Against Philadelphia, Trevor Ariza dropped a career high 40 points. The night was originally for Allen Iverson, as the 76ers were retiring his jersey. The arena was sold out, as everyone came to pay tribute to Iverson. John Wall and Bradley Beal paid their tributes by giving praise to Iverson and his impact on their childhood and style of game. Ariza paid his tributes to the former scoring champ and future Hall of Famer by dropping 40 on his former team.
Ariza has been a sharp shooter for Washington this season and on Saturday night, he put on one of his best shooting performances. He drained his first eight three-pointers, which was more than the 76ers made all night. Ariza has been a great and dependable starter for the Wizards this year. For the night, he shot 14-23 on field goal range and 4-5 on the free throw range.
Ariza’s dependable shooting has become a great asset for Washington. His shooting is without a doubt a major contribution to Washington’s current win streak. This season he has been averaging 14.8 points per game, shooting 49 percent from field goal range and 43 percent from behind the arc.
Since the All-Star break, Washington has been on a roll. The Wizards are looking like a new team and Ariza has demonstrated to everyone that he has played a big role in Washington’s rebuilding phase. Washington is lucky to have such a sharp shooter on their team.