John Wall is heating up and the Washington Wizards are figuring out how to win on the road. They all need to reverse recent history Saturday against the Boston Celtics in order to register their first three game road win streak since the end of the 2011–12 season.
Wall is averaging career highs of 19.6 points‚ 9.1 assists and 2.1 steals‚ and he helped the Wizards (11–13) to consecutive victories in New York this week.
The first overall pick in 2010 had 20 points‚ eight assists and six rebounds in a 102–101 win over the Knicks on Monday‚ and Wall scored 21 points and handed out six assists while making a pair of key defensive plays down the stretch in a 113–107 victory against the Nets the following night.
“Coming on this trip to New York and over the bridge to Brooklyn‚ it′s huge” coach Randy Wittman said. “It′s huge.”
Washington is one of the better 3 point shooting teams in the NBA‚ making 39.3 percent of its attempts. Wall has improved his accuracy from long range‚ as hes shooting 32.6 percent after posting a 24.3 mark in his first three seasons.
Wall and his teammates may not have too many open looks from long range against the Celtics‚ who have allowed opponents to make 32.5 percent of their 3s to rank among the NBA′s best.
The Celtics (12–15) are coming off a tough loss‚ but they′ve dominated this series recently. Boston has won seven straight meetings overall‚ as well as six in a row and nine of 10 at home.
Against visiting Detroit on Wednesday‚ the Celtics scored a season high 42 points in the first quarter to jump out to a 19 point lead but they allowed the Pistons to rally for a 107–106 win.
“It′s easy for all of us‚ myself included‚ to be really focused on We had a 19 point lead and didn′t win the game‚ but we got outplayed for 36 minutes″ coach Brad Stevens said.
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