September 30, 2020

Washington Wizards Game 20 Review: Slow Start, Harden’s 42 Doom Wizards at Home


The Washington Wizards all year have struggled with consistency, especially after big wins against favored opponents. Following the win on Tuesday against the Miami Heat, Washington came out of the gates flat, allowed James Harden to drop 42, and lost 109-103 to the 11-12 Houston Rockets at home.

Harden was the clear bread winner for the Rockets tonight, racking up 42 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists, helping the Rockets hit a combined 12 3-point field goals on the night. John Wall put in another masterful performance with 26 points, 12 assists, and 9 rebounds to continue his hot start to December. Marcin Gortat, in his return from tending to a family matter in Poland, added 18 points and 13 rebounds. Bradley Beal finished under his season average, with just 15 points on 5-for-15 shooting.  [Read more…]

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 35 Recap: Rockets, rain halt Wizards at home

It was described by many as the most bizarre NBA basketball game they had ever experienced. Unfortunately for the Washington Wizards, more than weather proved a hurdle in what amounted to a 114-107 loss to the Houston Rockets Saturday night.

On two separate occasions the Verizon Center roof sprung a leak, prompting embarrassing delays to a game already on-track to prove bizarre. All told, weather resulted in 57 minutes of game stoppage.

Despite this, the Wizards astonishingly overcame a 25-point third quarter deficit on an unbelievable opening drive in the fourth quarter led by unlikely hero Kevin Seraphin.

In six and a half minutes, Seraphin had added 10 points to the drive and the Wizards had jumped in front 102-97.

But, as has too often been the case, Washington ran out of gas. In fact, four and a half minutes passed before the Wizards made their next basket, but the Rockets no doubt took advantage of Washington’s failure to find the basket.

In that time-frame, James Harden recorded eight points for the Rockets and Terrence Jones added a bank shot to give Houston a 107-102 lead with just 51 seconds remaining. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 54 Wrap: Win over Rockets shows glimpse of future

The Washington Wizards have looked like a different team since John Wall returned and with their second win in two nights over playoff bound Western Conference teams, Saturday night’s saw the Wizards beating the Houston Rockets 105-103, the NBA is getting a glimpse of what may be next year.

Even though Wall’s return has been the focal point for much of the season, Bradley Beal might be the brightest star on the team right now. Saturday night he showed why too with 21 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Even though he is just a rookie, Beal is showing a high-rate of improvement this year with his best games coming when Wall gives him the ball.

“I think he is playing big. He’s finding his comfort zone, the way he wants to play,” Wall said of Beal to reporters after the game. “He’s really maturing throughout every game he plays during his rookie season.”
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Washington Wizards Game Wrap 19: Wizards Grounded By James Harden’s 31 Points

Hours after rumors swirled the Washington Wizards scuttled a trade for James Harden in the offseason, he dropped 31-points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 99-93 win.

Washington was searching for its first back-to-back road wins since 2006 after downing the New Orleans Hornets—read Pelicans—Tuesday night. A win was not in the cards for the team though, as it was clear at half that there was a great force working against them. Even with four starters, and five total players, in double-digits for scoring, they could not push themselves passed a pesky Houston team.

Harden, a former member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, was acquired by Houston after the Thunder initiated a salary dump following their trip to the NBA Finals last year. While widely looked at as a sixth man coming off the bench, Harden is currently fifth in the NBA in points per game and showed Wednesday night why he is a true scoring threat. Dominating the game at times, Harden made sure the Rockets held on to the momentum multiple times in the second half with two electrifying dunks.

Not wanting to be left out of the fireworks, Toney Douglas put in his own bid to make the SportsCenter Top-10. As time ticked down at the end of the second quarter, and both teams tied at 42-42, Jordan Crawford took the ball up the court and rushed a three-point attempt that never touched the rim with just over 0ne-second left on the clock. Douglas, took the inbound pass and launched a 50-foot three from beyond half court in a desperation hurl and it went it to give the Rockets a 45-42 lead.

The last two quarters would not go Washington’s way either, despite the squad keeping it close. Houston went on to outscore the Wizards by one in the third quarter and two in the fourth. While they were not huge point differentials, it was enough to make sure Houston was able to eek out the six point win.

Washington’s high scorer for the day was Bradley Beal with 20. At one point, the rookie from Florida hit two out of Washington’s back-to-back-to-back threes in the second quarter. It was part of an 11-0 Wizards run that helped erase Houston’s six point lead and tie the game at 40. His strong day shooting, 6-15 with three bombs from three-point land, is one of the few times the franchise has seen the first round pick really take control of a game.

With the loss, the team falls to 3-16 on the year and are now 1-9 on the road. Their schedule does not get any easier either, as they return home to take on the hapless, but talented, Los Angeles Lakers on Friday at the Verizon Center. Washington is just over a week removed from their huge upset over the Miami Heat at home, so there is a chance they could upend the Lakers on Friday.

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