January 26, 2015

Washington Wizards Game 44 Review: For the second game in a row, the Wizards let one get away

After letting one get away against the Oklahoma City Thunder in overtime Wednesday night, the Washington Wizards faced déjà vu on the road against a Western Conference power house in the Portland Trail Blazers, falling 105-96 on Saturday. On a positive note, Paul Pierce joined the likes of Ray Allen, Reggie Miller, and Jason Terry in making 2,000 three point shots.

The first quarter started with a hot shooting start for the Wizards and a cold one for the Trail Blazers. Less than four minutes into the game, Portland’s coach Terry Stotts was forced to call a timeout as his team was down 13-2. This was motivated after Washington started out 6 of 9 from the field, while Portland was struggling with a 0 for 9 performance. The shooting woes for the Trail Blazers didn’t last as LaMarcus Aldridge, who decided to play in this game instead of immediately having thumb surgery, made five shots. Portland finished the quarter shooting 9 of 16 (56%); however, Washington sustained their 58% shooting the entire quarter and led 32-20. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 43 Review: Westbrook beats Wiz in overtime

After handling their business at home against the woeful Philadelphia 76ers on Martin Luther King Day, the Washington Wizards lost a heart breaker against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 105-103 loss in overtime.

In overtime, Nene powered the Wizards with nine of the team’s eleven points in the session. However, the Wizards had no answer for the combination of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, who combined for the Thunder’s 13 points in the session. Durant hit an impossible three drifting away from the basket and with Paul Pierce’s hand in his face to give the Thunder a two-point lead with 36 seconds left in the game. Then off the final inbound pass, Russell Westbrook was given a clear lane to the basket for the game winning layup with 0.8 seconds left without a single contest. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 42 Review: Wizards dominant, rout 76ers at home

Physical play and one of the widest talent gaps in the NBA was too much for Philadelphia to overcome, and the Wizards outscored the 76ers by at least four in every quarter en route to a 111-76 win over the 76ers in front of a lively Martin Luther King, Jr. Day crowd at Verizon Center on Monday afternoon.

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Washington Wizards Game 41 Review: Wizards earn gritty win in Brooklyn

The Washington Wizards picked up a significant win over the Brooklyn Nets on the road on Saturday, 99-90. Washington (28-13) outscored the Nets by 12 over the final three quarters en route to the victory.

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Washington Wizards Game 39 Review: Wizards beat Eastern Conference contending Bulls again, this time on the road

After beating the defending NBA champs San Antonio Spurs a night before, the Washington Wizards kept their momentum going with an impressive 105-99 win against the Chicago Bulls. After not performing too well on a five-game road trip against some of the best in the Western Conference, the Wizards have shown on national television that they are indeed legit.

In the first quarter the Wizards looked like a team that had tired legs as they were slow out of the gates giving up turnovers that led to easy transition buckets and open shots from threes that the Bulls converted. Bradley Beal helped keep it close but the Wizards had no answer for Derrick Rose who could not miss (even from half-court at the buzzer). Washington was down to the Bulls 32-26 after the first frame. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 31 Review: Wiz dumped in Dallas

Monte Ellis shook off an ankle injury sustained on Sunday, scored 20 points in 27  minutes with four steals, and helped hold Bradley Beal to 10 points and the Dallas Mavericks dumped the Washington Wizards 114-87 on Tuesday.

Rajon Rondo, recently acquired from the Boston Celtics, added 11 points and five assists.

John Wall and Kris Humphries led the Wizards (22-9) with 11 points as the team shot 4 of 12 from beyond the arc and made just 17 of 27 free throws (63 percent).

The Wizards trailed by just three after the first quarter, but a couple of different spurts, including a 11-4 run midway through the second quarter, pushed the Dallas lead to 12 with 5:03 left in the half, with Richard Jefferson going to the hole strong twice on consecutive possessions, then drilling a 3-pointer for emphasis.

The Mavericks led 63-45 at the break.

The third quarter was no better, as a particular sequence went: Beal miss, Pierce turnover, Beal foul, Pierce miss fade, Gortat miss jumper, Beal turnover, Wall turnover, Wall shooting foul.

