For the first time all year, Jan Vesely cracked a huge smile after throwing down another alley-oop in the Wizards' 120-91 rout of Orlando at Verizon Center. Vesely wasn't the only Wizard grinning from ear to ear as Washington won its season-high third game in a row. For once, the Wizards looked like they were having fun.
Vesely was among six Wizards to score in double figures in a game in which Washington never trailed.
"Today was a great game, everybody enjoyed playing," Vesely said. "We played together and we helped each other on defense and offense. We just had fun."
Vesely had his finest game in a red, white and blue uniform, scoring 10 points, along with 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
Emeka Okafor also had fun. The veteran power forward had his finest game in his first season with D.C., tallying 19 points and 11 rebounds. John Wall had fun in his second game back from injury. Wall had 12 points and dished out 6 assists, including a highlight crossover to make Orlando defender Ish Smith buckle to his knees as Wall blew by him to find the cutting Kevin Seraphin for an easy baseline dunk. Rookie guard Bradley Beal joined the fun, pumping in 17 points on 7-10 shooting as the Wizards again looked extremely polished on offense.
“That's the best basketball we played all year team-wise," Beal said. "That's just the way we have to keep playing throughout the rest of the year."
A.J. Price -- who for now is starting at point guard until Wall is ready to start -- had another solid game, with 18 points and 6 assists.
"Just these three games, being able to show what we're capable of doing night in and night out," Price said. "These games have not been flukes, we have just been playing very well."
Price and the Wizards have seen plenty of losses this year and that has taken its toll, but the recent winning and the return of Wall has given the team some hope.
"At the end of the day this is our job and when you go back to having fun it makes going to work fun," Price said. "You enjoy going out there playing."