September 26, 2020

Washington Wizards Game 51 Recap: Wiz fail to sweep the Bucks, head into the All-Star Break on low note

The Washington Wizards have been more volatile than the stock market this season. After giving up a 19-point lead to the Charlotte Hornets, the Wizards narrowly hung on to beat the New York Knicks. Clearly the first half of the season has not gone the way they intended; that goes for the Milwaukee Bucks as well. Milwaukee had dropped five straight games before just getting by the hot Boston Celtics.

Things were off to a promising start, but Washington had their required terrible quarter (this time in the second). The Wizards fought their way back in the third quarter but they were unable to execute down the stretch and fell 99-92.

John Wall has been playing at an elite level over the past four games and that continued into the early goings of tonight’s game. Wall had four assists, three to Marcin Gortat off the pick and roll, and a 3-pointer to be involved in all of Washington’s first 12 points. Jason Kidd called timeout to stop Washington’s 14-6 run to start the game. Randy Wittman was happy with the active defense early that forced the Bucks into 4 of 17 shooting to start the game. Washington had assists on each of their first 11 field goals in the first quarter which gave them a 27-18 lead after twelve minutes of play.

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Washington Wizards Game 37 Recap: Wiz use strong fourth quarter to top Bucks in Beal’s return


(Photo by: Sports Quotient)

(Photo by: Sports Quotient)

If you have figured out the Washington Wizards this season, then you might just deserve to win the $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot. Washington was in jeopardy of falling five games below .500 for the first time since Nov. 16, 2013 before rattling off back-to-back wins after knocking off the Milwaukee Bucks 106-101.

The latter was a dominant performance against the Chicago Bulls, the second best team in the conference, without Marcin Gortat (knee inflammation).

Bradley Beal played for the first time since Dec. 9 after dealing with another stress reaction in his right leg. The former Florida Gator came off the bench and entered for the first time at the 3:29 mark of the first quarter. Beal made a comment before the game that he might look to limit his minutes to 35 each game throughout his career. In his first eight minutes of action, Beal was a perfect 3 of 3 from the field for seven points as well as chipping in a couple rebounds and assists. For Washington as whole, defensive intensity led to efficient offense as they capitalized off of 27 Bucks turnovers with 36 points.

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Washington Wizards Game 2 Review: Wiz come back to beat Bucks on the road


Bradley Beal scored 26 points, including hitting 5 of 6 beyond the arc, and had 14 fourth quarter points to lead the visiting Washington Wizards in a 13-point comeback win over the Milwaukee Bucks 118-113.

John Wall had 19 points and 10 assists, while hitting all 10 free throw attempts and Ramon Sessions added 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting off the bench — including 11 in the pivotal fourth quarter, when the Wizards outscored the Bucks 36-21.

Beal hit a 3-pointer with 6:43 left which capped an 11-point Wizards run, giving the road team its first lead of the game since 2-0.

The Wizards had a late 9-2 run — on a pair of 3s by Beal and one by Sessions — that proved to be deciding sequence.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 27 points and nine rebounds. Greg Monroe added 20 points on 10-of-14 shooting.

NEXT GAME: The Wizards host the New York Knicks in the home opener Saturday night.

Washington Wizards Game 12 Review: Pierce leads Wiz over Bucks


The Washington Wizards stormed back from a 15-point first half deficit to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, 111-100, Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee. The win was the Wizards’ second in a row following their home victory over Cleveland. The loss was the Bucks’ second consecutive after a three-game winning streak.

Paul Pierce led the Wizards with 25 points. John Wall scored 19 points and added nine assists, while Bradley Beal scored 17 points off the bench. Brandon Knight led the Bucks with 27 points, while Giannis Anteokounmpo contributed with 20 points.

After opening the game tied at four, the Bucks seized the lead, topped off at 42-27 with 5:51 left in the second quarter on a Jerryd Bayless dunk after a Jared Dudley steal. The Wizards rallied to tie the game at 54 with 6:06 left in the third quarter on a Pierce three-pointer.

The Wizards held a 4-point lead going into the fourth quarter at 74-70. The Wizards proceeded to break the game open, with their largest lead being 16 at 97-81 with 6:06 left in the game when Kris Humphries tipped in Beal’s miss.