Beal had a particularly rough night, going 4 of 14 from the floor in 28 minutes.

The Wizards are off until Friday when they take on the Thunder in Oklahoma City.

Washington Wizards Game 30 Review: Beal leads Wiz over Rockets

Bradley Beal led the Washington Wizards with 33 points as he engaged in a mano e mano shooting duel against his Houston Rockets counterpart James Harden in the Wizards’ 104-103 victory Monday night at the Toyota Center in Houston. It was the Wizards’ third straight victory, opening up a five-game road trip, while the Rockets dropped their third in a row.

The Wizards (22-8) nearly blew an 18-point third quarter lead, but the Rockets furious rally came up short as Harden’s last points, a three-pointer with one second left, provided the final margin. Harden scored nine points in the final 20 seconds.

The Rockets last led at 40-33 with 4:46 left in the second quarter, but the Wizards overtook the Rockets with a 13-5 run to go into halftime with a one-point lead that they never relinquished.

The Wizards’ shooting was impeccable, going 8 of 18 from three-point range and 26 of 28 from the free throw line. Beal himself was 5 of 9 from beyond the arc. Their free throw shooting down the stretch kept the Rockets at bay as they inched closer.

Paul Pierce added 21 points while John Wall and Nene rounded out the four Wizards starters in double figures.

Trevor Ariza scored 15 points against his former team for Houston, while Corey Brewer chipped in 15 off the bench.

Washington Wizards Game 21 Review: Beal Beats Buzzer, Magic

BEAL HITS BUZZER BEATER, WALL DROPS DOUBLE-DOUBLE

The Washington Wizards returned to the site of their first victory of the season and left with a similar result, defeating the Orlando Magic at the buzzer in Orlando, 91-89.

With 0.8 seconds left, it seemed as though the Wizards would be heading to overtime for the second straight game. That is, until head coach Randy Wittman drew up a buzzer-beating lob-pass in the huddle during a timeout.

As if it was drawn up in the dirt, Bradley Beal (9 points) rolled to the basket and looked back to Andre Miller for the pass. Miller placed the inbounds-lob-pass with precision accuracy and Beal laid it up and in before the backboard lit up in red. The Wizards stormed the floor in victory, their 15th of the season. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 17 Review: Wiz beat Lakers for 4th straight time

Bradley Beal had 27 points, on 11 of 19 shooting including three 3-pointers, and the Washington Wizards defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 111-95 at Verizon Center.

Beal also had seven assists as the Wizards (12-5) bounced back from a slow start — they trailed by six after the first period — to easily take care of the woeful Lakers squad.

“We’ve got to give some credit to L.A. [Los Angeles],” coach Randy Wittman said about the early deficit. “They shot the heck out of it in the first half and that was really our focus at halftime after looking at some stuff at the half from our defensive stuff.  We challenged a lot of shots that they made and my point to them at half was we can’t get discouraged by that.”

Beal credited an increased defensive pressure that led to the turnaround on offense.

“It was getting stops,” Beal said. “Whenever we get off to leads like that and whenever we excel in the open court and whenever we just get easy looks, it’s always off our defense. It was also us moving the ball on offense and taking what the defense gives us and basically getting the shots that we want. At the end of the day, we wouldn’t be in the position we are in if it wasn’t for our defense.”

John Wall had 17 points and 15 assists for the Wiz, while Marcin Gortat had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Paul Pierce and Rasual Butler added 14 points and Kris Humphries grabbed 20 boards.

Kobe Bryant scored 29 points and Nick Young added 21 for Los Angeles (5-14).

Washington Wizards Game 14 Review: Wiz Fall in Rematch With Cavs

WALL HELD TO SIX POINTS, CAVS BLOW OUT WIZARDS

For the second time in six days, the Washington Wizards took the floor against the Cleveland Cavaliers, dropping the rematch Wednesday night in Cleveland, 113-87.

The second of four games that these two rivals will play this year was a mirror opposite of their first matchup in D.C. last Friday night, which the Wizards (9-5) won in an impressive fashion. [Read more…]

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