Wall Leads Washington to First Victory in Near Quadruple-Double Effort
It wasn't so much John Wall's performance as it was the 76ers' overabundance of mistakes and missed opportunities, but Wall did have quite the impressive game. The rookie point guard finished with a near quadruple-double, well, sort of. He finished with 29 points, scoring 7 of the final 9 points in regulation to send the game into overtime and then the first two points of the extra period for the Wizards. He added 13 assists, 9 steals and 8 turnovers. Wall's blazing quickness and open-court superiority had the 76ers on their heels all night and gave him open slashing lane through the paint which he gladly took advantage of.
In this anticipated matchup of the NBA's bottom two teams, the top two draft picks, Wall and Evan Turner squared off. Turner scored all 9 of his points in the 4th Quarter to put the 76ers ahead with time winding down, but a John Wall lay-in and assist to Cartier Martin from 26-feet out as time expired stole the show.
Andre Iguodala and Jrue Holiday combined for 22 assists, but also 10 of the 76ers' 22 turnovers. On the other side, Wall committed 8 and teammate Andray Blatche committed 6 in the mistake-prone basketball contest.