The Washington Wizards will not share the record for worst road record in an NBA season, 1-40. Washington got its second road win of the season tonight, topping the 36-39 Utah Jazz 100-95 in overtime. Washington is now 2-35 on the road this season.
The Wizards were led by John Wall, who played almost 50 minutes and topped everyone with 28 points. Wall seemed completely gassed, having played 44 minutes last night, and he fell apart a bit in the second half. Wall poured in 24 points and shot 10-11 in the first half, but was held scoreless in the second half and added 4 points on free throws in the overtime period. He missed all 9 shots he took from the field after halftime. It seemed as if Wall was also bothered by the zone defense the Jazz used in the second half to get the ball out of his hands. Nevertheless, Wall also contributed 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and, impressively, committed only 2 turnovers all night.
Jordan Crawford shot a miserable 9 of 25 from the field and seriously needs to think about shooting fewer 3-pointers [1-10 tonight], but he scored 25, including two steals leading two four points in overtime. It was Crawford who it a big-time jumper with 4.4 seconds in regulation to send the game to overtime. Javale McGee, coming off a huge night against the Golden State Warriors, scored 11 points and pulled down 17 rebounds. However, like Wall, McGee seemed to be running on empty in the second half, another victim of playing a ton of minutes with the roster so full of injuries.