Pregame warmup: Bench trio comes up big

Pregame warmup: Bench trio comes up big
January 18, 2014, 4:00 pm
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The Wizards have found answers with Nene no longer on the bench. That Martell Webster is one of them comes as no surprise. But the play of Trevor Booker and Garrett Temple in this three-game winning streak -- and it could grow to four after Saturday's game vs. the Detroit Pistons -- has been exceptional.

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The trio shot 14-for-22 for 32 points in Friday's 96-93 win vs. the Chicago Bulls; 10-for-14 for 27 points in Wednesday's 114-97 win vs. the Miami Heat; and 10-for-19 for 28 points in Monday's win at the Bulls. 

Webster started out the season out of rhythm with the second unit and wasn't always able to get acclimated. He had two games in which he only attempted one shot and the Wizards' reserves were last in the NBA at 18.6 points per game.

Temple, who was a 39% three-point shooter in the D-League, is playing with more confidence and running the offense well in place of John Wall. Booker, who is in his fourth season and started for Nene while he dealt with soreness in his right foot and played under minutes restrictions, has shown improvement in his ability to create and make difficult shots. He's finishing through contact, converting acrobatic reverses, putting the ball on the floor and hitting pull-up jumpers. 

A win vs. Detroit puts Washington above .500 for the first time in Wall's career. And Booker's too. 

"It would mean a lot but it's going to be tough, especially coming off a back-to-back," Booker said. "We're up for the challenge. The guys who have been here the last three or four years, it would mean a lot to us to get over .500."

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