September 23, 2014

Washington Wizards Game 4 Review: Wall powers Wiz past 76ers to notch first win of the season

John Wall’s 24 points and career-high five three-pointers helped the Washington Wizards to a 116-102 win over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center Wednesday night. The victory marked Washington’s long-awaited first of the season, dashing fears of a potential start to rival 2012’s 0-12 run.

Marcin Gortat added 19 points and 12 rebounds to the effort and Bradley Beal came up big with 17 and eight, respectively. Washington (1-3) also benefited from strong performances by Martell Webster and Al Harrington off the bench.

But, it was Wall who kept the Sixers in check from the get-go.

Beal sank the first basket from behind the arc and the Wizards never allowed Philly to play catch-up. By the end of the first quarter, Washington carried a 39-27 lead, largely on the backs of Gortat and Beal.

The second quarter featured a four-and-a-half minute stretch in which the Wizards failed to score, but Wall and Trevor Ariza posted timely threes to help the Wizards stay in front, 60-51, at the half. [Read more...]

Washington Wizards Game 58 Postgame Audio: Wittman, Wall, Beal & Price

Late in the game, Beal jumped to challenge a shot and landed awkwardly, twisting his ankle and landing in a heap.

“I just jumped in the air and came down on my own. Ended up rolling it,” he said.

“I’m grateful it wasn’t my knee, but it still felt bad,” Beal described from the locker room. “Whenever you have something like that, like an ankle sprain where it rolls over completely, it feels bad. I’m thankful it wasn’t my knee or anything too, too serious.”

Beal moved around gingerly while meeting with press and the team has him listed day-to-day.

“I got an x-ray,” Beal said. “It looks the same, looks normal I just have to see how it feels tomorrow.”

“I honestly thought it was more serious than what it was. At first I really couldn’t move my foot, I couldn’t really feel it. I guess that’s what happens when you’re just in shock, when your mind’s just going all over the place. I’m grateful to have the teammates that I have and they have my back.”

For Beal’s complete comments, plus those of head coach Randy Wittman, John Wall and A.J. Price, please click the links below.

03-03-13 Randy Wittman Postgame RAW

03-03-13 John Wall Postgame RAW

03-03-13 Bradley Beal Postgame RAW

03-03-13 AJ Price Postgame RAW

Washington Wizards Game Wrap 58: Wizards down 76ers late, lose Bradley Beal to injury

Even though John Wall stole the show for the Washington Wizards with a huge bucket to seal a 90-87 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, the long-term story of the game is the loss of rookie Bradley Beal.

The Wizards’ rookie franchise single season three-point recorder holder went down with little contact in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter and did not return to the game. Scoring 14 points in the game, Beal is a key-cog in the Wizards’ plans. [Read more...]

Washington Wizards Game Wrap 44: Wizards Collapse in Second Quarter, as 76ers Cruise to Win

After winning three of their last four, the Wizards are now mired in another slump, dropping their second in a row to the Philadelphia 76ers 92-84 on Wednesday night.

The night started out strong for the Wizards, taking 28-25 lead into the second quarter. Washington got their scoring from all over with Nene, John Wall, Kevin Seraphin, Jordan Crawford, Tervor Ariza and Emeka Okafor all knocking down shots. It boded well for the team on the evening since it was without their offensive horse Bradley Beal, who sat out with a wrist injury.

It was pretty much all downhill from there for the Wizards after that. [Read more...]

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