September 30, 2020

Washington Wizards Game 15 Review: Gortat leads Wiz over Pelicans

Marcin Gortat scored 24 points and pulled down 13 rebounds going head-to-head with Anthony Davis for most of the game to lead the Washington Wizards to an 83-80 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans Saturday night at the Verizon Center in Washington.

Anthony Davis scored 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Pelicans but was held without a blocked shot for the first time this season. Davis entered the game as the NBA leader in blocked shots.

Tyreke Evans missed a game-tying three-pointer with 1.7 seconds left. Evans went 2 for 15 for the game.

The Wizards led the game almost in its entirety, allowing the Pelicans to take the lead only when a Davis dunk gave them a brief 77-76 lead with 3:48 left in the game. Five consecutive points from Paul Pierce regained the lead for the Wizards for good.

The largest lead the Wizards enjoyed was when Gortat’s layup gave them a 10-point lead at 71-61 with 9:09 left in the game.

“It’s fun when you keep scoring and scoring against the best defender in the league. It is a lot of fun. At the end of the day I believe that I should do this everyday. I needed a game like that. The last two or three games I did not play well. I’m glad I played this game and helped the team to win.”

Jrue Holiday contributed 17 points for the Pelicans in support of Davis. Austin Rivers scored 4 points starting in the place of the injured Eric Gordon.

John Wall scored 11 points and dished out 7 assists. Two other Wizards scored in double figures.

Nene missed his third straight game with plantar fasciitis. Kris Humphries took his place in the starting lineup.

Washington Wizards Game 55 Recap: Wiz edge Pelicans on Nene’s last-second slam

ANDRE MILLER DEBUTS WITH FIVE POINTS, THREE ASSISTS IN 16 MINUTES OF PLAY

With only seconds remaining, John Wall drove the lane and pitched to Nene in a final effort to edge the New Orleans Pelicans at the Verizon Center Saturday night.

The drive proved successful as Nene slammed it in with just 0.9 seconds remaining to put Washington in front once and for all by the score of 94-93.

WIth the shot, Nene reached 30 points on the night to match his career high.

“That’s big. We know he’s not going to get 30 every night,” Wall said after the game. “That’s the way we want him to play, like he did, freely. This seems like the best he did. Right away, when he caught the ball, he knew that he wanted to shoot his jump shot. He didn’t hesitate or pump fake, that’s the way you got to be.”

The Pelicans and Wizards were neck and neck for nearly the entire contest. After finishing the second quarter tied at 43 points apiece, the two teams tallied exactly 23 points in the third quarter.

In the final 12 minutes, the Pelicans at one point slid ahead by as many as four points after Alexis Ajinca came up with a three-point play before Anthony Morrow hit a 23-foot three.

The newly acquired Andre Miller responded by hitting the first of two free throws, but Morrow added another two-point shot to New Orleans’ effort.

With little more than six minutes remaining, Nene stepped up with a jumper before Miller laid one in, but the Pelicans remained one step ahead, thanks to Anthony Davis and Ajinca. [Read more…]

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