WASHINGTON — John Wall looks like he’s having a lot more fun on the court these days.
With his Wizards finally on the winning track — winners of 10 of their past 14 games and up to .500 for the first time this season — Wall is playing like he’s out on the playground, adding an extra flair with seemingly every crossover, dunk or dime.
Despite missing Bradley Beal, who sprained his ankle in the first half of the Wizards’ win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night, the Wizards were able to cruise by the league-worst Brooklyn Nets (8-24) to improve to 16-16. Trey Burke scored 27 points off the bench and was a considerable boost to a team missing one of its top scorers, but it was hard to take your eyes off Wall.
Wall put up 19 points, 14 assists, 2 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 block and 6 turnovers while going 7-for-14 from the field in 32 minutes. But infinitely more impressive than the numbers were the videos.
First, the spin pass, which came off the steal:
Perhaps unnecessary, but it sure looked good. Just like this little lob to Markieff Morris looked pretty good.
Then there was the crossover that left the entire borough of Brooklyn confused.
This block should not have counted, as the ball was laid up off the glass before Wall got to it, but what a feat it was anyway.
Not long after, Wall threw down a lefty slam all over Nets center Justin Hamilton.
Nobody blames you for celebrating, John.
It wasn’t all great for the Wizards’ point guard, however. He had a few plays that started off beautifully, then went south quickly. For starters, here’s a compilation of him blowing by defenders, only to not convert.
And here’s him getting a bit too fancy.
But overall, it’s hard to be mad when Wall is putting on an exhibition like the one he did at the Verizon Center on Friday night. A home win — Washington’s eighth straight — without the team’s No. 2 player? That’s what counts. If you can look good doing it, that’s just a cherry on top.