March 7, 2021

Washington Wizards Game 46 Recap: Wiz get down early and show little life on defense against Thunder

The Washington Wizards’ roster played their hearts out on Saturday night when they beat the Houston Rockets in thrilling fashion to pay tribute to Coach Randy Wittman’s older brother, Rick, who passed away, unexpectedly, earlier that day. While Randy Wittman fought through an emotional day on Saturday to stay with the team and coach, he will be taking a leave of absence that started tonight against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Assistant Don Newman will take over the lead responsibilities over the two game span.

(Photo by: @NBA)

(Photo by: @NBA)

Things were certainly a shootout to start, but then just turned into Oklahoma City making it rain much longer than Washington sustained. Getting down as many as 15 points early in the second quarter put up an impossible obstacle for the Wizards, who simply showed little defensive presence. In less than three quarters of work, Russell Westbrook had himself a triple-double and each of Kevin Durant’s 28 points were daggers to the hearts of all DC sports fans. Getting outrebounded 53-27 over the course of the game was the only stat anybody who did not watch the miserable game needed to know. By the end of the agony, Washington got set to return home following a 114-98 thumping.

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Washington Wizards Game 71 Wrap: Thunder shut down Wizards early as Washington falls 103-80

As one could probably guess by simply reading the final score, John Wall did not post 47 points in the Washington Wizards’ (26-45) 103-80 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder (53-19) Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Wizards were still without several of their top players – and Wall put forth the effort – but the injury-ridden and seemingly exhausted Wizards stood little chance against Kevin Durant and the Thunder. Along with Russell Westbrook, Durant led the Thunder’s efforts – Westbrook recorded 21 points and four rebounds on the evening and Durant another 20 and six. On Washington’s side, however, Wall led with just 18 points and 12 assists. [Read more…]

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