Ersan Ilyasova brought the Bucks as close as 104-97 with 2:13 left in the game, but Khris Middleton missed a layup that would have cut the deficit to 5. Pierce hit a jumper to stretch the lead back out to 9, then Wall finished off the Bucks with a steal and a dunk.

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.

While you weren’t watching, the Wizards reached .500

As if to silence any mention of playoff expectations, the Washington Wizards stumbled into the 2013-14 season with a dismal 2-7 record, dropping contests against the Philadelphia 76ers (now 6-12) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (now 5-12) along the way.

With no timetable on Otto Porter Jr. and early injuries to Nene and Bradley Beal, there’s little wonder why the casual fan passed up opportunities to nab seats at the Verizon Center in recent weeks – tickets for this Friday’s matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks are priced as low as $5.43 on Stubhub as of publication.

But, few could pose strong arguments against fans who voiced their frustrations from the get-go this year. After all, the Wizards’ 2-7 hole still marked the team’s best start in three seasons – Washington began 0-12 last season and 0-8 the year before. Yet, to those who have showed up time and again to fill but some of the empty seats at the Phone Booth – a tip of the cap, to you. Your dedication has, somewhat unexpectedly, paid off. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 63 Wrap: Wall adds 23 points as Wiz shut down Bucks, 106-93

John Wall earned his seventh double-double of the season as the Washington Wizards (21-42) defeated the Milwaukee Bucks (32-31) 106-93 at the Verizon Center Wednesday night.

After posting season-high numbers Tuesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Wall led the Wizards’ efforts once again with 23 points and 10 assists. He also added six rebounds, four steals and top-notch defensive plays to help Washington to its third straight victory at home. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game Wrap 4: Bradley Beal, Brandon Jennings ejected in Wizards’ 101-91 Loss to Bucks

The Washington Wizards (0-4) hit the ground running Friday night with a 12-0 start led by none other than Bradley Beal, but the Milwaukee Bucks (3-1) exhausted Washington’s inconsistent defense, and sent the Wizards on their flight to Indiana with a 101-91 loss and a winless record.

Beal looked sharp, despite being matched against Monta Ellis. He scored a career-high 22 points and demonstrated the aggressiveness he otherwise lacked in the Wizards’ previous three games.

But, despite Beal’s delivery, the Wizards failed to capitalize on key opportunities and even passed on seemingly open shots on numerous occasions.

“I tell our guys every day, ‘If you turn down an open shot in this league, the next shot you take is going to be covered, I guarantee you,’” said Wizards head coach Randy Wittman after the game. “I thought we did that a couple times. We just got to keep plugging, keep emphasizing the positives.”

It took the Bucks just over three minutes to tie the game at 14 points apiece in the first quarter. However, the Wizards continued to carry some momentum to keep within five.

Trailing 21-16, Emeka Okafor jammed one and Trevor Ariza picked up a board, allowing Chris Singleton to sink a long jumper to bring the Wizards back within one. The Wizards and Bucks would go on to exchange the lead five more times before the Bucks finished the quarter with a 30-28 lead, thanks to a Beno Udrih jumper.

In the second quarter, the Wizards managed just 19 points and shot 35 percent from the floor as the Bucks held all but Jordan Crawford to less than five points in the period. The Wizards handed the Bucks seven turnovers in the quarter, and Milwaukee made the most of their chances in time to enter the half with a 56-47 lead.

The start of the second half looked very much like the first for the Wizards. Beal sparked a 12-4 run with a long jumper and the Trevors teamed up for an alley oop sunk by Booker, which got a large portion of the otherwise quiet crowd back on its feet. Beal’s one-handed dunk, a jumper by A.J. Price and a three-pointer from Ariza allowed the Wizards to tie it yet again, this time at 62 apiece.

With 20 seconds left in the third quarter, Jan Vesely pulled through with a hook shot to keep things tied, 72-72. As quickly as he dealt for the Wizards, however, he returned the favor to the Bucks. His foul on Udoh, allowed Udoh to sink a jumper and one to give the Bucks a 75-72 lead.

Things got ugly for the Wizards at a quicker pace in the fourth quarter. The Bucks jumped ahead to an 85-72 lead before the Wizards responded, but Milwaukee clearly maintained control of the game throughout. When there weren’t open windows for the Bucks, they outran the Wizards’ defense and made opportunities themselves. Marquis Daniels, Udrih, Brandon Jennings and Ellis all managed steals against Washington in the fourth quarter.

