By Elaine Donnelly
Extending sexual misconduct to combat units
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Wall scored 19 points and Washington held the Suns to 33.7 percent shooting en route to an 88-79 win Wednesday night, its first victory in the Valley since December 2006.
For the first 40 minutes Wednesday night Washington looked uninspired against a Utah squad that had won seven of its previous nine. But instead of giving up after trailing by 22 points in the first half and 15 entering the fourth quarter, Washington fought back within two on Kevin Seraphin's jumper with 6:57 left.
Bradley Beal scored 23 points, John Wall blocked Ty Lawson's attempt for a tying layup in the final seconds, and the Washington Wizards hung on to beat the Denver Nuggets 112-108 on Friday night to snap an eight-game road losing streak.
Emeka Okafor had 19 points and 11 rebounds, leading six players in double figures for Washington in a 120-91 victory over the Orlando Magic on Monday night for the Wizards' third straight win.
Bradley Beal made a jumper with 0.3 seconds left Monday night, lifting the short-handed Washington Wizards a 101-99 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, who missed 16 straight shots at one stretch.
In the visitors' locker room at United Center, Nene sat, as usual, with his feet soaking in ice water. The Wizards had just lost to the Chicago Bulls, and Nene watched as two French-speaking reporters interviewed Kevin Seraphin in his native language, a common occurrence during Washington's road games.
Garrett Temple and Shelvin Mack don't want to pack their bags and return to the D-League. Kevin Seraphin doesn't want his mentor, Nene, to be mad at him again. Bradley Beal didn't want a second-straight scoreless dud on his highlight reel. All in all, those were just a few of the motivating factors that led to an inspired effort by the Washington Wizards, who defeated the Orlando Magic 105-97 on Friday at Verizon Center.
It was a conversation no one dared to interrupt. In the wake of the Wizards' 87-84 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday at Verizon Center, Nene and Kevin Seraphin sat huddled, their facial expressions offering just a hint of what the two big men were discussing.
The Hawks wanted there to be no doubt this time. When the Wizards came to visit back on Nov. 21, they took the Hawks to overtime, and came within a split second of a winning on Martell Webster's catch and shoot at the buzzer.
For two and a half quarters, the Wizards just seemed to be hanging around. On Friday night at Madison Square Garden, the Wizards played just well enough to keep pace with the Knicks. Until the halfway point in the third quarter that is. Then the Knicks shifted into another gear and the Wizards simply couldn't keep up, losing 108-87.
Up by two over the Portland Trail Blazers, the Washington Wizards had blown a 15-point fourth quarter lead and were barely hanging on, almost holding their collective breath until the final buzzer. When it sounded, the Wizards found themselves in the win column for the first time this season.
Nene was nowhere to be found. The Washington Wizards 6-foot-11 center wasn't on the inactive list, but he wasn't at the end of the bench, either. After playing more than 48 minutes total in the last two games, Nene sat out the Wizards game against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday at Verizon Center, a 26-point blowout loss.
Martell Webster was stunned. He sat in front of his stall in the visitors locker room at Phillips Arena, still unable to believe what had just happened. Webster thought he had hit the game winning shot — a put-back of a missed jumper by Kevin Seraphin in the closing seconds Wednesday night.
Two games into the 2012-13 season, Chris Singleton wasn't sure what to think. In the Washington Wizards' opening game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Singleton played 17 minutes and had a pedestrian outing — four points, four rebounds and two assists.
For three and half quarters, it looked as though the Boston Celtics were just toying with the Washington Wizards — keeping the score close before shifting into another gear and blowing the visitors out of the gym. The Wizards had other ideas.
"He was happy, he was glad," Seraphin said.
I carry everything to heart that he tells me and I try to execute it.