November 23, 2014

Washington Wizards Game 11 Review: Wiz dump Cavs on Wall’s big night

WIZARDS SEND CLEVELAND TO LOSING RECORD AFTER 11 GAMES

John Wall scored 28 points, pulled down six rebounds, had seven assists and four steals to lead the Washington Wizards to a 91-78 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night at the Verizon Center in Washington. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 22 points apiece. The Wizards are now 8-3 overall, 5-1 at home this season. The Cavs went below .500 with their third straight loss.

“He’s [Wall] our leader, man. He’s asked to carry a big load for this ball club. He’s an All-Star. He’s going to do the scoring, he’s going to do the assists, he’s going to be a defender. That is why you are going to see a lot of his jerseys in the stands,” said Wizards forward Paul Pierce.

Washington head coach Randy Wittman was forced to call a timeout with 6:36 left in the first quarter after back-to-back turnovers by Wall and Marcin Gortat led to fast break points by Anderson Varejao and LeBron James, giving the Cavs a 13-8 lead.

Immediately following the timeout, Bradley Beal came into the game for Garrett Temple, as he eases his way back into the starting lineup. Beal instantly triggered fast breaks with back-to-back steals from James and Kyrie Irving, which led to a Wall layup followed by a Wall three-point play to tie the game at 13.

Cleveland head coach David Blatt said about the causes of Cavs’ turnover problems, “Irresponsible play with the ball and bad decisions. I can think of, off the top of my head, five or six clear breaks where we didn’t finish with a shot and that is just not high-level basketball.”

James’s finger roll gave the Cavs their last lead at 21-17 with 2:40 remaining in the first quarter. The Wizards overtook the Cavs for good with a 9-0 run to close the quarter, keyed by Beal’s three-pointer bracketed by a Wall layup and 21-footer. The quarter was punctuated by Tristan Thompson’s goaltending rejection of Otto Porter’s putback with 1.8 seconds left.

The Wizards continued to build their lead into the second quarter. The Cavs called timeout on their possession after Beal’s finger roll gave the Wizards a nine-point lead at 36-27 with 7:40 left before halftime. Paul Pierce’s three-pointer extended the Wizards’ lead to 13 at 48-35. Joe Harris tried to answer with a floating runner in the lane, but was called for a charging foul. The Wizards would carry their 13-point lead into halftime at 55-42.

The Wizards’ biggest lead of the game came when consecutive 20-footers by Wall forced a Cavs timeout with 3:44 left in the third quarter, trailing by 16 at 72-56. The Cavs never mounted a serious comeback bid, not making a basket in the final 9 minutes of the game. The exclamation point came with Beal’s three-pointer with 1:25 left in the game restored a 12-point lead.

“First thing is that guys have to take a good look in the mirror and ask themselves where and how they can impact positively and try to simplify things. You have to look and see if you can make a change or two but not recreate the wheel. You have to stay in there and show grit and get a good day to gain a yard at a time,” said Blatt.

“You know, all year, it’s a long year, every time you have big emotional wins, and you come into the next game, those are the games that are trap games, and that is what I tried to tell the guys. You know those are the games that great teams win, and it feels good and hopefully we can put this win behind us and move on because we have another test on a Milwaukee team that have been playing great,” said Pierce.

Washington Wizards Game 7 Review: Wizards defeat Pacers for second time in four days

The Washington Wizards defeated the Indiana Pacers, 97-90, on Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Wizards beat the Pacers for the second time in four days after winning in overtime in Washington on Wednesday night.

Behind Nene’s 15 first quarter points, the Wizards jumped out to a 32-14 lead at the intermission. The Pacers never led in this game. The biggest lead the Wizards had was 56-35 coming right after halftime on Nene’s last basket of the game.

Behind Solomon Hill’s 28 points. the Pacers chipped away at the lead in the third quarter. They closed to within 3 at 81-78 with 8:17 left in the fourth quarter. The Pacers ended the game missing 8 out of their last 10 shots, allowing the Wizards to pull away again.

John Wall led the Wizards with 18 points. Nene filled the stat sheet with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, one steal and one block. Kevin Seraphin scored 13 points off the bench in relief of Marcin Gortat, who had gotten into early foul trouble.

Washington Wizards Game 5 Review: Wall helps Wiz defeat Pacers in Overtime

John Wall went on a 6-0 run in overtime to give the Washington Wizards the lead for good as they beat the Indiana Pacers, 96-94, Wednesday night at the Verizon Center in Washington. Roy Hibbert’s two free throws had given the Pacers their first lead since the first quarter with 3:24 left in overtime at 88-87. Hibbert missed a three-pointer to win the game, while Chris Copeland missed a follow-up jumper from seven feet out that would have forced a second overtime.

The Wizards took a five-point lead into halftime at 46-41 after ending the first quarter tied at 24. Wall gave the Wizards their largest lead at 61-49 with 4:37 left in the third quarter. The Pacers chipped away at the lead until Chris Copeland’s three-pointer tied the game up at 77 with 4:07 left in regulation.

The Wizards were able to extend out to a four-point lead after Copeland’s basket, but Donald Sloan tied the game at 84 with 6 seconds left. Paul Pierce missed a three-pointer at the end of regulation.

Sloan led the Pacers with a career-high 31 points. Copeland added 19 points off the bench.

