October 21, 2020

Washington Wizards Game 67 Review: Wizards start strong, hang on to beat Portland

A sloppy third quarter, in which the Washington Wizards were outscored by a 34-21 margin, had Wizards fans on the edge of their seats heading into the final 12 minutes. It was trimmed to three in the final frame, until a pair of explosive plays helped the Wizards lay the hammer down.

Bradley Beal’s three-pointer and Marcin Gortat’s alley-oop from John Wall helped Washington stretch the lead and eventually seal the deal with a 105-97 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night at Verizon Center. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 68 Recap: Wizards drop second straight with loss to Trail Blazers

John Wall tallied 24 points and 14 assists, but the Washington Wizards fell 116-103 to a Portland Trail Blazers team still without LaMarcus Aldridge.

If the Wizards want to fight for a playoff spot – their first since 2008 – they’re going to have to put games like Thursday night’s loss behind them. With two more road Western Conference games remaining in this stretch, Washington is currently sixth in the East.

Still, many of the playing habits coach Randy Wittman has tried to break returned, as Washington seemingly ran out of gas in the second quarter, allowing Portland an 8-0 run.

They never quite regained momentum, either.

In the third quarter, the Blazers outshot Washington 33-22, thanks in part to six made threes. By the end of the night, Portland made 14 of 35 three-point attempts and shot 50.6 percent from the field. Even more, both Wesley Matthews and Damian Lillard topped the 20-point mark with 28 and 23, respectively.

The Wizards couldn’t quite pull it together in the fourth quarter to put up much of a fight. For a while, they seemed to test the three-point strategy effectively as Drew Gooden, Bradley Beal and Trevor Ariza each sank long jumpers in the span of two minutes. But, Washington’s defense could not slow Matthews and Lillard, who continued to work their way over the 20-point threshold until the final 2:30 of the game.

Perhaps the most telling example of Washington’s up-and-down performance as of late was the fact that Wall himself provided some Jekyll-and-Hyde action. The Wizards’ point guard scored 13 points in the first quarter, zero in the second, 11 in the third and zero in the fourth.

Washington will look to recover some ground Friday night as the team takes on the (22-45) Los Angeles Lakers, who have now dropped three straight contests.

Washington Wizards Game 47 Recap: Wizards top Trail Blazers to go above .500 for first time since 2009

Photo credit: Monumental Network

Photo credit: Monumental Network

At long last, the Washington Wizards are in unfamiliar territory for all the right reasons.

The last time Washington saw the view from above .500, Bradley Beal was just 16 years old and the Wiz Kids were just three games into the season. This time, the Wizards are fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 24-23 record…in February.

And, to get to this point, they had to beat two of the West’s top teams in back-to-back games.

John Wall scored 22 points and Trevor Ariza added another 20 to help Washington to a 100-90 win over the 34-14 Portland Trail Blazers Monday night at the Verizon Center.

“It’s great – a humbling experience,” Wall said after the game. “You give credit to the young guys that have been here for a while for how hard they work and trying to get better. You give a ‘great job’ to our coaching staff and our organization, the people up top for doing the right thing and trying to make this team better. It also starts with being here as a family. We all trust each other. We all hold each other accountable on the basketball court, everything we do as a team.” [Read more…]

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