Written By Jeremy Batka @EastCoastAssn
Thanks to a buzzer beating three pointer from Jordan Crawford the Wizards managed to sweep the Trail Blazers in Portland Monday night 98-95.
Impressive depth and good team defense allowed the Wizards to hand Portland their sixth straight loss. The Wizards led by as much as 8 points in the fourth quarter but it was a games of runs and Washington was not able to pull away from Portland until the final shot.
On a night when John Wall and Bradley Beal did not play their best it was nice to see other players step up and pick up the slack. Beal and Wall had a combined 8 points although it should be noted that Wall should have had more assists if weren't for some early game butter fingers from his teammates.
Martell Webster played his first five years in Portland and tonight he scorched his former team dropping 24 points going 4-6 from beyond the arc. Webster also had six assists and four rebounds and lead team in minutes with 38.
Enough can't be said about Wizards' big men Nene and Emeka Okafor. Nene had 24 points nine rebounds five assists and four steals carrying the Wizards in the first half. Okafor had 13 points and 13 rebounds as both big men also played great defense.
But the night belonged to Jordan Crawford. Randy Wittman went to Crawford late with Beal struggling. Crawford did not disappoint knocking down multiple deep threes on an efficient 3-4 from three point land, he had 13 points total.
Crawford had been quiet since his return from injury but that all changed tonight. It's clear that with a healthy John Wall this Wizards team can win plenty of ball games, but if somehow Crawford can be an efficient bench scorer, there's no telling how high this team can go.
The Wizards will finish their western road trip Wednesday night in Utah. Wizards will be looking for their sixth win in their last eight games.