May 5, 2015

Washington Wizards Game 70 Review: Wizards fail to get back on track against Kings

The Washington Wizards had their five-game winning streak snapped by the Los Angeles Clippers in a game earlier in the week that got away early in the first quarter. On Sunday afternoon, the Wizards failed to take care of business against a team they had beat during their last streak, this time across the country. Washington struggled throughout the game and lost to the Sacramento Kings, 109-86. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 69 Review: Wiz Clipped

Chris Paul scored 30 points with 15 assists and the Los Angeles Clippers proved too much for the Washington Wizards in a 113-99 win Friday night at the Staples Center.

The loss puts a halt to the Wizards’ five-game winning streak.

John Wall paced the Wizards (40-29) with 19 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. Bradley Beal added 18 points on 5 of 10 shooting, including three 3-pointers.

Paul Pierce was 2 0f 11 for six points, missing eight in a row at one stretch.

J.J. Reddick had 26 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Clippers. Blake Griffin had 22 points while DeAndre Jordan added 10 points and 23 rebounds.

Washington got down early and stayed there. They led 5-3, but Reddick nailed a pair of 3-pointers which started a 15-4 Clippers run to take the starch out of the Wiz’ start.

The Wizards played even with the Clippers the rest of the way (33-31 in the 2nd quarter, 23-24 in the third and 22-23 in the fourth), they were never able to make a run and really get back into this one.

Washington plays at Sacramento on Sunday at 6:00 pm Eastern in the third of a four-game west coast swing.

Washington Wizards Game 68 Review: Wizards overcome turnovers to keep on winning against the hot Jazz

The Washington Wizards are playing some of their best basketball of the 2015 calendar year as they entered play Wednesday on a four-game winning streak, including a quality win over Western Conference power house Portland. The Wizards continued to keep the momentum going as they ended the six-game winning streak of the Utah Jazz, while overcoming 22 turnovers, by a score of 88-84.

But they needed every second of the game to accomplish the feat, and it remained in doubt until Paul Pierce’s steal as time ran out. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 67 Review: Wizards start strong, hang on to beat Portland

A sloppy third quarter, in which the Washington Wizards were outscored by a 34-21 margin, had Wizards fans on the edge of their seats heading into the final 12 minutes. It was trimmed to three in the final frame, until a pair of explosive plays helped the Wizards lay the hammer down.

Bradley Beal’s three-pointer and Marcin Gortat’s alley-oop from John Wall helped Washington stretch the lead and eventually seal the deal with a 105-97 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night at Verizon Center. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 66 Review: Wizards continue winning streak with a comeback win against the Kings

The Washington Wizards took care of business against the Memphis Grizzles earlier in the week when Memphis decided to rest four of their five starters, which John Wall saw as a sign of disrespect. On Saturday, the Wizards had a miraculous comeback against the Sacramento Kings, without Rudy Gay, who were on their second leg of a back-to-back stretch to register a 113-97 in at Verizon Center.

At the start the game, the best center in the league, Demarcus Cousins, put on a show as he accounted for all five of the Kings field goals with an assist, dunk, and three impressive long range jumpers. The Wizards countered with four second chance points which helped make up for a poor shooting percentage to start the game.

Luckily for the Wizards, Cousins picked up his second foul seven minutes into the game on a questionable call that went Washington’s way. A major disparity between the two teams was that at the end of the quarter the Kings had eight assists, four by former Wiz Andre Miller, while the Wizards only had three. Although the Kings were up by 25-16, the Wizards closed the deficit to 25-21 at the end of the quarter. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 65 Review: Wiz down short-handed Griz

The Washington Wizards defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 107-87, on Thursday night at the Verizon Center in Washington.

The Grizzlies were playing the second game of a back-to-back in a busy March schedule that has them playing 17 games this month, so Memphis head coach Dave Joerger decided to rest Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and Tony Allen.

The Grizzlies’ backups that were starting tonight got off to a fast start, building a nine-point lead in the first quarter at 33-24. Beno Udrih and Kosta Koufos combined for 16 points in the quarter for Memphis. John Wall beat the first quarter buzzer to cut the Wizards’ deficit to seven going into the second quarter.

The Wizards took over the game coming out of the break. The Wizards tied the game at 41 on Paul Pierce’s three-pointer with 6:11 left in the quarter. Otto Porter gave the Wizards the lead at 43-41 with 5:43 left in the first half, forcing the Grizzlies to call a 20-second timeout.

After JaMychal Green’s layup tied the game a second time, the Wizards took the lead for good on John Wall’s free throw with 5:18 left before halftime and never looked back.

