With each jump shot that found the bottom of the net, the hand slaps got harder and the bounce in his step got bigger. On most nights, John Wall’s speed, not his shooting stroke, has paced the Washington Wizards’ offensive attack. Friday night, the third-year guard found his touch from the outside, scoring 14 points in the third quarter en route to a season-high 29 to lead the Wizards past the New Orleans Hornets at Verizon Center, 96-87.

Wall tied a career-high with three three-pointers as the Wizards won their fourth straight at home, completing a two-game season sweep of New Orleans (22-44).

While Wall used his typical array of crossovers and quickness to find space, it was the way he finished those moves that had him nodding his head and the Wizards (22-42) surging ahead. With the teams knotted at 52 near the start of the third period, Wall pulled up for a jumper near the elbow that swished through the net, sparking the Wizards to a 12-4 run.