The Wizards certainly showed some fight. With just under six minutes left in the game, Booker wowed the Bucks with a one-handed driving dunk off a bad pass by Larry Sanders, trimming Milwaukee’s lead to 85-78. As was the case throughout the night, however, the Bucks even bested that performance – as Sanders one-upped Booker just over 30 seconds later with a one-handed jam of his own.

But, the Wizards wouldn’t go down without a fight – figuratively and nearly literally. The Bucks had a commanding 99-90 lead with less than 30 seconds remaining in the game when Beal managed a flagrant foul on Ellis. Jennings stepped in to defend his teammate – by shoving Beal after the whistle – and both Jennings and Beal were ejected from the game. On free throws by Price and Ellis, the Bucks sealed their win with a 101-91 lead at the buzzer.

After the game, Beal was asked if the Wizards were beginning to feel discouraged.

“That is one thing we most definitely try to avoid,” Beal asserted. “I mean, once we get that, we hang our heads low, then we come out sluggish, and then teams really start beating us. And then, we just get into the, ‘I don’t care anymore’ mode.

“We’re still strong,” he added. “We’ve still got 70-plus games left. I think we’re right there. It’s a long season.”

The Wizards are back on the road again Saturday night to face the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

In order to avoid inching any closer to repeating last year’s 0-8 record at the start of the season, the Wizards will need to show that they not only can attack early on but – more importantly – with consistency throughout the game.

Washington Wizards pull off another win down the stretch; beat Bucks 121-112

With the season scheduled to end next Thursday, the Washington Wizards are trying to finish on a strong note. They took one more step to accomplishing that on Wednesday night, as they beat another team with playoff aspirations, the Milwaukee Bucks, 121-112 at the Verizon Center.

The Wizards – for the second game in a row – trailed at halftime, but were able to storm back thanks to a truly strong third quarter. They trailed 62-60 to start the period; however, they rallied to take a 65-62 lead off a Kevin Seraphin jumper minutes into it. Thereafter, Washington increased their lead to as much as nine, taking an 91-88 lead into the fourth quarter.

The two teams battled in the final period, but the Wizards hung on and emerged victorious. Washington increased their lead to as much as 11 points with a little more than seven minutes left in the contest; however, the Bucks had a late surge towards the very end.

With the score 100-89, Washington held a solid lead, but Milwaukee scored seven consecutive points in the span of less than two minutes to cut their deficit down to four. The Wizards held a 100-96 lead with only 5:26 left in the contest, but they would not relinquish it.

The Bucks did their best to hang in there, as Brandon Jennings hit a three-pointer with 1:14 left to  within three of the lead, 11-109; however, the Wizards took a 115-109 lead off a Jordan Crawford three-pointer and closed it out.

They increased their lead to nine, 119-110, off a Chris Singleton dunk with 11 seconds left and whittled down the game clock.

After the game, Wizards interim head coach, Randy Wittman complimented his team on their victory over the Bucks, who are managing to sneak in the playoffs. They currently sit in ninth place, two-and-half games out of the eighth, and final playoff spot to the Philadelphia 76ers.

“I am really proud of these guys. We talked before the game about when you have a win like we did on the road against Chicago to really make that game special. You need to come home and win this game.”

He added, “Considering this is a team that was fighting for its playoff life, who needed this game, as well as Chicago getting their first positioning in the playoffs.”

John Wall, who has maintained a solid level of play during the season, lamented on his team’s struggles; however, he knows that they must continue their nice run down the home stretch.

“I guess it feels good because we don’t have a chance at the playoffs. Seeing as though a lot of teams are trying to make it to the playoffs, we just want to go out there and play hard.”

Crawford led the way for Washington with 32 points, and Wall had 14 points and 10 assists. Kevin Seraphin contributed with 14 points; meanwhile, Jan Vesley had eight points and ten rebounds. James Singleton had 11 points off the bench.

Nene – who missed the past few weeks with a foot injury – had 14 points in his return.

“I didn’t know if I was going to play tonight. I just tested myself on the court before the game. They beat us three times this year, and I just felt like I was healthy enough to give it a go. It still hurts a little bit, but this was a sweet win for us.”

Milwaukee’s Monta Ellis had 31 points, and Brandon Jennings scored 25.

With two wins in a row on the week, the Wizards have another tough customer on Saturday night, as they go on the road and face the Miami Heat down in South Florida.

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