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John Wall showed why he is and will be a force to be reckoned with in the NBA as he scored 19 points and dished out a career high 15 assists as the Wizards beat Utah 108-101 at Verizon Center on Monday afternoon.
“It was great to get the assists. I also want to get my turnovers down but we keep going by getting a big win for us against a marquee team,” the rookie guard Wall said.
Nick Young, held to just 3 points in the first half, exploded for 22 in the second to lead the Wizards to their first win over a .500 or better ballclub this season.
“We were able to control the game from beginning to end, Wizards coach Flip Saunders said. ”We’ve played the good teams good if you look at the Orlando and Miami games. We just haven’t been able to sustain, but we were able to today against a marquee team.”
The Wizards have now won 4 straight at Verizon Center and head on the road to try to finally get win #1 away from Washington at Milwaukee Wednesday night.
“We take care of home and now we just need to find a way to get wins out on the road,” Wizards forward Andray Blatche said. Blatche played his best game of the season against Utah, finishing with 21 points, 11 rebounds and a career high 4 blocks.
“It means a lot. We have been working hard, playing hard, “Nick Young said. “ We are starting to get it a little bit. We are starting to feel the chemistry. Hopefully it will continue to grow.”