February 23, 2020

Washington Wizards Game 5 Review: Nene, Ariza help Wizards top Nets in the nick of time

At the start of Friday night’s matchup against the Brooklyn Nets, the Washington Wizards appeared headed for a 1-4 start entering into a three-game road stretch.

That is, until a second-half surge and timely production from Nene and Trevor Ariza lifted the Wiz Kids to a less-than-likely 112-108 overtime win over Jason Kidd’s Nets.

Trailing 99-97 with nine seconds left in the fourth quarter, Brooklyn’s Kevin Garnett laid down a block on John Wall before the Wizards nabbed the rebound. Wall tried once more with a missed layup before Nene sank the putback to send the game into overtime.

But the shot accounted for just two of his 12 total points tallied in the quarter and, without all of them, the Wizards would have stood little chance against Brooklyn’s all-star cast of players.

“Nene was huge in that fourth quarter and overtime,” Wizards head coach Randy Wittman said after the game. “No question about it – I’ve stated this a number of times. He’s so important to us, not just points and stat sheets.  It’s not a stat sheet thing with Nene. His presence on the floor goes a long way, both offensively and defensively.” [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 77 Wrap: Bass, Celtics prove too much for Wizards to handle

Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce returned to the Boston Celtics (40-37) just in time to shut down the Washington Wizards (29-48) Sunday night at TD Garden by the score of 107-96.

Brandon Bass led the Celtics’ efforts with 20 points, but Pierce and Garnett added 15 and 12 points respectively in their returns to the lineup. [Read more…]

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