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Showboating dunk lands McGee on bench

The Sports Xchange

Wizards guard John Wall had a brilliant game, scoring a career-high 38 points, adding eight assists and only two turnovers, but the Wizards still managed to come up short against the Rockets on Monday at Verizon Center. Wall didn't get a lot of help from his supporting cast. Jordan Crawford was the only other Wizards player to have even a decent game, scoring 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting.

Other than Wall's show-stopping performance, in which he played aggressive and drove to the basket, the talk of the game was a showboating third-quarter dunk by JaVale McGee. The Wizards were down by four when McGee got the ball on a breakaway, threw the ball off the backboard and dunked. The Rockets responded by going on a 17-4 run en route to a 114-106 victory. Wizards coach Flip Saunders responded by putting McGee on the bench, where he stayed for nine minutes.

"I told him that's unacceptable," Saunders said. "I mean, maybe I'm too old school, but save that for the All-Star Game, not during the game. That's the point, that right there. We need (to play) meat-and-potato basketball."

After the game, McGee failed to see what upset Saunders so much about the play.

"Apparently, if you get a fast break and throw it off the backboard in the third quarter, and you're 1-11, you're not supposed to do stuff like that," McGee said.

The Wizards next game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Washington. D.C. on Wednesday.

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