Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has been flat-out unstoppable over the past few weeks, using his speed, athleticism and a newfound jump shot to post averages in March of 22 points, eight assists and nearly two steals per game.
So far in April, Wall has kept up that level of play and the Wizards have been the main beneficiaries, going 3-1 in the first week of the month. Wall has been wonderful and the Wizards have been winning. The AFRO recaps the week that was for the Washington Wizards:
Mar. 31—Washington 109, Toronto 92: Wall’s emergence carried over into an afternoon victory in front of fans at the Verizon Center, as he recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 assists. While Wall was efficient, it was rookie Bradley Beal who returned from an ankle injury to score 24 points off the bench, adding six 3-pointers along the way. Five players scored in double figures for Washington and Beal's shooting opened up the offense as the home team built a 10-point halftime lead and never looked back. Fueled by a hot-shooting Beal, Washington connected on 52 percent of its shots from downtown as Nene sat out with a sore right knee.
April 2—Washington 90, Chicago 86: Chicago entered the Verizon Center angling for a playoff position, but Washington managed to put a major dent in their postseason plans as they knocked off an ailing Bulls team that was missing many key players. Neither Wall (27 points, nine assists and eight rebounds) nor Washington let up long enough to give Chicago the benefit of the doubt. Chicago, already missing Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, ended the night with Taj Gibson (knee injury) and Kirk Hinrich (ejection) resting in the locker room. Carlos Boozer led Chicago with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
April 3—Toronto 88, Washington 78: Washington lost their offensive touch in a road trip to Toronto as Beal (right leg injury) was shut down for the rest of the season shortly before game time. The result was a lackluster Wizards attack that failed to crack 80 points against one of the worst teams in the league. Wall scored 20 points but connected on just 5-of-17 shooting as Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas combined for 49 points. Washington shot just 32 percent from the field and 26 percent from long range.
April 6—Washington 104, Indiana 85: The Wizards knocked off another playoff-caliber team at home as Wall scored 37 points and Washington outscored the visitors 53-27 in the second half. On a night in which Washington celebrated the 35th anniversary of the team's lone championship, Wall led an inspired effort that pushed the Wizards home streak to nine straight wins.
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