Tuesday NBA Roundup: John Wall’s Career Night Can’t Mask Wizards’ Struggles

December 6th, 2016 by Adam Fromal Leave a reply »

With 23.5 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter Tuesday night, John Wall strode to the free-throw line and calmly knocked down a pair of freebies—his 10th and 11th of the night. As the second one ripped through the nylon, he set a new career high in points, having torched the overmatched Orlando Magic backcourt for 52 points, four rebounds, eight assists and three steals.

He'd shot a stellar 18-of-31 from the field and 5-of-8 from downtown, while his four turnovers were reasonable given how frequently he controlled the rock.

This was against a nondescript Magic outfit that was finishing a five-game trip away from the Sunshine State. It came in front of Wall's hometown faithful at the Verizon Center. Surely, he could help steer the struggling Washington Wizards back on track.

Except Washington lost, 124-116.

The proceedings weren't even as close as that final margin might indicate. The Wizards were badly outplayed, failing to slow down Elfrid Payton or any other member of the Orlando bench. They barely bothered to contest shots at times, looking far too disinterested for a squad that's now w ...

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