Capital City Pushes Streak to Six with Win over Long Island
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Chris Chiozza's career night proved enough as the Capital City Go-Go (14-9) won their sixth-straight game, defeating the Long Island Nets (17-7), 114-106, in Southeast, D.C.
Chiozza scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Go-Go, 24 of which came in the second half. After a back-and-forth first half, the point guard's 19 points in the third quarter helped the Go-Go push to an 81-61 lead late in the frame, Capital City's largest lead of the game. With the big quarter, Chiozza locked down his second-consecutive 20-point performance.
The short-handed Nets, playing with just seven players tonight, were able to close the game within three with 6:24 remaining in the fourth after a Thomas Wimbush made three, but a quick 9-1 run for the Go-Go capped by a Troy Brown Jr. lay-in ultimately put the game out of reach.
Wizards' two-way player Jordan McRae added 22 points and six rebounds in the contest for his sixth-straight 20-plus-point performance and 15th overall of the season. Isaiah Armwood tallied his third double-double in the last five games with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Pe'Shon Howard (16 points) and Wizards' assignment player Troy Brown Jr. (10 points) also scored in double figures for the Go-Go.
Shannon Scott had 11 points, 11 rebounds and a season-high-tying 20 assists, for his second triple-double in the last week to lead the Nets. Thomas Wimbush had 26 points and 11 rebounds, his fourth 20-point game of the season and his third double-double. Okaro White scored 23 points to go along with nine rebounds for his second 20-point game of the season. Kamari Murphy (13 points), Nuni Omot (12 points) and Drew Gordon (12 points) all scored in double-figures as well.
The Go-Go will aim for their fifth-consecutive road victory and seventh win in-a-row overall in Lakeland as they take on the Magic on Tuesday, January 15 at 11:00 a.m., the team's first weekday matinee of the year. The Nets will head home to face the Grand Rapids Drive on Wednesday, January 16 at 11:00 a.m.
GO-GO HEAD COACH JARELL CHRISTIAN
On the key during the six-game winning streak:
"Playing together on both ends of the court. Defensively, we have locked in. We have been one of the better teams -- top five in the league defensively, and I think that really has carried over to the offense. When you are playing team defense, you have each other's back. They trust each other on offense. The ball moves, we play with pace and get great looks, but it is just about spacing the court, sharing the basketball, and that is what we have been doing this winning streak."
On withstanding the Nets' run late in the game:
"I thought that was just coming off of transition, us not getting back and matched up. Once we were able to do that and play against five guys on defense, we are a pretty good defense. We stabbed a little bit in the backcourt, we were very undisciplined off of that stretch there, so basically all we had to do was just refocus on the things we do well and that is what we did. We got back the lead, but I thought it was spurts there in the fourth, we did not play our brand of basketball, so it is just locking back in and doing what we do."
On Chris Chiozza:
"We knew coming into the game their defense was going to be loaded up in the paint, and some of those mid-range shots that Chris is really good at taking, he shot them with confidence."
GO-GO GUARD CHRIS CHIOZZA
On the game:
"Just us playing hard, playing for one another. I got going in the second half. My teammates just told me shoot the ball, stop passing it. I just listened to them and when I had a good shot, I just took it. I was hitting tonight."
On what they did to withstand the Nets' run:
"We just focused on the game plan. We knew that they were a scrappy team, they play really well offensively together, so we knew they were going to make a run at some point and we just kept doing what we were doing on the offensive end, not get too worried about it. We knew we were making shots, we had good ball movement tonight, so we just focused on doing what was working."
On what they have done well in the six-game winning streak:
"Just effort, playing hard and being more locked in to the scouting report, knowing people, and what they like to do, and making people uncomfortable."
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