December 15, 2019

Washington Wizards Game 54 Recap: Tired legs catch up to the Wiz as they get blown out by Heat

GORTAT SCORES 14 POINTS WITH 13 REBOUNDS, BUT WORN-OUT WIZ FALL

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Three games in three nights is one of the most brutal things in basketball, but Randy Wittman said after the all-star break is the ideal time to go through it. So far the Washington Wizards have put together great defensive efforts against Utah and Detroit before taking a trip to South Beach. While the DC club continues to be without the services of Gary Neal (calf) and Alan Anderson (ankle), Miami was reeling with two major blows to their starting lineup without Dwyane Wade (knee) and Chris Bosh (blood clots). The same defensive intensity from the past two nights wasn’t possible with extremely tired legs for Washington. Couple that with poor shooting to start the game, the Wizards fell 114-94 to end the gruesome three-day stretch. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 19 Review: Inconsistent season continues as Wall and Wiz down Heat

Despite a loss, the Washington Wizards were extremely fortunate in Sunday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks. After John Wall had to be carried off the court after bumping knees with Jeremy Evans, the All-Star point guard was able to deal with soreness — not structural damage — and start 24 hours later in South Beach.

Washington needed its floor general against the current Eastern Conference leaders against the veteran and talent-loaded Miami Heat. In a back-and-forth game, with Dwayne Wade leading the charge for Miami, the Wizards got terrific guard play and were victorious, 114-103, beating the top team in the East a week after doing the same to the Cleveland Cavaliers. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 61 Review: Wiz narrowly escape 35-point comeback disaster

The Washington Wizards survived two Miami Heat possessions in the final ten seconds that could have brought the Heat all the way back from a 35-point third quarter deficit. The Wizards held on, 99-97, on Friday night at the Verizon Center in Washington against a Heat team that was playing without Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, and Mario Chalmers.

The Heat could have taken the lead with 5.9 seconds left trailing 98-97, but Henry Walker’s three-pointer was in and out. Nene grabbed the rebound and threw an outlet pass to Bradley Beal, who was fouled with 1.6 seconds left. The Heat had to foul twice because it was their first two fouls in the final two minutes.

Beal made one out of two free throws. The Heat got the rebound on the miss off the second free throw and called timeout to advance the ball upcourt with 1.3 seconds left. The Heat inbounded to Michael Beasley, who took a dribble that ran the clock out before he could get a shot off.

The Wizards jumped out to a season-best first quarter score with a 40-18 lead. Their halftime score was also a season-high when they went into the locker room with a 67-39 lead.

The Wizards’ lead peaked at 83-48 on a Marcin Gortat dunk with 7:10 left in the third quarter. The Heat outscored the Wizards, 25-5, for the rest of the quarter to head into the fourth quarter trailing by only 15.

Nene led the Wizards with 20 points, while his frontcourt partner Gortat scored 14 points with 17 rebounds. Beal scored 17, while John Wall had 12 assists.

Goran Dragic scored 18 points and dished out seven assists for the Heat but left the game in the third quarter with a back injury after a hard fall. Shabazz Napier supported Dragic with 16 points.

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 Game 81 Recap: Wiz Scorch Undermanned Heat

While the Miami Heat opted to sit LeBron James and Chris Bosh, the Washington Wizards seized the opportunity, recording one of their strongest offensive performances of the year in their 114-93 win Monday night at the Verizon Center.

The Heat essentially forfeited the top seed and home-court advantage in the Eastern Conference playoffs to the Indiana Pacers by sitting their star players, but Washington had no reservations about controlling the pace of the game.

“We’ve seen enough of these games where they haven’t played some of their guys and we lost,” said Wizards head coach Randy Wittman after the game. “Anytime you can get out and play… I thought the way we did from an offensive standpoint, moving forward, can’t hurt you.”

Washington led by as many as 36 points and shot 59 percent from the field. Trevor Ariza seemed to bounce back from his recent bout with the flu, leading the Wizards’ scoring with 25 points on the night.  Nene and Al Harrington added 18 and 16 respectively, while Bradley Beal and Marcin Gortat rounded out the double-digit club. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 63 Recap: Wizards run out of gas in 99-90 loss to Heat

The Washington Wizards crept in front of the Miami Heat as late as midway through the fourth quarter, but Dwayne Wade proved too much to handle as Washington fell 99-90 at American Airlines Arena Monday night.

