The Washington Wizards entered Monday night’s game with a disappointing 11-14 record and a boatload of injuries, but John Wall, Marcin Gortat and Garrett Temple gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about in a fun 113-99 victory.
Let’s start with Wall. Yeah, he was a wretched 4-of-15 from the field, but he also notched a career-high 19 assists and finished a game-high +27. He controlled the game from start to finish, and he also recorded four steals on the evening.
Gortat was the beneficiary of a bunch of those Wall assists. The Polish big man shot 12-of-19 from the field, and 10 of those 12 baskets came off Wall dimes. That 12-of-19 from the field turned into 27 points, and he also grabbed 16 boards:
Marcin Gortat: first career game with 25 points & 15 rebounds
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 22, 2015
Meanwhile, Gortat’s counterpart, DeMarcus Cousins, had “only” 22 points and eight rebounds while shooting 8-of-22 from the field. Needless to say, Cousins wasn’t thrilled about the final score and how his individual matchup went:
Asked Cousins about seeing Gortat's stat line: "You know that bothers the sh*t out of me."
— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) December 22, 2015
And finally, there’s Temple. A game after scoring a career-high 21 points, he bested that with 23 points on 8-of-17 shooting and 5-of-10 from three. Not too shabby for a short-handed squad that basically only played eight guys, although unfortunately Wall added a rib injury to his collection of maladies late in the win.