Cartier Martin and John Wall Continue To Dazzle as Wizards Win

Shae Cronin@@BetBigDCCorrespondent IJuly 16, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 18:  John Wall #11 of the Kentucky Wildcats drives the ball against the East Tennessee State Buccaneers during the first round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the New Orleans Arena on March 18, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Wildcats defeated the Buccaneers 100-71.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Although beginning the game on a 15-0 run, the Washington Wizards managed to turn Thursday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks into a bit of a nail-biter. 

The Wizards eventually moved to 3-0 in Summer League action after playing decent defense, and sinking crucial free throws down the stretch. 

John Wall had arguably his best game yet as a professional, scoring 21 points, grabbing seven rebounds, and dishing out 10 assists.

And the added bonus for Wall? Only three turnovers. 

Many were concerned with Wall's high turnover rate in the team's first two Summer League games. Wall silenced those critics in a game where he appeared to be displaying his sensational dribbling abilities. 

Second-year player Cartier Martin continued to make his case for a roster spot tonight. The former Kansas State Wildcat finished with a team-high 23 points and five rebounds. 

Martin has a great NBA body at 6'7, 220 pounds, and he has shown the ability to play both the shooting guard and small forward position.

Martin could be seen in flashes during tonight's win, whether it be with his quick and solid jumper or his defensive help. 

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JaVale McGee finished the game with 18 points and four rebounds, once again showing his agility all over the court. 

John Wall connected with JaVale McGee on more than one alley-oop slam tonight, and McGee made the most of his put-back opportunities, slamming them home. 

In a solid attempt to keep my mouth shut, I can't help but to be excited about this Washington Wizards team.

The guys are playing together, they're playing entertaining ball, and most of all, they're playing defense.