The Washington Wizards continued their surprising 2013-14 season last night with a win over one of the Western Conference’s best teams, the Portland Trail Blazers. This win comes during a recent stretch of impressive wins for the Wizards dating back to Jan. 15, which includes victories over the Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
John Wall led the way for the Wizards with 22 points and added five rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks. Trevor Ariza chipped in with 20 points, and Bradley Beal and Nene Hilario both added 13. For the Trail Blazers, Damian Lillard led the team with 25 points. Washington improved to 24-23 on the season, making it their first time being over .500 this year.
A large part of their success has been the consistent play of Wall who is making a case for himself of being one of the league’s elite point guards if he isn’t considered one already. Wall is averaging 19.8 PPG along with 8.5 APG and 4.4 RPG. His scoring average ranks fifth among all point guards in the NBA.
Being in the same division as the Heat, it is unlikely that the Wizards will win their division this year, but they have a very strong chance of making the playoffs. They currently sit at No. 5 in the East, and with the lack of depth in the conference this year it is more than likely that they will get in. Washington faces a tough test in their next game as they take on the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.