Coach Wittman calls it Wizards’ best game so far this season…
The Washington Wizards crushed the Miami Heat on Monday night in what coach Randy Wittman described as their best performance so far this season.
The Wizards improved to 11-5 with the win, as point guard John Wall ran the offense and ended the game with 18 points and 13 assists while Washington held Miami to 0-12 on 3-point attempts in the second half.
Rasual Butler added 23 while Marcin Gortat scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the hosts never trailed and led by 21 in the first half and 25 in the second.
Heat star Chris Bosh conceded that their opponents picked them apart throughout the game and although he finished with 21 points along with 20 points from Dwyane Wade, it wasn’t enough to avoid defeat and a slip to 9-8 for the year.
Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs inflicted a 17th straight loss on the Philadelphia 76ers with Kawhi Leonard stepping up in the absence of some key starters.
Both Tim Duncan and Tony Parker did not play, and so the Spurs ran more plays through Leonard who scored a team-high 26 points along with 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals as the defending champions move to 13-4 with their eighth consecutive win.
Aron Baynes (15), Manu Ginobili and Cory Joseph both with 14 ensured it was another team effort for Gregg Popovich as they continue to recover from their slow start to the season and are now amongst the pack at the top of the Western Conference.
In contrast, unsurprisingly the 76ers are still rooted to the bottom of the East and coach Brett Brown is still searching for the answers to end their losing streak.
Another team struggling is the Minnesota Timberwolves, and they dropped to 4-12 for the season after their loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.
Blake Griffin had 23 points and eight rebounds to spark the hosts, while JJ Redick also added 23 points in a strong three-point shooting performance.
San Antonio Spurs 109-103 Philadelphia 76ers
Miami Heat 86-107 Washington Wizards
Denver Nuggets 103-101 Utah Jazz
Minnesota Timberwolves 101-127 Los Angeles Clippers