Something about being in Los Angeles provides a feeling of healing for John Wall, who spends his summers there. The point guard had plenty of motivation beyond ending the Wizards' two-game losing streak. His mother, who was hospitalized because of fluid in her lungs last month when he made his first All-Star Game appearance, came to see him, too.
"I guess it's Staples Center," Wall said after tallying game highs of 28 points and 14 assists in Friday's 117-107 victory vs. the Lakers. "Lights get dark. Celebrities out there. It’s a big crowd. I just enjoy playing in L.A. I feel like I’m healthier in L.A. You feel like any pain you have go away. Its great, my agent is out here, my financial advisor is out here, everybody that I know from the summer is here."
Wall trains in L.A during the offseason. He had 19 points and 11 assists in a loss at the L.A. Clippers earlier this season, also at Staples Center. Last season, Wall had 24 points and set a career-high with 16 assists at the Lakers.
"My mom gets the opportunity to come visit and see me play. This is the first game she’s seen me play in a while. It’s great to have her here," said Wall. "She’s been here for a week enjoying herself, getting away from the snow and the cold weather. She’s feeling a lot better."
Teammate Marcin Gortat had a lower back injury that kept him out of Thursday's game at the Portland Trail Blazers. He came to Los Angeles and after less than a hour of treatment he declared that he was cured by a local orthopedic. Gortat played without flare-up or incident Friday.
Maybe Wall is onto something.