April 19, 2021

Wizards can’t hold on after golden start, dropped by Nuggets 108-104

Coming off their biggest win of the season, the Wizards were hoping to put together consecutive wins against visiting Western Conference contenders. In the middle of a four game Eastern Conference road swing, the Nuggets were without starting center Nene (heel) and had just survived an OT battle Wednesday against the 76ers.

Despite taking a 12 point first half advantage the Wizards couldn’t hold on, falling to the Nuggets 108-104.

Al Harrington led the game with 29 points and made several key plays for the Nuggets down the stetch while shooting 10-for-16 from the field—and 5-for-8 from three-point range.

Hot three-point shooting defined the game as the teams went 21-for-47 (45 percent) from behind the arc—but the first quarter was especially torrid. Nick Young went for 17 points, including 3-for-5 from three- point land. John Wall had four assists and Shelvin Mack had five in one of the Wizards most impressive quarters of the season.

Rookie Chris Singleton also hit two from downtown, allowing the Wizards to take a 37-27 lead at the end of the first.

Jordan Crawford was the Wizards second quarter sparkplug, scoring eight points in reserve duty on an array of jumpers. But inconsistent play was again at issue, and poor defensive rebounding and missed shooting from close range allowed the visitors to claw back into the game.

Danillo Gallinari and Al Harrington kept the Nuggets competitive during the first half, combining for 24 points on 8-for-11 shooting (3-for-5 3PTs). Ty Lawson also looked the part of a breakout star, collecting 14 points and five assists on 5-for-8 shooting while battling with John Wall on both ends.

Wall had nine points, six boards and five assists at the half, but also had three turnovers.

The Wizards came out sluggish in the third, allowing the Nuggets to take the lead for stretches. But Nick Young continued his hot shooting, and the Wiz disruptive defense helped them to a 71-70 lead.

John Wall and Nick Young both drew charges during the back and forth third quarter—something that has become a point of pride for this young team—but the Wizards went cold from the field and allowed the Nuggets to build a 78-71 lead.

Andray Blatche, who had been lauded by for his energetic play in the win over Oklahoma City two nights prior, took the brunt of the crowd’s frustration. He was booed after taking long jumpers on consecutive possessions.

Despite their offensive woes the Wizards remained competitive throughout. Young’s steal with two minutes left in the quarter led to a Wall layup to cut the lead to four. A Wall to McGee alley-oop on the following possession cut the lead to 83-81. And one minute into the fourth quarter a Rashard Lewis put back tied the score, 86-86.

With the score again knotted 98-98, Afflalo was able to get a layup out of an offensive set to give the Nuggets the separation they needed. Young missed an open three pointer, and Al Harrington hit a three late in the shot clock on the next Nuggets possession to give the Nuggets some breathing room with just over a minute left in the game.

After a Jordan Crawford layup cut the score to 103-100, the Wizards had to lean on their improving defense. But despite forcing an air ball late in the shot clock, Ty Lawson corralled the offensive rebound and was able to hit the put back for a five point Nuggets lead.

John Wall’s layup with 14 seconds on the clock made it a three point game. But Afflalo was fouled in the backcourt and hit one of two free throws to keep it a two possession advantage.

A Crawford layup cut the lead to two, but again defensive breakdowns doomed the Wizards. Al Harrington was lost off an inbounds play, and wound up all alone under the basket for the final margin, 108-104.

“I didn’t see it,” Flip Saunders lamented in his postgame news conference. “I was writing up a play on the board and I turned around and [it was through the net].”

Wall finished the game one rebound shy of a triple-double, posting 13 points (4-for-17 FG), 10 assists and nine boards. He also had three blocks and four turnovers.

The Wizards look for their third win of the season Sunday when they host the Boston Celtics in a 1pm matinee.

WIZARDS: Vote Wall, McGee, Blatche and Young for All-Star Game

VOTE HERE or text a player’s last name to 69622 (MY NBA), only one vote per day will be counted. Deadline for voting is Jan. 31.

WALL, MCGEE, BLATCHE AND YOUNG HIGHLIGHT 2012 NBA ALL-STAR BALLOT
Fans Can Vote For Wall, McGee, Blatche and Young on NBA.com, via Wireless, Through Expanded SMS Voting, and the New “Sprint NBA Mobile” Application


ORLANDO, Jan. 4, 2012- Washington Wizards players John Wall, JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche and Nick Young are among the highlights on the 2012 NBA All-Star Ballott, which was unveiled today during a special event in Orlando, the Official Host City of NBA All-Star 2012. NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint will begin today at 12:15 PM ET. The 61st NBA All-Star Game, which will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio in the U.S., and reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages, will be played at the Amway Center on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012.

2012 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint gives fans around the world the opportunity to vote daily for their favorite players as starters for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. There are several ways fans can cast their votes for Wall, McGee, Blatche and Young, including: at Verizon Center; in 16 languages on NBA.com and through mobile phones by texting “Wall”, “McGee”, “Blatche” or “Young” to 6-9-6-2-2 (“MYNBA”) or by visiting m.NBA.com on any wireless carrier. Sprint customers can also access the ballot and vote through the new “Sprint NBA Mobile” application, the most comprehensive app in the marketplace for NBA fans.