Bradley Beal posted 18 points for the Wizards, while Martell Webster and Drew Gooden added another 17 and 15, respectively. Marcin Gortat proved a rebound king, matching his career high of 18 on the night.

Wade and LeBron James set the tone early in the night, however. In fact, less than five minutes into the game, the duo recorded 13 of the Heat’s 16 points to outpace the Wizards’ early six. But, Washington recovered a bit, thanks in part to a jumper from Gooden and Otto Porter Jr.’s only basket of the night, which brought the Wizards within eight points at the end of the first quarter.

Washington matched Miami point-for-point in the second quarter to carry their eight-point deficit into the second half of the game.

Out of the locker rooms, the Wizards – namely, Gortat – looked fired up. In fact, 10 of Gortat’s 14 points came in the third quarter alone, and the majority of them happened within the first six minutes out of the break.

Trevor Ariza and Al Harrington each hit threes in the final 2:32 of the quarter to allow Gortat the tying shot.

But, whatever worked for Washington in the third quarter failed to carry over into the fourth. Gooden and Webster remained on a roll, but Wade’s 13 points in the final 12 minutes of play quickly pulled Miami back in front.

Trailing by just one point with 5:54 remaining, the Heat called a timeout; afterwards, they went on a 12-0 run to silence the Wizards’ offense.

Beal and Webster each hit late 26-footers to help Washington hit the 90-point mark, but the Heat held on to win it 99-90.

With the loss, the Wizards are now 33-30 and 17-15 on the road.

Washington Wizards Game 37 Recap: Wizards shut down Heat in unlikely 114-97 win at home

A day after the Miami Heat paid a visit to the White House, the Washington Wizards handed LeBron James and company an unexpected reminder of who calls the District home.

The Wizards snapped Miami’s 22-game winning streak against Southeast Division opponents Wednesday evening with a 114-97 win at the Verizon Center.

Nevertheless, Washington stunned the Heat at the start by enjoying a 20-0 run in the first quarter and leading by as many as 34 points over a team that, with the loss, remains 16 games above .500.

Seven Wizards posted double-digit figures for the second time this season as Washington shot a season-high .547 from the field. Guard John Wall led the effort for Washington with 25 points, marking his 20th game of the season with 20 points or more.

“We knew [the Heat] were going to come in with a chip on their shoulder after losing two in a row,” Wall said after the game. “This is a game they probably thought they could get back on track, and we just wanted to come out here and compete. Against those teams, you just got to find a way to make shots. Tonight we made shots that we’ve been making on the road that we haven’t been making at home…just moving the ball and trusting each other as a group while we are out there as a team.”

Despite scoring a season-high 43 points in the first quarter, the Wizards began to lose control of the game in the second half. Shane Battier and Norris Cole helped kick off a 16-2 run for the Heat to end the third quarter, trimming the Wizards’ lead to just nine points.

Fortunately for Washington fans – who had to overpower a core group of Miami supporters eager to see the Heat dominate – the Wizards kept things together in the fourth quarter, outscoring Miami 28-20. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 3 Review: Wiz wilt in (Miami) Heat for 0-3 start

The Miami Heat haven’t lost three in a row since January 2012 and they entered play against the Washington Wizards Sunday evening looking to avoid doing just that, having dropped their last two games in a 1-2 start. The Wizards, meanwhile, haven’t been to .500 since the first two games of the season in 2011.

Neither team had to worry too much about those streaks though.

The Heat built a 23-point lead at the end of the third quarter and coasted to a 103-93 win over the Wizards, sending coach Randy Wittman’s squad to an 0-3 start in 2013-14.

The Wizards had five players in double figures, led by Bradley Beal with 19. But they just didn’t have any answers for Miami’s “Big Three”, as LeBron James (25 pts.), Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade all were over 20 to lead the Heat to an easy win.

“This was a game I thought they hit us and we took the punch. We kept fighting the whole way through,” Wittman said. “This is how we need to play, learning and moving forward. Nobody wants to lose, but we took some steps in the right direction.”

