on 7-10 shooting off the bench, but this one was about the team. The Wizards dished out 29 assists, with the leading passer being John Wall with five. The ball was moving around throughout the game and everyone was involved right from the start.

The Wizards jumped out to an early lead and although the Wolves would make a run to keep it close, the second half was rarely in doubt as the Wizards led by double digits for nearly the entire half. John Wall continued his stellar play since making his return two weeks ago and finished with 14 points and five assists, including an acrobatic spin move and reverse layup that had the crowd in awe. Bradley Beal also had another strong performance, finishing with 16 points, while Martell Webster put in 13 against his former team on 3-4 from behind the arc. Kevin Seraphin finished the game with 10 points.

The Wizards shot 58% from the field and 47% from 3-point range.

They have now won four straight home games and go for their fifth on Saturday night vs. the Bulls at Verizon Center (7pm).

Jordan Crawford

Points: 19

Rebounds: 0

Assists: 3

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Points: Jordan Crawford - 19

Rebounds: Emeka Okafor - 8

Assists: John Wall - 5

Blocks: Bradley Beal - 4

Steals: Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor - 2

Randy Wittman Postgame

On Win:

“This was obviously a good win coming off a road trip. These are always the games as a coach you are always concerned about. In terms of energy level, our guys came out right from the start with good energy. We moved the ball tremendously. We had 29 assists, so the ball was definitely moving; players were moving, everyone was touching it. Just another continuation of what we have been talking about over these last two or three weeks. We have some things that we need to clean up, offensive rebounds being one of them. We can’t let a team come in and get 22 of them. We also had a lot of fouls, but a very good win for us.”

John Wall Postgame

On game:

“Basically we just wanted to come out and get off to a good start. Just keep our lead. They did a good job in the second quarter of getting it back down, and we did a good job of closing out the first half and getting the lead back. At the start of the third quarter we just wanted to put them away. We knew we had a game tomorrow, we knew that they were very shorthanded and we knew they were going to come out and play hard so we just tried to keep the lead up and rest our guys.”

Bradley Beal Postgame

A.J. Price Postgame