Playing with his right pinky finger taped, John Wall went for 11 points in a game-changing third quarter for the Wizards as they drew even in their season series with the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday with a 109-93 win, giving them their 11th triumph in a row at Verizon Center. They’re 16-6 at home.
The franchise’s last 11-game home win streak came in 1989 by the then-Bullets.
Wall drained three three-pointers in a 30-15 third quarter and came within range of a triple-double (25 points, seven rebounds, seven assists) but didn’t play in the fourth quarter as the Wizards (20-19) went back above .500.
He entered this game after a terrible performance in the Wizards’ loss in Boston, when he shot 4-for-21 with a swollen left wrist and a pinkie that was out of place.
Wall shot 9-for-17 in this one and was followed by Bradley Beal (20 points, four rebounds), Markieff Morris (14 points, nine rebounds), Marcin Gortat (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Otto Porter (10 points, six rebounds).
Jahlil Okafor (22 points) led Philadelphia (12-26) and Ersan Ilysavoa (18 points, seven rebounds) was a difficult cover early. Ilyasova, however, didn’t score in the second half. No other starter scored more than Robert Covington (seven points).
--When the Wizards made their run to start the third quarter, they suffocated Philadelphia’s offense by forcing the non-three-point shooters, T.J. McConnell, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Gerald Henderson, into launching low-percentage shots.
--Ilyasova is a matchup problem because he’s too big and strong for the likes of Porter and too good of a three-point shooter to leave uncovered which knocks Morris and Gortat outside of their comfort zone. But Ilyasova didn’t score in the second half when he shot 0-for-4.
--The Wizards only had six assists on their first 23 made shots. It was an indication of Wall and Beal having to get points on their own to keep them in it. They combined for 32 in the first half on 12-for-23 shooting.
--Nik Stauskas (two points) was caught vs. Gortat on switches on two occasions and the Wizards couldn’t get a bucket out of it. But they made the Sixers pay for such gambles in the second half when Gortat had eight points and six rebounds in the pivotal third. Stauskas scored 15 in their Nov. 16 meeting, won 109-102 by Philadelphia. He shot 1-for-8.
-- Foul trouble reared its head for Morris yet again. He only had one in the first half, but he had two within a 120-second span of the third quarter to put him in foul trouble. He’d dropped in a corner three that helped the Wizards get out to a 7-0 run to start the third and force a timeout by the Sixers.
-- Nerlens Noel picked up two fouls in the last 35 seconds to give him five in 13 minutesplayed. But he also had six points and 12 rebounds.