Unlike when these teams met a week ago, when the Wizards were lifeless in a 17-point defeat, they blitzed the Memphis Grizzlies to stretch their win streak to a season-high three games and move closer to .500.
Garrett Temple, who set career-highs in the previous two games, led the Wizards (13-14) with 20 points on 8-for-17 shooting. Five other players reached double-figures with Ramon Sessions (16), John Wall (14), Marcin Gortat (12), Jared Dudley (11) and Kelly Oubre (10).
Wall also had a game-high 14 assists after setting a career-high with 19 Monday. Gortat had a game-high 12 rebounds and had plenty of help neutralizing the physical Grizzlies (16-15). Temple and Dudley had six rebounds and Oubre seven as the Wizards held a 44-35 overall edge.
Mike Conley was the Grizzlies' only offense early. He scored 15 of his game-high 21 in the first half. Jeff Green had 19 and Zach Randolph 16.
- Memphis got out to a 6-0 lead, but the Wizards went on a 12-2 run because they're still sticking to their pace-and-space principles. Temple's first basket came off a push from a made basket as did Wall's first bucket also came after a made basket. And they did it while holding their second consecutive opponent to less than 100 points.
- Sessions' relentless play continues. If there's not a path to the rim he creates one, doesn't give up his dribble and forces whistles to get to the foul line to manufacture his offense. This has been a glaring weakness for the Wizards as a whole, particularly with Wall who believes he doesn't get the benefit of the doubt on calls on drives. Sessions, who is no Wall, gets them because he goes at defenders and doesn't fall away or try to avoid contact. He looks for it and gets rewarded. With the Wizards' offense in a drought, Sessions made a three-pointer for an 84-70 lead but then drew a whistle to make something out of nothing in traffic. Sessions went to the foul line for make both shots and an 86-72 lead. Though he comes off the bench, Sessions led the Wizards in foul shooting with six attempts.
- Mario Chalmers picked up three fouls in a 40-second span, the last one for bowling over Kris Humphries, and lost his cool with game officials. He was assessed two technical fouls -- so was his coach, Dave Joerger -- and ejected at 10:11 of the second quarter. When the episode was over and foul shots taken, Washington led 36-18.
- In his third start, Oubre made his first two three-point shots on wide-open looks created by Wall He's 6-for-6 in his last three games. This is something Otto Porter, who missed his third game in a row with a bruised left thigh, hadn't been doing even before his injury. Oubre's mechanics on the long ball looks good every time and he battled Memphis' bigs inside. His athleticism, length and quickness negated their size as he had a twisting putback in the paint in the fourth when the Wizards really needed a basket to make the score 88-75. Again, however, Oubre picked up too many fouls early. He was hit with his fourth less than two minutes into the third quarter on a cheap reach-in on Marc Gasol, who was already going up and couldn't be stopped, when he should've just let the big man go.
- Even in his advanced age, Tony Allen is a difficult matchup and he hawked Wall for most of the game. Wall shot just 5-for-18 as he was there to contest almost every shot. It allowed the smaller Conley to be fresh on the offensive end where he was desperately needed. With the Wizards trying to hold off a late charge, Wall walked the ball up the court and didn't meet resistance and hit an in-rhythm three to all but seal it 98-85 with 3:46 left.