Washington Wizards Rookie PG John Wall recorded 19 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists and six deals in last night’s 98-91 victory over the Houston Rockets to become the third youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double. Only LeBron James and Lamar Odom have been able to produce that type of stat line at a younger age. “I wasn’t forcing too much tonight,” said Wall. “Finding my teammates, making the right reads. Sometimes I get too excited trying to make a spectacular play instead of the simple play. Tonight I think I did the right thing with the simple plays.”
Al Thornton and Andray Blatche led the scoring campaign for Washington with 20 apiece. Yi Jianlian came off the bench for 13 points, seven rebounds and four blocks. The Wizards found themselves up nine after the first block while Houston center Yao Ming watched from the sidelines with a strained tendon in his right leg.
The Rockets chipped away at the deficit, eventually gaining the one-point lead courtesy of Kevin Martin finding Luis Scola for the layup with 5:52 remaining. Blatche then sparked a late-game run with three consecutive buckets to solidify the W for Washington. Houston will look to improve on Friday when they travel to Conseco Fieldhouse to matchup with the Indiana Pacers as the Rockets play host to the Charlotte Bobcats at the Verizon Center.