August 14, 2022

Washington Wizards Game 35 Recap: Wiz end three game skid with continued dominance of Magic

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On New Year’s Day, the Washington Wizards beat the Orlando Magic for the eleventh straight time, an impressive feat on its own. After looking foolish in their past three games, Washington was desperate to not fall further behind in the playoff picture. The domination for the Magic continued with a balanced scoring attack that saw every starter and Gary Neal off the bench score in double-digits. John Wall led the way with 24 points, 10 assists, five rebounds, and four steals as Washington snapped a three-game losing streak with a 105-99 victory over the Magic.

The Wizards got off to a similar start as Friday against the Raptors, by capitalizing off of the opponents turnovers. 57.9 percent (11 of 19) shooting in the first quarter was helped by 12 easy points off of six Magic turnovers. A 13-4 run gave Washington an eight-point lead, thanks to a couple of jumpers from Garrett Temple. The DC club also had a 12-2 edge in the fast break department, which gave them a 27-17 lead after one quarter.

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Washington Wizards Game 1 Recap: Wall takes control, leads Wiz to close win over Magic

The Washington Wizards opened up their 2015-16 campaign in Orlando, defeating a young and talented Magic team, 88-87. John Wall was the star, posting 22 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and a game-high 5 blocks. Bradley Beal added 24 points and 6 rebounds, while Orlando was led by Victor Oladipo with 17 and 11. The game was back and forth and remained close the entire time, as Orlando was definitely up to the challenge defensively. However, Wall and Beal took control in the fourth quarter, scoring 19 of the team’s 23 points in the period. The Wizards closed it out on a Wall floater with 12.7 seconds to go.

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Washington Wizards Game 21 Review: Beal Beats Buzzer, Magic


The Washington Wizards returned to the site of their first victory of the season and left with a similar result, defeating the Orlando Magic at the buzzer in Orlando, 91-89.

With 0.8 seconds left, it seemed as though the Wizards would be heading to overtime for the second straight game. That is, until head coach Randy Wittman drew up a buzzer-beating lob-pass in the huddle during a timeout.

As if it was drawn up in the dirt, Bradley Beal (9 points) rolled to the basket and looked back to Andre Miller for the pass. Miller placed the inbounds-lob-pass with precision accuracy and Beal laid it up and in before the backboard lit up in red. The Wizards stormed the floor in victory, their 15th of the season. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 2 Recap: Wall Leads Wiz Past Magic


Continuing their road trip to open the season, the Washington Wizards notched their first “W” of the season, defeating the Orlando Magic 105-98 inside the Amway Center in Orlando, Fl. [Read more…]

Wizards sign Al Harrington

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced Wednesday that the team has signed veteran forward Al Harrington. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.

“Al’s all-around game and reputation as a leader make him a solid fit with our team,” said Grunfeld.  “He will give us additional depth and experience in the frontcourt, the ability to stretch defenses and another proven veteran in the locker room.”

Harrington has appeared in 947 career regular season games in 15 seasons with the Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic. On Aug. 2, 2013, Harrington was waived by the Magic, who originally acquired the 33-year-old from Denver on Aug. 10, 2012, as part of a four-team, 12-player deal. Harrington played in 10 games with the Magic last season, averaging 5.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and one assist in 11.9 minutes per contest after missing the first 54 games of the season with a right knee meniscus repair and ensuing staph infection.

Over his career, Harrington has averaged 13.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 29 minutes per contest. He has shot .445 from the field and .352 from three-point range, recording 103 career double-doubles.

Originally selected by the Pacers as the 25th overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft out of St. Patrick’s High School in Elizabeth, N.J., Harrington’s most productive season came during the 2008-09 campaign, during which he averaged a career-best 20.1 points and 6.2 rebounds in 73 games with Golden State and New York.

Washington Wizards Game 72 Wrap: Wizards rally falls short in 97-92 loss to Magic

After trailing by as many as 16 points, the Washington Wizards (26-46) rallied to within two points of catching the Orlando Magic (19-54) with 15 seconds remaining, but came up empty, falling 97-92 Friday night at the Amway Center.

John Wall has done everything in his power to ensure the Wizards don’t bow out early this season, even without a playoff berth in sight, but the supporting cast yet again failed to capitalize on his efforts. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game Wrap 35: Wizards Cruise to Third Straight Win with 120-91 Victory over Magic

The Washington Wizards (7-28) pulled the plug on the Orlando Magic (13-24) at the Verizon Center Monday night as Washington banked its most impressive victory of the season thus far – a 120-91 rout – to mark their third straight win.

At last, basketball has returned to the district.

Yes, John Wall was back in action for a second night in a row off the bench. More importantly, however, there was no single hero Monday night. The Wizards shared the wealth – and moved the ball – and as a result, six players for Washington tallied double-digit points. Emeka Okafor led the pack with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while A.J. Price and Kevin Seraphin tied with 18 points apiece.

The mere presence of John Wall seemed to help the Wizards get back on their feet again. Wall added 12 points and six assists to the mix during his second night back, but more importantly, he seemed to return confidence to a roster that seemed lifeless only weeks ago.

