NEW YORK -- Ten days ago, John Wall was on the verge of returning from a left knee injury when the Washington Wizards visited the Brooklyn Nets and ultimately lost.
This time, Wall will be playing Friday night when the Wizards visit the Nets.
Washington (17-14) went 4-5 while Wall sat out from Nov. 25-Dec. 12 and Bradley Beal was their primary scorer. Beal averaged 23.8 points in Wall's absence when the Wizards lost four games decided by five points or fewer.
One of those was a 103-99 loss at Brooklyn on Dec. 12 when the Wizards fell behind by 14, shot 40 percent and made 4 of 22 from 3-point range. Beal scored 28 points on 11 of 33 shots and was 3 of 15 in the second half.
Wall averaged 19.5 points, 8.5 assists, and 3.8 rebounds while shooting 46.3 percent in 10 games before the injury. Since returning, Wall is averaging 15.3 points, 6.3 assists, 5.8 rebounds on 35.4 percent from the field (23 of 65).
Wall enjoyed his best game since returning on Tuesday when he totaled 18 points and 10 assists in a 116-106 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Wall helped the Wizards get off to a terrific start by accounting for 14 points and six assists in a 36-point opening quarter.
"He's the engine. We go when he's aggressive," Washington coach Scott Brooks said. "I tell our guys all the time we're one of the best teams in the league when we get a defensive stop and run. That's what happened tonight -- twice." >> Read more
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