November 20, 2018

Washington Wizards Game 32 Recap: Beal’s 21 points help Wizards top Charlotte

It’s official. As the season stands now, the 15-and-17 Washington Wizards have earned more wins on the road than at the Verizon Center.

The latest road victory – a 97-83 win over the Charlotte Bobcats (15-21) Tuesday night – featured a stellar performance from Bradley Beal and a 17-0 third-quarter run that helped the Wizards edge the Bobcats once and for all.

In addition to Beal’s 21 points, Marcin Gortat and John Wall added 18 and 17 respectively, while Trevor Booker and Martell Webster rounded out the double-digit points club for the night. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 66 Wrap: Road woes continue as Wiz fall 119-114 to Bobcats

The Washington Wizards (23-43) started off their four-game road trip on rocky footing after the sub-.225 Charlotte Bobcats (15-52) came from behind to win Monday night’s matchup at Time Warner Cable Arena, 119-114.

Recently named Eastern Conference Player of the Week John Wall added 25 points to Washington’s efforts, but the team failed to gain momentum against the Bobcats, who have emerged the victor in three of their four games against Washington this season. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 61 Wrap: Ariza posts 26 points in Wizards’ 104-87 win over Bobcats

The Washington Wizards (20-41) finally uncovered the not-so-secret formula for unraveling the Charlotte Bobcats (13-50) Saturday night in time to clinch their 15th victory at home this season with a 104-87 win.

Trevor Ariza led the charge – serving 35 minutes off the bench to notch a season-high 26 points on the night. Ariza added 10 rebounds and found his comfort zone from behind the arc, sinking five of eight three-point attempts including

Martell Webster followed suit by posting 20 points in 35 minutes of action – including four three-pointers – as part of the Wizards’ starting five. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game Wrap 6: Wiz Blown Out by Charlotte Bobcats 92-76, Stay Winless on the Season

Poor defense and ice-cold shooting were the main culprits behind the Washington Wizards’ abysmal 92-76 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats that extends their season opening losing streak to six games.

Before we dive into the game, lets start with Tuesday’s good news for the Wizards. The team did jump out to a 7-0 lead early on the Bobcats and seized control at the start for the second straight game. Washington moved the ball well and hit some nice outside perimeter shots.

Too bad for the Wizards, the 7-0 run would be where the good news and positives would end. Charlotte stormed back to take a 13-9 lead on a 13-2 run capped off by a Brendan Haywood dunk. Washington was victimized in the paint, failed to make basic defensive plays and looked utterly lost when it came to defending some of the Bobcats’ set pieces. Those problems would be reoccurring themes for most of the game.

It would not get much better for the Wizards, who would hang strong for most of the second quarter, but ultimately fall short by the end of it. Trevor Ariza was a nice surprise for Washington in the first half, scoring 12-points on 5-12 shooting. The rest of the team though, outside of Ariza, went a combined 9-29 on their way to a 52-39 halftime deficit. Particularly concerning in the first half was yet again, the play of rookie Bradley Beal who was 1-5 shooting, only totaled four points and had no assists for the red, white and blue.

The third quarter looked much like the first two. After missing another three to open the second half, the Wizards found themselves on the wrong end of an 0-9 slump shooting behind the arc that would continue until Webster knocked down one later in the third. Any casual fan would have a hard time finding a worse shooting team than the Wizards were Tuesday night. Washington continually missed open looks, failed to hit basic pull-up jumpers and seemed scared to drive the lane.

While it may have taken almost a full quarter, the Wizards finally started to get back into the game and cut their 18-point deficit at the start of the third quarter to just nine with a strong 13-4 run heading into the fourth. The run did not continue, as the Bobcats again, began to slowly knock down shots and free throws to rebuild their lead. Charlotte put the dagger in Washington’s hopes of coming back when they extended their lead to 83-67 with a 9-0 run.

Washington went more than nine minutes without knocking down a shot in the fourth and allowed the Bobcats to blow the game open with a 16-4 run. The team would hit a few buckets and got a few stops down the stretch. In the end though, it would not be enough to overcome the hole they dug themselves into by shooting 31 three point-shots and only knocking down five of them throughout the course of the game.

The win was the first for the Bobcats over the Wizards since January 2011 and is their first back-to-back wins since April of 2011. Beal was definitely the biggest black cloud for Washington, as he was pulled from the game with just over four-minutes to play and shot an abysmal 1-for-11 from the floor. Washington as a hole shot below 30-percent and were pushed around on the boards continually Tuesday night.

The loss drops the team to 0-6 on the season for the second year in a row and means Wizards fans are probably staring 0-7 in the face, as the team’s next shot at a win comes against a very good Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday in Texas.

Washington Wizards win fourth straight in dominating fashion over Bobcats

The Washington Wizards struggled for much the 2011-12 regular season. Of late, they have looked like a team transformed, playing some quality basketball and racking up wins against playoff contenders in the past two weeks.

On Monday night at the Verizon Center, the Washington Wizards (18-46) won their fourth straight game as they defeated the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, 101-73. The Wizards current win streak is their longest since January 2006.

They pretty much controlled the action from start to finish in dominating fashion and had a satisfying 63-39 lead at the half. From there, they had as much as a thirty point lead in the third quarter and sailed to an easy victory.

The Wizards have won all four games in their season series against the Bobcats.

For Charlotte (7-57) – owned by former NBA superstar and Hall-of-Famer Michael Jordan – the loss against Washington marks their 21st in a row.

If the Bobcats lose all their remaining games left in the season – three in total – they will have the ignominious distinction of being the absolute worst team in basketball in history in terms of winning percentage.

After the game, Washington interim head coach Randy Wittman spoke about his team’s victory.

“This is another step for our team. I think we did a great job with the schedule we had leading up to this game, winning three in a row and then getting ready for this game against a struggling team.”

He added, “We took care of business right from the start. I was more nervous for this game than our previous games. You don’t ever want to give a struggling team the opportunity to breathe.”

John Wall – who had 16 points and 14 assists on the night – spoke about the importance of beating a weak Charlotte team and also their recent run of success.

“It feels good. Even though it’s the end of the season we are playing good as a team. We beat two teams that are in the playoffs and one team that’s fighting for the playoffs. We knew we had to come out and beat Charlotte because we knew what they were playing for. We had their number tonight.”

Of course, the Wizards are showing much improved and playing well as a unit. That has been evident in the past two weeks.

“The key is we were playing together as a team and moving the ball. Different guys have been scoring every night, so you don’t have the same leading scorer,” said Wall.

“It’s been great that our second group has been coming in and playing well – Cartier (Martin), James (Singleton), Shelvin (Mack), Nene. It means a lot to us.”

Nene – who had 18 points off the bench – mused, “We played well and played as a team. We’re learning how to play together. It is fun to play the way we are playing right now.”

Jan Vesley also had 16 points and six rebounds. Kevin Seraphin chipped in with 12 points and eight rebounds.

For Charlotte, Gerald Henderson had 19 points, and D.J. Augustin scored 15.

With the season ending on Thursday night against the formidable Miami Heat, the Wizards are a little sad, but looking forward to the future.

“That’s the saddest part. You play this game that you love and work because you want to be in the playoffs. We’ve got a lot to look forward to this summer and prepare ourselves for next year. If we add a couple of pieces, we know what we have on this team and what we can do when we play together.”

Nene added, “A lot of young guys are developing and getting a lot of minutes. We have a lot of camaraderie. We have a lot of talent on this team. We just have to keep learning to play together.”

He also said, “I have confidence we can continue to work hard and improve so we are ready for next season.”

The Wizards next game is on Wednesday as they face the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road.

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