2012 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint also includes expanded SMS voting. Fans can now vote for 10 different players per day, per phone number, via SMS voting by sending 10 separate SMS messages, each one with a different player’s last name. Fans can vote for “Wall”, “McGee”, “Blatche”, or “Young” via SMS at any time by texting from their mobile phones. Message and data rates may apply. Previously, fans could cast one SMS vote for one player per day.

Fans can vote directly on NBA.com or use their Facebook profile information to help create an NBA.com All-Access account, which enables them to complete a ballot. After submitting their All-Star selections, fans will have the ability to share them with their friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter, and encourage others to cast their ballots.

Wireless and SMS balloting, as well as voting on NBA.com, will conclude on Jan. 31. Starters will be announced live on TNT on Feb. 2, during a special one-hour pregame show at 7 p.m. ET featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith. The special will air prior to TNT’s exclusive doubleheader featuring the Chicago Bulls at the New York Knicks (8 p.m. ET) and the Denver Nuggets at the Los Angeles Clippers (10:30 p.m. ET).

The NBA All-Star ballot lists 120 players – 60 each from the Eastern and Western conferences – with 24 guards, 24 forwards, and 12 centers from each conference comprising the list. Voters select two guards, two forwards and one center from each conference.

The 120 players on the ballot were selected by a panel of media who regularly cover the NBA: Bill Simmons (Grantland), Sekou Smith (NBA.com), Doug Smith (Toronto Star/PBWA), and Ian Thomsen (Sports Illustrated).

Season tickets, partial plans and group tickets are currently available by calling the Wizards sales office at 202-661-5050 or by visiting www.washingtonwizards.com. For individual game tickets, please call Ticketmaster at 202-397-SEAT or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

2012 NBA ALL-STAR EASTERN CONFERENCE BALLOT

EAST GUARDS (24)
Allen, Ray, Boston
Augustin, DJ, Charlotte
Calderon, Jose, Toronto
Collison, Darren, Indiana
DeRozan, DeMar, Toronto
George, Paul, Indiana
Hamilton, Richard, Chicago
Holiday, Jrue, Philadelphia
Irving, Kyrie, Cleveland
Jackson, Stephen, Milwaukee
Jennings, Brandon, Milwaukee
Johnson, Joe, Atlanta
Morrow, Anthony, New Jersey
Nelson, Jameer, Orlando
Richardson, Jason, Orlando
Rondo, Rajon, Boston
Rose, Derrick, Chicago
Stuckey, Rodney, Detroit
Teague, Jeff, Atlanta
Wade, Dwyane, Miami
Wall, John, Washington
Walker, Kemba, Charlotte
Williams, Deron, New Jersey
Young, Nick, Washington

EAST FORWARDS (24)
Anthony, Carmelo, New York
Bargnani, Andrea, Toronto
Bass, Brandon, Boston
Blatche, Andray, Washington
Boozer, Carlos, Chicago
Bosh, Chris, Miami
Brand, Elton, Philadelphia
Deng, Luol, Chicago
Garnett, Kevin, Boston
Granger, Danny, Indiana
Hansbrough, Tyler, Indiana
Humphries, Kris, New Jersey
Iguodala, Andre, Philadelphia
James, LeBron, Miami
Jamison, Antawn, Cleveland
Jerebko, Jonas, Detroit
Maggette, Corey, Charlotte
Pierce, Paul, Boston
Prince, Tayshaun, Detroit
Smith, Josh, Atlanta
Stoudemire, Amar’e, New York
Turkoglu, Hedo, Orlando
West, David, Indiana
Young, Thaddeus, Philadelphia

EAST CENTERS (12)
Anthony, Joel, Miami
Bogut, Andrew, Milwaukee
Chandler, Tyson, New York
Diaw, Boris, Charlotte
Hawes, Spencer, Philadelphia
Hibbert, Roy, Indiana
Horford, Al, Atlanta
Howard, Dwight, Orlando
McGee, JaVale, Washington
Monroe, Greg, Detroit
Noah, Joakim, Chicago
Varejao, Anderson, Cleveland

2012 NBA ALL-STAR WESTERN CONFERENCE BALLOT

WEST GUARDS (24)
Afflalo, Arron, Denver
Billups, Chauncey, L.A. Clippers
Bryant, Kobe, LA Lakers
Conley, Mike, Memphis
Curry, Stephen, Golden State
Ellis, Monta, Golden State
Evans, Tyreke, Sacramento
Felton, Raymond, Portland
Ginobili, Manu, San Antonio
Gordon, Eric, New Orleans
Harris, Devin, Utah
Kidd, Jason, Dallas
Lawson, Ty, Denver
Lowry, Kyle, Houston
Martin, Kevin, Houston
Matthews, Wesley, Portland
Miller, Andre, Denver
Nash, Steve, Phoenix
Parker, Tony, San Antonio
Paul, Chris, L.A. Clippers
Rubio, Ricky, Minnesota
Terry, Jason, Dallas
Thornton, Marcus, Sacramento
Westbrook, Russell, Oklahoma City