Wall led the Wizards with a double-double, scoring 31 points along with 10 assists. The Wizards had four starters score in double figures, with Marcin Gortat, Garrett Temple and Paul Pierce also contributing. The Wizards made 21 of 23 free throws.

Washington Wizards Game 4 Review: Pierce, Temple Lead Wiz Past Knicks

WALL STRUGGLES, PIERCE AND TEMPLE PICK UP SLACK

For the third consecutive game, the Washington Wizards (3-1) notched another victory as they defeated the New York Knicks inside Madison Square Garden, 98-83. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 3 Review: Porter drops 21 in Wiz home opening win

The Washington Wizards defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, 108-97, Saturday night at the Verizon Center in Washington in the Wizards’ home opener.

Otto Porter scored 19 of his career-high 21 points in the second half as the Wizards (2-1) pulled away for good after the Bucks closed a 14-point first half deficit to within four.

“He played solid,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said postgame. “He had an opportunity tonight and I didn’t take him out in the second half.  He played 24 [minutes] and Garrett [Temple] played 24.  I just thought those two together were playing so well.”

Porter got his chance to start the second half because Paul Pierce was ejected right before halftime after committing his second technical foul.

Behind the dominant frontcourt duo of Marcin Gortat and Nene, the Wizards were staked to a 41-27 lead. The Bucks then went on a 17-8 run to enter halftime with a five-point deficit. The Bucks were aided by the ensuing free throws from Pierce’s foul and his two technicals.

Pierce was ejected on back-to-back technicals disputing  a clear path foul with seven seconds left in the first half. Pierce initially refused to leave the court until both a game official and Wizards head coach Randy Wittman motioned to have Pierce escorted from the premises.

“He [Pierce] took one for the team,” Porter said. “At the same time, I knew it was an opportunity to step up. Somebody has to step up so I just went out there and played.”

Nene led the Wizards with 22 points, while Gortat added 20. The Wizards also got balanced contributions from their backcourt, with John Wall chipping in 19 points. Garrett Temple scored a career-high 18 points starting in the place of the injured Bradley Beal.

Gortat revealed the secret of his success. “Brazilian guy [Nene] was working for me, that’s what was working for me. I just continued to play. I continued to play to my strengths. I think with struggling in the preseason and you know I came back to my routine from last year. I kind of start coming back to playing my basketball.”

The Bucks never led and committed 28 turnovers. Brandon Knight led the Bucks with 24 points, while Jerryd Bayless added 20 points off the bench.

  • The Wizards have now won three consecutive games against the Bucks dating back to last season (114-107 on 3/8 at MIL, 104-91 on 4/12 at WAS).  Washington won the 2013-14 season series 3-1.
  • Washington shot .548 (40-of-73) from the field tonight.  Entering tonight, the Wizards were shooting .484 (75-155) from the field this season.  Washington has scored 105-or-more points in its last two games.
  • Washington recorded as season-high 18 steals tonight.  Milwaukee committed 28 turnovers tonight, leading to 25 points for Washington.  This marks a season-high for opponent turnovers this season.
  • John Wall finished with 19 points, 10 assists, six rebounds, and five steals tonight.  This marks Wall’s third straight game with a double-double, a feat he has now accomplished five times in his career.  This also marks the fourth career-game Wall has tallied at least 19 points, 10 assists, six rebounds, and five steals.
  • Milwaukee rookie Jabari Parker tallied career-highs with 13 points and 11 rebounds tonight.  This marks Parker’s second double-double in his first three games in the NBA.

Washington Wizards Game 2 Recap: Wall Leads Wiz Past Magic

WALL DROPS SECOND DOUBLE-DOUBLE, WIZARDS DEFEAT ORLANDO

Continuing their road trip to open the season, the Washington Wizards notched their first “W” of the season, defeating the Orlando Magic 105-98 inside the Amway Center in Orlando, Fl. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 1 Recap: Wiz Drop Opener To Heat

GOODEN, GORTAT DROP 18, WIZARDS FALL IN OPENER

For the fifth straight season, the Washington Wizards dropped their season opener as the Miami Heat defeated them 107-95 in Miami, Florida. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Preseason Game 8 Recap: Wiz Fall Short Against Knicks

WALL DROPS 29, WIZ LOSE IN FINAL SECONDS TO KNICKS

Playing inside Madison Square Garden, the Washington Wizards dropped to 4-4, losing to the New York Knicks, 103-100.

After taking Monday off, John Wall returned to lead the Wizards in perhaps his finest performance of the preseason. Scoring 29 points, he also dished seven assists and forced four steals in 33:21 minutes. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Preseason Game 6 Recap: Wiz Lose Pierce, Fall To Hornets

PAUL PIERCE INJURES KNEE AS WIZARDS FALL TO HORNETS

Taking their first home-loss of the preseason, the Washington Wizards fell to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night at the Verizon Center, 96-86.

For the second time this preseason, the Wizards took the floor with Charlotte. Last time they went toe-to-toe, they saw Bradley Beal go down with a wrist injury. This time around, another star left the floor early. [Read more…]

Wizards Without Beal, But No Reason To Panic

For the next 6-8 weeks, the Washington Wizards will be without their star shooting guard, Bradley Beal.

After suffering a broken wrist in preseason action against the Charlotte Hornets, Beal – who averaged 11 points in about 26 minutes in the first two preseason games – will be shut down for the next month and some change to recover from the injury. According to The Washington Post, surgery will be needed. [Read more…]

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