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Jan Vesely leads Wizards to 97-69 victory in Otto Porterís absence

7/17/13 in NBA   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

The Washington Wizards had their most complete win of Summer League play yet on Tuesday as they blew away the Denver Nuggets with a 97-69 victory, accomplishing most of the task without the assistance of Otto Porter.
 
The rookie forward Otto Porter Otto Porter practiced for an hour with the Washington Wizards on Tuesday, saying he was feeling no issues and was slated to start in the scrimmage against the Denver Nuggets.
 
Otto Porter made a decent start, going 2-for-4 in the first quarter for four points and played some pretty solid defense. But Otto Porter had to exit early in the first quarter after experiencing tightness in his right hamstring.
 
"They didn't want anything serious to happen so they just pulled me out," Porter said. "Just the quickness (of the game), I started to feel it."
 
The same injury caused Otto Porter to sit out the Washington Wizards’ scrimmage against the Toronto Raptors on Monday. However, Otto Porter’s absence on Tuesday meant that Glen Rice played increased minutes (24) in the Washington Wizards’ first Summer League win.
 
Glen Rice began the first half with a 2-for-8 shooting and missed a few easy baskets. But as the game progressed Glen Rice got a chance to get comfortable on the floor and showed off some of his more polished offensive skills. Glen Rice attacked Evan Fournier off the dribble, and at times made drives to the rim at his own will. The 22-year-old Glen Rice finished with a summer-league high 13 points on a 6-for-12 shooting against the Denver Nuggets.
 
However, it was Jan Vesely who led the Washington Wizards in scoring on with 18 points on a 9-for-11 shooting, anchoring the team’s offensive pace as they efficiently kept moving the ball (22 assists) getting chip shots at the rim (38-for-71 shooting, 53.5%) and forcing turnovers (22). It was a welcome change for the Washington Wizards who faced major offensive struggles, scoring just 52 points in their loss to the Golden State Warriors in their first Summer League scrimmage. The Washington Wizards defense previously did not fare any better against the New York Knicks, forcing the Wizards to give up 82 points in their other most recent game.
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