“[Wall] brings an added dimension that nobody had, that’s honesty,” said head coach Randy Wittman after the game. “His energy, his speed, his enthusiasm, his delivering of the ball…He sees the floor very well, not all guys see that.”

The Wizards’ defense was not quite picture-perfect,  but the Magic shot just 42.5% from the field. Even more, Washington drew key fouls and learned to play small ball to rack up points. In fact, they held off on attempting a three-pointer until less than 4:30 remained in the first half.

By the time Wall checked in – with 5:35 remaining in the first quarter – the Wizards were already off to a 16-11 lead, helped by eight consecutive free throws made by A.J. Price, Bradley Beal and Martell Webster collectively.

After Kevin Seraphin laid down the perfect block on Arron Afflalo, the Wall of old made his first appearance of the night with a fast break layup to widen Washington’s lead to 24-18.

The Magic’s Glen Davis responded with a layup of his own, but the Wizards carried a less-than-comfortable six-point lead into the second quarter.

Washington wasted little time heating up in the second quarter. By the time Price sank a 25-footer with 8:47 remaining, Washington had expanded their lead to 11 points.

Just under three minutes later, that lead grew to 16 points, thanks in part to an 8-0 run by unlikely hero Jan Vesely. Vesely capped off his stint with his second of several noteworthy dunks on the night.

With less than five minutes remaining in the half, Trevor Ariza sank a three, and Beal followed up with a jumper and layup to put Washington up 19 points.

Then, the Wizards returned to old habits.

In just two minutes and 14 seconds, they handed back 13 of 19 points to the Magic unanswered due to a missed alley-oop layup by Wall and two petty turnovers. Josh McRoberts added salt to the wounds by making the last basket a buzzer beater dunk to trim the Wizards’ lead to 59-53.

Unlike the Wizards of earlier this season, this team returned to the court ready to earn back the points they shed.

“I liked what I saw today in our guys’ eyes at halftime,” Wittman said. “It showed right away in the third quarter, we immediately built it up to 10, 12, 13 right away. It’s a good sign.”

The Wizards and Magic went back-and-forth throughout most of the third quarter, with Washington maintaining a 10-point lead throughout, give or take.

Leading 81-71, Vesely pitched the ball to Webster, who drew the three-and-one from the wing to put the Wizards out front by 15.

Before the end of the quarter, fans were treated to a pair of monster slams by Beal and Seraphin, and Washington regained a 19-point lead.

Then, in the fourth quarter, the Wizards did not only dominate, they put on a show.

To set the tone, Washington wowed the crowd with a John-to-Jan alley-oop to make it 98-77 with just under 10 minutes left to play.

With just under five minutes left, Trevor Ariza kicked off the dunk show before Seraphin dropped two hammers of his own to blow it open for Washington, 113-87. A.J. Price followed up with a three-pointer before the Wizards officially celebrated their first three-game win-streak of the season with a final score of 120-91.

Taking into account how the WIzards have performed throughout the majority of the season thus far, fans are left wondering if the win streak represents a change in momentum on the season or a fluke amidst a string of terrible losses, soon to again become the norm.

“We lost so many close games that I think once we started losing so many in a row, I think it kind of became a mental thing,” Price said. “When we got to the fourth quarter, for whatever reason, we just couldn’t execute because it was stuck in the back of our heads. I think now that the tide has turned a bit, we shouldn’t have to worry about that for the rest of the year.”

In order to prolong their win streak, the Wizards will have to carry their momentum away from home as they embark on a five-game road trip while the district prepares for the presidential Inauguration events taking place this weekend.

Wizards beat Magic 120-91 Postgame Audio: Wittman, Wall, Vesely, Price, Beal

WASHINGTON–The Washington Wizards put on a show, blowing out the Orlando Magic 120-91.  The Wizards had season high in points and put up a season-high 37 in the third quarter alone.  Wizards Head Coach Randy Wittman was very pleased with their third win in a row.

“As I told them, that was a beautiful thing tonight.”

The Wizards had six in double-figures, including forward Jan Vesely with 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists and was a plus 29.

“That was a great game,”  Vesely said. “Everybody enjoyed playing. We played together and helped each other on defense. On offense, we just had fun. It was a great game to play.”

Guard John Wall had 12 points and six assists in his second game back and Randy Wittman knows what good guard play can bring to this team.

“If you get good guard play, you have a chance to win games. John coming back helps that, obviously.”

The Wizards shot 56.1% on the night, first time all season they’ve gone over the 50% mark from the field.

Whenever we move the ball, we have movement off the ball and then playing great defense, we’re a great team…it’s going to be tough to really deal with us down the stretch,”  rookie guard Bradley Beal said.

Listen here to what Randy Wittman, John Wall, Jan Vesely, A.J. Price & Bradley Beal had to say following the win.