John Wall was just 4-for-12 from the field and finished with 11 points and 9 assists. Marcin Gortat had 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting and 11 rebounds, his first double-double of the season, and also hit his third career three-point shot, and first in three seasons.

Nene did not play due to a strained left calf. His status remains day-to-day.

Washington Wizards Game Wrap 32: Poor Shooting Limits Struggling Wizards Against Miami Heat

There was no Cinderella story for the Washington Wizards in South Beach tonight, as they surrendered 21 unanswered points to the Miami Heat in the final six minutes to fall 99-71.

It was a tough game for a Washington team who have shown they can be scrappy at times throughout the season. They certainly have their flaws, but in a December matchup against the Heat at the Verizon Center, they showed they have the ability to play with and beat almost any team in the league. Consistency though, is their biggest struggle.

There is one play in the fourth quarter which really sums up the Wizards’ luck in this game. Washington’s Kevin Seraphin grabbed an offensive rebound and looked to kick it out high to set up perhaps a three-point second chance shot. While passing to the top of the arc, Miami’s Ray Allen intercepted the pass, took off and was fouled on the other end and made the basket. Allen hit his free throw and from a second-chance opportunity and a chance forWashington  to cut into the lead, it turned into three points for Miami.

Washington was not far out of the game at that point in time and it really killed any chance for them to comeback in the contest. There were certainly highlights for the Wizards though, despite the loss. Martell Webster hit a clutch shot-clocking beating shot in the third quarter and rookie Bradley Beal continued his impressive January with a big-ups dunk towards the end of the first half. At the end of the day though, they just were not able to get the number of explosive plays a team needs to beat Miami at home.

Despite having yet another rough night shooting the ball, only connecting on 36-percent of their shots, the Wizards cut down on the turnovers. Those pesky little giveaways have been a key part to this team’s struggles for the last few weeks and for the first time in distant memory, the Wizards had fewer than ten turnovers, with only eight. More importantly, they gave the ball away fewer times than Miami, who had nine, which is a sign they played a little tighter with the ball.

Perhaps the most frustrating thing with this Washington Wizards team though, is their inability to sink free throws. Free throws are free points, they are given to you, they are the least stressful shot in basketball. Yet, Washington continues to miss them. Of their 14 trips to the line, Washington only walked away with points seven times. Sink those seven and while they would not have won the game, it certainly could have given the team more confidence in key points of the contest.

Seraphin was the high scorer for Washington with 14 points, while Cartier Martin and Webster contributed 13 and 10 respectively. A little puzzling was Nene’s performance. With only five points in 22 minutes, the normal rock of Washington’s scoring was a disappointing one for six from the floor.

The Wizards return home to Washington tomorrow to take on the Western Conference Champion Oklahoma City Thunder at the Verizon Center. If Washington hopes to shock the other NBA Finals contestant at home, much like they shocked Miami, they are going to have to shoot better. It can be done, but the Wizards need to shoot better within five feet and continue to protect the rock.

Washington Wizards Game Wrap 21: Miami Heat start strong, hold lead to down Wizards in South Beach

In their second meeting of the year, the Miami Heat got revenge over the Washington Wizards for last week’s upset at the Verizon Center with a 102-72 win in South Beach Saturday night.

The first half could not have been any dissimilar to the last time these two teams met just last week. Washington struggled shooting from all over the floor. Bradley Beal’s performance stood out as particularly concerning, shooting just 3-of-11 from the floor. His first half performance was regretable, as the rookie had been shooting better of late.

Meanwhile, for the Heat, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh combined to go 8-for-9 from the floor in the first two quarters. The two accounted for 21 of the 50 points Miami scored enroute to a 50-36 halftime lead. A huge first quarter helped the Heat grab the early lead and take it forward to the third frame of the game.

Washington used the halftime breaks to help spur them to strong second halves in the past. On Saturday though, the second two quarters were just as rough as the first. Miami continued to extend their lead and forced their will on their Eastern Conference rivals.

Beal and Crawford’s struggles continued in the last two quarters. The two combined to sink just eight of their 30 shots on the evening and were the main reason the team was only able to put up 72 total points. Meanwhile, LeBron James exploded in the final two quarters to finish with a game high 23 points.

Another loss drops the Wizards to 3-17 on the season. Washington returns home on Tuesday to face the Atlanta Hawks.

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