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John Wall pushed Bobby Portis to finish with 30 points in Wizards debut

John Wall, Wizards, Bobby Portis

Bobby Portis scored 30 points in his Washington Wizards debut on Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and it looks like Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall motivated him.

Portis had 18 points at halftime. That’s when Wall told the big man if he didn’t finish with at least 30 points, he was a punk.

Bobby Portis heard Wall loud and clear and made sure not to disappoint his new floor general. The Arkansas native shot an efficient 12-of-18 from the field, 4-of-6 from beyond the arc and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line on his 30-point night. Washington defeated the Cavs, 119-106, to improve to 23-32 on the season and 17-11 at home.

Washington acquired Portis and Jabari Parker from the Chicago Bulls and both players are going to be valuable additions to the team. Wall, who is out for the season, is going to try and be a good leader behind the scenes and do whatever he can to help motivate his teammates to be great. It already worked with Portis, so that’s a good sign for the Wizards.

Portis becomes a restricted free agent in the summer. As everyone knows, players in contract years always play with a chip on their shoulder, and that’s going to work to the Wizards’ advantage with Portis.