WEST FORWARDS (24)
Aldridge, LaMarcus, Portland
Batum, Nicolas, Portland
Beasley, Michael, Minnesota
Duncan, Tim, San Antonio
Durant, Kevin, Oklahoma City
Favors, Derrick, Utah
Gallinari, Danilo, Denver
Gasol, Pau, LA Lakers
Gay, Rudy, Memphis
Griffin, Blake, LA Clippers
Harden, James, Oklahoma City
Hill, Grant, Phoenix
Ibaka, Serge, Oklahoma City
Landry, Carl, New Orleans
Lee, David, Golden State
Love, Kevin, Minnesota
Marion, Shawn, Dallas
Millsap, Paul, Utah
Nowitzki, Dirk, Dallas
Odom, Lamar, Dallas
Randolph, Zach, Memphis
Scola, Luis, Houston
Wallace, Gerald, Portland
World Peace, Metta, L.A. Lakers

WEST CENTERS (12)
Bynum, Andrew, LA Lakers
Camby, Marcus, Portland
Cousins, DeMarcus, Sacramento
Dalembert, Samuel, Houston
Gasol, Marc, Memphis
Gortat, Marcin, Phoenix
Jefferson, Al, Utah
Jordan, DeAndre, L.A. Clippers
Kaman, Chris, New Orleans
Nene, Denver
Okafor, Emeka, New Orleans
Perkins, Kendrick, Oklahoma City

Wizards look vastly improved but lose pre-season finale to Sixers

NICK YOUNG RETURNS FROM HOLDOUT, ADDS EIGHT POINTS IN 16 MINUTES

After being thrashed by the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night, the Washington Wizards hoped to get their act together in their last preseason game before Monday night’s season opener against the New Jersey Nets.

On Tuesday night, the Wizards once again faced off against the 76ers and were defeated, 101-94 in front a light crowd at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

After their loss on Friday night, Washington head coach Flip Saunders asserted that his young team would work on their overall game – especially their defense.  Well, for much of the night, they certainly looked improved from their efforts on Friday night.

They started off strong and had 52-47 lead after halftime before faltering in the second half, allowing Philadelphia to engineer an impressive comeback. Early in the contest, the offense and defense seemed to be in sync and the triumvirate of John Wall, JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche looked to be in mid-season form.

Then again, there were times in the game where the Wizards looked a bit lost, confused and could not do the little things right. In the end, that cost them a pre-season win in Philadelphia. The two teams battled in the fourth quarter as the Wizards were ahead 88-87 thanks to two free throws by McGee; however, in the final two minutes, the 76ers turned it on.

Philadelphia’s Jrue Holiday – who had a solid scoring night with 24 points, including 15 points in the fourth quarter – helped his team comeback with a three pointer that put them up 90-88 with a little more than two minutes left in the contest. Holiday’s shot would spur his team to go on an 8-0 run and bury the Wizards.

In light of Washington’s loss that kept them winless in the ever-so-brief pre-season, there were some definite positives for the team.

Although they were out-shot by the Sixers – 41 to 35 percent — John Wall (17 points) and Andray Blatche (13 points, six rebounds, five assists) showed flashes of brilliance, but also some inconsistency. Meanwhile, Nick Young – who re-signed with the team on Monday – got limited action (16 minutes) on the court in his first preseason game and finished with eight points.

Young was certainly not up to par with everyone else on the court physically. He signed a one-year, $3.7 million dollar contract Monday after holding out for a longer deal and had to get up to speed – quickly.

After the game, he told the media post-game, “This lockout caught up to me today; I got tired kind of early.”

When he’s on, Young is one of the more dynamic players on the team and with the season starting next week, he’ll be needed.

Coach Saunders said, “He’s got to get in better shape. There is no question, when he got tired and his legs gave, everything went a little haywire. When he hit that brick wall, he was searching for oxygen in the arena.”

McGee perhaps was the star of the game, as he led the team with 20 points along with nine rebounds, and also showed off his incredible athleticism at times during the game, plus a much better post-game.  Trevor Booker contributed with 11 points off the bench and Jordan Crawford – who started – had 18 points.

After the game, Saunders gave his team a lot of credit for an improved effort; however, he stressed that his squad has more to focus on.

“I like where we’re at. I would’ve liked to have seen our guys pull it out at the end. But I think our guys feel good as far as the things we said we had to do to get better today, that we worked on the last two days. We got a lot better in those areas.”

Blatche added, “I feel we’re getting better. We’ve got to build off this game right here.

With the preseason in the books, the Wizards return home on Monday night to face-off against the New Jersey Nets in their season opener.

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