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/ by J. Michael
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The start wasn't ideal, but John Wall put together another special December in attempt to rescue the Wizards' season. Friday's blowout of the Brooklyn Nets complete a 10-5 month. 

“It was a great month that we had and it needs to translate over into the new year," said Wall, who had 19 points and a game-high 14 assists in a 118-95 vcitory. "We have a good road trip coming up going up against Houston. They like to shoot a lot of threes. It was something to end the year the way we wanted to: to get 10 wins in the month, and getting back to where we thought we could be.”

Wall produced 11 double-doubles (10 of them points/assists), averaging 24.5 points on 49 percent shooting, 10.7 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.6 steals, as the Wizards are back to .500 at 16-16 to end the calendar year. He already has 20 double-doubles in 30 appearances.

The hot streak mirrors what Wall did exactly one year ago with the Wizards struggling then, too. He was named the NBA’s Player of the Month for the first time in his career. Then he had 22.6 points, 11.7 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals but the Wizards went 8-8. It started with an upset of the Cleveland Cavaliers on their home floor — their first such loss in 2015 — with 34 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and four rebounds. 

This time, he has a stronger case though the competition will determine if he succeeds. Wall had a career-high 52 points in a loss to the Orlando Magic and 36 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in a win over the Indiana Pacers. Wall has yet to get a Player of the Week honor, which also is determined by the league.

 

“This was a big month for us. I think if we didn’t get to the point where we’re at now, we’d be in a lot of trouble and it would have put a lot of pressure on us," Wall said of the 16-16 Wizards who began 2-8. "It was great for us to have a lot of home games. We started getting a little more, our fans started coming out a little bit and it was amazing for us. Hopefully we can keep this going into the new year.”

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