“We finally got active in that second quarter,” said head coach Randy Wittman. “Fronting posts, denying passes, deflections; I think we had 12 deflections in the second quarter alone. What did we have at half, 19 fast break points? I think 13 of those were in the second quarter so our defense fueled us to get us going.”

The Wizards entered halftime with a 60-47 lead after outscoring the Grizzlies, 34-14, in the second quarter.

“Our defense really picked up,” said Paul Pierce. “Giving up 30 points in the first quarter especially when they don’t have their two big lead scorer All-Star guys in, it’s kind of embarrassing to us so we really picked it up. Settled into our defensive ways and never looked back.”

Marcin Gortat scored 22 points with nine rebounds for the Wizards. Gortat’s usual frontcourt partner, Nene, had the night off for personal reasons.

Drew Gooden scored 13 points starting in Nene’s place, while Paul Pierce also scored in double-digits with 17. John Wall added 21 points with six assists.

Green and Jarnell Stokes led the Grizzlies with 13 points apiece.

Washington Wizards Game 64 Review: Wizards dominant in rout of Hornets

Randy Wittman has wanted a 48-minute game with a result from his Washington Wizards for some time, and they delivered in a resounding way on Monday night with a 95-69 win at Charlotte.

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Washington Wizards Game 63 Review: Wizards lose to the Bucks without Beal

The Washington Wizards were able to prevent a 35-point come back from the Miami Heat on the first of a back to back leg. Unfortunately, they could not keep the momentum going as they lost to the surging Milwaukee Bucks 91-85.

In the first quarter, things were not good for the Wizards as it was showing that they were the sluggish team that had traveled the night before. The Bucks opened the game four of five on three point field goals, many of which were uncontested attempts. Randy Whitman was forced to call a timeout when his team fell behind 16-6. The Wizards were getting beat on loose balls, which led to turnovers. Milwaukee made Washington pay for such as they scored nine points off of these turnovers and got additional buckets coming off of defensive switches leaving players open. Marcin Gortat did his best to keep the game relatively close as he made all four of his field goal attempts, but the Wizards were still down 30-19 after the first quarter. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 60 Review: Wiz narrowly escape Pistons after 20-plus point lead

The Washington Wizards defeated the Detroit Pistons, 99-95, on Saturday night at the Verizon Center in Washington, breaking a six-game losing streak. Marcin Gortat scored 16 points and pulled down 17 rebounds for Washington, including a key rebound off a missed free throw that enabled the Wizards to ice the game after blowing a 21-point third quarter lead.

The Wizards had their biggest lead at 66-48 on Paul Pierce’s three-pointer with 8:58 left in the third quarter. The Pistons whittled the lead down to ten going into the fourth quarter at 80-70.

The Pistons further cut the lead down to one with a 9-0 run just over three minutes into the quarter. Then the Pistons took their first lead at 85-84 on Spencer Dinwiddie’s putback dunk off his own miss with 6:44 left. The Pistons exchanged baskets with Wizards free throws as the lead changed hands five times before the Wizards finally seized the lead for good at 90-89 on a pair of Gortat free throws with 4:45 left.

John Wall’s layup gave the Wizards a five-point lead with 58 seconds left at 96-91. Greg Monroe’s layup followed by a Dinwiddie steal and layup brought the Pistons to within one at 96-95 when they fouled Bradley Beal with ten seconds left.

Beal made the first free throw but missed the second. Gortat tipped the rebound back to Wall, who was fouled and sank his two free throws with 7.3 seconds left to give the Wizards their final margin of victory.

The Wizards jumped out to a 31-17 lead in the first quarter behind strong frontcourt play from Gortat and Nene, who combined for 14 of those points.

Gortat’s layup 17 seconds before halftime gave the Wizards a 60-44 lead. Drew Gooden’s four jumpers, including a three-pointer, were instrumental in helping the Wizards extend their lead. Pierce hitting four out of his eight three-point shot attempts was also key.

Wall led the Wizards with 22 points while Nene added 21. Beal scored eight points on 2of 10 shooting in his first game back in the starting lineup after missing eight games because of injury. Pierce was also returning after missing two games to injury.

Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 21 points and 10 rebounds while Dinwiddie contributed 20 points and eight assists off the bench.

Washington Wizards Game 59 Review: Wizards embarrassing in loss to 76ers

Over the Washington Wizards’ six-game losing streak, small signs of promise have shown the potential for a light at the end of the tunnel.

On Friday in Philadelphia, that light all but disappeared.

With a display of “one step forward, two steps back” basketball, the Wizards were unable to maintain the tenuous leads they did grab, and fell to the 76ers 89-81. The Wizards have lost 11 of their last 13 games. [Read more…]

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