Nick Young Dismantles Portland

4:38 PM, Feb 15, 2012   |    comments
Nick Young "swagged out" the Blazers with one of the best shooting performances of his career.
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The Wizards 124-109 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers -- albeit without LaMarcus Aldridge -- was best win of the season. By far.

It was one of those nights you can't help but giggle out loud, because you're so shocked of the events transpiring. It felt like watching a kid at Chucky Cheese playing "Ski-Ball." Shots were falling through the hole that often.

These kind of nights for the pro basketball team in Washington D.C. have been far and few between since the days of the Arenas-Jamison-Butler monster. Washington's offense was a joy to view during the wee hours of the night, and for the entire game. There wasn't one lapse.

Is this the win give the Wizards the confident shooting touch they've been lacking? Probably not. But there hasn't been one unexpected win this season for the Wizards.  

It was a Valentines Day to remember for Wizards fans. Why?

1) Nobody could miss

As a team, the Wizards shot a blazing hot 60 percent from the floor. Nick Young (35 points, 7-for-8 from three-point) was wetter than a baby's diaper. Every shot Young took barely graced the rim. It was like he had superhero powers Tuesday night. Jordan Crawford had his first 20-plus point performance since December 30 against Milwaukee and was an astounding +24 in point differential while he was on the floor. Crawford literally made every right decision, and his passing has gradually improved throughout the year.

Minus his 19 turnovers in the last three games (sounds a lot worse than it actually is) John Wall was in complete control of the tempo and choosing which Wizard was going to get the next shot. His stat line is just as gorgeous as his play was: 29 points, 10-for-14 shooting, 8-for-9 from the line, nine assists and two blocks.

2) Portland was actually playing pretty well

Which makes this feeling of a second consecutive blowout victory all the more sweeter. Nicolas Batum tied a career-high with 33 points. Gerald Wallace poured in 25 points and eight assists. Portland's defense of the Wizards perimeter could have been better, but it wasn't atrocious. The Blazers shot a very commendable 47 percent from the floor too. Portland can't kick themselves for this loss; the Wizards straight up outplayed them.

3) Stifling defense in the second quarter

There were large gaps in between scoring possessions for the Blazers on Tuesday, which means the Wizards were producing stops. Here are some of the larger gaps between Portland scores in the second:

11:03-8:41, 7:20-5:26, 1:57-0:00. Washington outscored the Trail Blazers 30-20 in the quarter, enabling the Wiz Kids to grip momentum firmly.

The Wizards aren't playing like themselves and hope to continue that trend Wednesday night in Los Angeles against the Clippers. Win or loss, expect a full on analysis piece of this Wizards team tomorrow AM.

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