Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wizards Burn Suns

On Saturday night at the Verizon Center, the Wizards dominated the Phoenix Suns by a score of 127-105. Tonight, Washington continued its Barnum and Bailey road trip in the Arizona desert, making their lone appearance in Phoenix to take on the 23-45 Suns.

In Washington's previous game in Charlotte, John Wall's 25 points were not enough to carry the Wizards past the Bobcats, who were led by Gerald Henderson with 27 points. Tonight, Wall would be matched up with Goran Dragic who tallied 12 points and 11 assists in a losing effort this past Saturday in D.C.

Tonight, Washington led 59-45 at the half, and cruised to an 88-79 victory, sweeping the two game season series with Phoenix. John Wall led the Wizards with 19 points and 8 assists. Nene added 17 points and 8 rebounds. The Wizards did not escape Phoenix without injury, however. Bradley Beal left the game with 9:53 left in the 4th quarter, aggravating the same ankle he had already sprained at the beginning of the month, in an attempt to block Shannon Brown's fast-break layup. To add insult to injury, Beal was called for goal-tending on the play, and was called for a technical foul for throwing his mouth guard following the call.

Wizards guard Garrett Temple and Suns guard Goran Dragic battle for the loose ball. (Photo by Matt York/Associated Press)

Phoenix was paced by Goran Dragic, who tallied another double-double, with 18 points and 11 assists. Wesley Johnson added 18 points on 8-18 shooting from the field. Jermaine O'Neal had 12 points and 6 rebounds, but left the game in the 4th quarter with a sprained ankle.

Next, the Wizards will travel to Los Angeles to square off with the Lakers at Staples Center on Friday night.