February 26, 2021

Washington Wizards Game 5 Review: Beal’s Last Second Shot Lifts Wizards past Spurs

“Out of all my shots tonight that one felt the best. Everything was in and it felt naturally good.
As soon as I jabbed him I knew it was good.” –Bradley Beal, on the game-winning shot.

The Washington Wizards faced their toughest and deepest opponent yet in the San Antonio Spurs at Verizon Center, and did not back down in the slightest. Bradley Beal put away the Spurs in dramatic fashion on a wide open 3 to win, 102-99. The shot was made possible by a beautiful jab step move on LaMarcus Aldrige, and it continued the shooting guard’s 2015 coming out party.

The game started well, with the Wizards coming out white hot and stretching an early lead to 19-2. However, Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs rallied to take the lead at the end of the first quarter, and controlled the tempo for the majority of the next two quarters. The game was looking like the normal Spurs’ cake walk like it had been for so many years prior. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game Wrap 46: Wizards remain winless in San Antonio since 1999

Suddenly, like a switch was flipped, the Washington Wizards have returned to their earlier season form  and are now mired in a four game losing streak after falling to the San Antonio Spurs 96-86 on the road.

Even with Tim Duncan only playing 14 minutes before leaving with an injury  the Spurs still managed to hold a comfortable lead throughout most of the game with four shooters in double figures and two of them totaling double-doubles. It was the Tony Parker show with his 19 points and 12 assists for most of the evening. Parker was joined by Kawhi Leonard who totaled 10 points of his own and added 11 rebounds.

Meanwhile the Wizards looked absolutely lost at times, even with John Wall posting his second best offensive night of the season. Yet another high turnover night combined with a low free throw shooting percentage contributed to one of the team’s worst losses of the year. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Wrap Game 12: Wiz steamrolled by Spurs for 12th straight loss to start season

For the first 15 minutes of Monday night’s game, the Washington Wizards hung with the San Antonio Spurs. They closed the first quarter trailing by just four to a team that has started the season 11-3. That’s where the moral victory in this contest ended though, as the Spurs dominated play the rest of the way out, sending the Wizards to their 12th straight loss to open the season, 118-92, before an announced 13,879 at Verizon Center.

Many of those actually in attendance streamed out of the arena well before the final horn sounded.

The Wizards lost their previous two games in overtime, with veteran Nene leading the charge in both. But the oft-injured big man sat this one out with a sore left foot. With Nene out of the lineup, the Wizards looked lost most of the affair.

The Spurs had seven players reach double-figures in points, including Tony Parker’s 15 and Tim Duncan’s 14. Backup forward Boris Diaw led the Spurs with 16 points off the bench. Tiago Splitter had 15 points and 12 rebounds in extensive playing time in the second half.

The Wizards were paced by Jordan Crawford’s 19 points off the bench (on 9-of-16 shooting). Kevin Seraphin chipped in with 18 points, but veterans Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza — both of whom started for head coach Randy Wittman — combined for nine points and seven rebounds in the contest. As a team, the Wizards shot 41.1 percent from the floor and 28.6 percent from behind the three-point line.

Rookie Bradley Beal had a rough night, scoring 11 points but shooting just 4-for-13 from the floor. he missed his only three-point attempt.

The Wizards are the 12th team in NBA history to start the season 0-12 and are six losses away from equaling the New Jersey Nets’ record of 0-18 at the start of the ’09-’10 season.

The Spurs toyed with the Wizards much of the game, moving the ball around the perimeter until the ball eventually found its way into the hands on an open man for an uncontested shot. Their precision passing offensive game was a stark contrast to the Wizards, who seemed without a semblance of premeditated attack.

In addition to Nene, Trevor Booker missed his third straight game with a strained right knee. Shaun Livingston did not play either, but was in uniform and on the bench.

The Wizards next opportunity to erase the zero at the beginning of their record comes Wednesday night at Verizon Center against the Portland Trailblazers, who entered play Monday night 6-7.

Wizards lose big in first game of Texas road swing, fall to Spurs 112-97

The Wizards started a six game road trip in San Antonio, and despite the need to get off on the right foot were dispatched again by the Spurs in convincing fashion 112-97.

Tony Parker led the Spurs with 31 points on 14-for-19 shooting while also carving the Wizards up for seven assists. Tiago Splitter, Tim Duncan and DeJuan Blair combined for 42 points and 28 rebounds in beating up the Wizards front line. [Read more…]

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