Randy Wittman Postgame Audio

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John Wall Postgame Audio

01-14-13 John Wall Postgame RAW

Jan Vesely Postgame Audio

01-14-13 Jan Vesely Postgame RAW

A.J. Price Postgame Audio

01-14-13 AJ Price Postgame RAW

Bradley Beal Postgame Audio

01-14-13 Bradley Beal Postgame RAW



Washington Wizards Game Wrap 27: Off the bench, Crawford leads Wizards to 105-97 win over Magic

At last, the Washington Wizards (4-23) have snapped their losing streak which reached eight games before Friday night’s 105-97 win over the Orlando Magic (12-17) at the Verizon Center.

Sure, the Magic are without Glen Davis, who sprained his left shoulder against the Wizards on Dec. 19. And yes, it was a little bizarre that the Verizon Center erupted into chants of “RGIII” in the fourth quarter for Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. But, to take the glass-half-full approach – at least Wizards fans found positive reasons to make noise, right?

The Wizards shot 47.7% from the field and went 15-17 on free throws. They turned the ball over only 11 times – compared with 20 times against the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday night.

By day’s end, Crawford tallied 27 points, six rebounds and six assists against the Magic, who are riding their own four-game losing streak. Nene posted big numbers as well with 23 points, 11 boards and four assists.

Washington’s defense did little to slow the Magic in the first quarter. Orlando rocketed to a 15-4 start fueled by three Jameer Nelson three-pointers in a row. Luckily enough for the Wizards, Crawford and Garrett Temple delivered off the bench just as Nene and Kevin Seraphin seemingly mastered the art of sinking free throws.

With the Wizards trailing by just six, Crawford kept things close for D.C. by scoring nine points in the first six minutes of the second quarter.

It was not until much later in the quarter, however, that the Wizards finally took the lead. Down 49-44, Crawford scrambled down the court to pitch the alley-oop to Bradley Beal who slammed it in for the highlight reel. Then, Crawford and Temple sunk back-to-back threes to give the Wizards their first lead of the game, 52-51.

From there, they never gave it back. In fact, with 5:33 left in the third quarter, Seraphin sparked a 12-0 run for the Wizards to make it 78-63 Washington, but the Magic crawled back within eight by the buzzer.

Within the first two and a half minutes of the fourth quarter, the Magic trimmed the Wizards’ lead to just four points. However, a flurry of Nene free throws and a pair of jumpers by Kevin Seraphin helped bring the Wizards back to a 92-80 lead.

With just over three minutes left in the game, the Wizards did something they haven’t done since their Dec. 4 win against the Miami Heat – they reached the century mark. When all was said and done, Washington proved it can hold a lead against a sub-.500 team by battling it out to get the 105-97 win.

Washington Wizards Game Wrap 23: Another Poor Shooting Night Dooms Wizards

Battered, broken and totally out of sync, the hobbled Washington Wizards had a hard time finding their stroke in last night’s 90-83 loss to the Orlando Magic.

It was yet another dismal night shooting for the Wizards, hitting just 34 of their 77 shots. Wednesday was yet another contest where the team failed to get over the 45-percent shooting threshold. A few more buckets here, or a better shot choice there and the Wizards could have walked away with another win, instead they add to the mounting number of losses.

With rookie Bradley Beal out with a concussion, Trevor Ariza down with a leg injury, AJ Price missing with a hand injury and John Wall still not prepared to return, the Wizards had to turn to yet another starting lineup. Earl Barron, someone who rarely sees the floor let alone starts, was thrust in at power forward, while Shaun Livingston returned to a starting spot at guard.

It is hard to criticize two players who are only starting because of injury, but Barron and Livingston were clearly key reasons the team shot so poorly. Combined, the two of them only hit two shots, while they missed a combined 11 buckets. Sure, not everyone can score like Wall, but the two continued to take mid-range jumpers throughout the game and it hurt the team down the stretch.

Those two were not the only ones to have a poor day shooting, but they were definitely the worst of a bad bunch. Including Barron and Livingston, six of the team’s nine players who saw the floor shot below 50-percent. The only Washington player who really did well offensively at all was Nene.

Nene continued the strong play and leadership he has exhibited in his game all year. Too bad he is on a minutes limit. In just 25-minutes, Nene was 8-10 from the floor, a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line and scored a team high 20 points. Oh, and he was the only player other than Cartier Martin to have a positive plus-minus while he was on the floor.

There is a real reason for the minutes limit, but it is certainly starting to hinder the Wizards’ ability to perform on the court. It may be in the team’s long-term best interest to keep him on the bench, but at this point either the forward is healthy or he is not. If he is not, he should not play. If he is healthy though, then he needs to see the court more.

Staring a 3-21 record in the face heading into Friday’s game against the Detroit Pistons, the Wizards continue to fail at putting it together on the road. Sure, they are not exactly stellar at home, but they are 1-11 away from the Verizon Center and Detroit has been solid, definitely not good, but solid at home. It is a recipe for yet another Wizards loss.

With a home-and-home against one of the worst teams in the East, the Pistons, Washington really needs to use this upcoming back-to-back in order to really gauge what it can realistically do. Yes, it is still early in the season, but if Washington does not start showing signs of life, it may be time to start seeing what they have for the future.

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