Wall's Surge Helps Wiz Top 76ers, But Beal Injured
by Al Galdi
Mar 04, 2013 -- 7:38am

Wizards beat Philadelphia 90-87 on Sunday night (March 3, 2013).

The Facts:

1.    The Wiz improved to 19-39 overall.

2.    The Wiz improved to 14-17 at home.

3.    The Wiz improved to 15-11 since their 4-28 start.

The Positives:
1.    The Wiz held the 76ers to 38.8-percent shooting and now are tied for fourth in the NBA in opponents’ field-goal percentage (43.7).

2.    The Wiz won the rebounding battle, 50-42.

3.    Center Emeka Okafor notched his 16th double-double over his last 34 games: 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting, 16 rebounds, three assists and a team-best plus-minus rating of plus-11 in 35:44 as a starter.  He did commit four turnovers.

4.    Point guard John Wall scored six of his 16 points over the final 93 seconds and finished 7-of-11 from the field.  He also provided six assists versus two turnovers and five rebounds in 31:20 as a starter.
     a.    The Wiz improved to 14-11 with Wall this season.

5.    Guard/forward Martell Webster went 3-for-5 on threes and finished with 16 points, two rebounds and two assists in 30:04 as a starter.  He did go just 1-for-5 on twos.  Webster is tied for second in the NBA in three-point shooting (45.2 percent).

6.    Forward Trevor Ariza went 1-for-2 on threes and had nine points, eight rebounds and two assists in 27:55 off the bench.  He did go just 1-for-6 on twos.

7.    Forward Jan Vesely (YAHN VEH-seh-lee), the sixth overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, played for 16:01 off the bench off not playing due to coach's decision in 16 of the previous 20 games.  He had six points on 3-of-6 shooting and two rebounds but also committed two turnovers, went 0-for-2 on free throws and tied for a team worst with a plus-minus rating of minus-six.

The Negatives:
1.    The Wiz shot just 42.5 percent from the field and now are 29th out of 30 NBA teams in field-goal percentage (43.0).

2.    The Wiz committed 16 turnovers to the 76ers’ nine.

3.    Forward/center Kevin Seraphin (SEHR-uh-fihn), the 17th overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft, went 0-for-3 from the field, totaled two rebounds and tied for a team worst with a plus-minus rating of minus-six in 9:00 off the bench.

4.    Forward Chris Singleton, the 18th overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, did not play due to coach’s decision for the 16th time this season.

5.    Forward Trevor Booker, the 23rd overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft, did not play due to coach’s decision.

6.    Center Jason Collins did not play due to coach's decision for a third consecutive game.

Injury/Absence/Roster Update:
1.    Rookie guard Bradley Beal, the third overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft, left the game late in the fourth quarter due to a sprained left ankle.  He went 2-for-3 on threes and 4-for-9 on twos and finished with 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 36:44 as a starter.

2.    Forward/center Nene (neh-NAY) returned from a two-game absence caused by a sore right shoulder.  He had 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 34:43 as a starter.  He did commit three turnovers.

3.    Point guard A.J. Price returned from a one-game absence caused by a right quad contusion.  He went 1-for-7 from the field but had three assists versus no turnovers and two rebounds in 17:08 off the bench.

4.    Forward Cartier Martin missed a 26th consecutive game due to a hyperextended left knee.



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