January 27, 2015

Washington Wizards Game 45 Review: Wizards outlast Nuggets on road

It required overtime, but the Washington Wizards hung on to beat the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night at the Pepsi Center, 117-115.

Kris Humphries scored 21 points off the bench for a team high, including four in the final three minutes to help lift Washington to the win.

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Washington Wizards Game 44 Review: For the second game in a row, the Wizards let one get away

After letting one get away against the Oklahoma City Thunder in overtime Wednesday night, the Washington Wizards faced déjà vu on the road against a Western Conference power house in the Portland Trail Blazers, falling 105-96 on Saturday. On a positive note, Paul Pierce joined the likes of Ray Allen, Reggie Miller, and Jason Terry in making 2,000 three point shots.

The first quarter started with a hot shooting start for the Wizards and a cold one for the Trail Blazers. Less than four minutes into the game, Portland’s coach Terry Stotts was forced to call a timeout as his team was down 13-2. This was motivated after Washington started out 6 of 9 from the field, while Portland was struggling with a 0 for 9 performance. The shooting woes for the Trail Blazers didn’t last as LaMarcus Aldridge, who decided to play in this game instead of immediately having thumb surgery, made five shots. Portland finished the quarter shooting 9 of 16 (56%); however, Washington sustained their 58% shooting the entire quarter and led 32-20. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 43 Review: Westbrook beats Wiz in overtime

After handling their business at home against the woeful Philadelphia 76ers on Martin Luther King Day, the Washington Wizards lost a heart breaker against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 105-103 loss in overtime.

In overtime, Nene powered the Wizards with nine of the team’s eleven points in the session. However, the Wizards had no answer for the combination of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, who combined for the Thunder’s 13 points in the session. Durant hit an impossible three drifting away from the basket and with Paul Pierce’s hand in his face to give the Thunder a two-point lead with 36 seconds left in the game. Then off the final inbound pass, Russell Westbrook was given a clear lane to the basket for the game winning layup with 0.8 seconds left without a single contest. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 42 Review: Wizards dominant, rout 76ers at home

Physical play and one of the widest talent gaps in the NBA was too much for Philadelphia to overcome, and the Wizards outscored the 76ers by at least four in every quarter en route to a 111-76 win over the 76ers in front of a lively Martin Luther King, Jr. Day crowd at Verizon Center on Monday afternoon.

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Washington Wizards Game 41 Review: Wizards earn gritty win in Brooklyn

The Washington Wizards picked up a significant win over the Brooklyn Nets on the road on Saturday, 99-90. Washington (28-13) outscored the Nets by 12 over the final three quarters en route to the victory.

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Washington Wizards Game 39 Review: Wizards beat Eastern Conference contending Bulls again, this time on the road

After beating the defending NBA champs San Antonio Spurs a night before, the Washington Wizards kept their momentum going with an impressive 105-99 win against the Chicago Bulls. After not performing too well on a five-game road trip against some of the best in the Western Conference, the Wizards have shown on national television that they are indeed legit.

In the first quarter the Wizards looked like a team that had tired legs as they were slow out of the gates giving up turnovers that led to easy transition buckets and open shots from threes that the Bulls converted. Bradley Beal helped keep it close but the Wizards had no answer for Derrick Rose who could not miss (even from half-court at the buzzer). Washington was down to the Bulls 32-26 after the first frame. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 38 Review: Wall, Seraphin lead Wizards’ long-awaited triumph over Spurs

After suffering their biggest loss of the season on Sunday, the Washington Wizards rose from that setback in a big way Tuesday night at Verizon Center, beating the San Antonio Spurs 101-93.

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Washington Wizards Game 37 Review: Turnovers doom Washington as Hawks overpower Wizards

The Atlanta Hawks have been a team on the rise this year, soaring up the NBA standings and putting the rest of the Association on notice.

They certainly put the Wizards on notice Sunday.

The Southeast Division-leading Hawks never trailed en route to a 120-89 win over the Wizards in Atlanta. All five starters for the Hawks were in double figures, as were three bench players. Atlanta was in control of just about every statistical category and dominated the game throughout. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 36 Review: Wall leads Wizards over Bulls, Rose

WALL, GORTAT AND NENE ALL REGISTER DOUBLE-DOUBLES IN WIN

The Washington Wizards defeated the Chicago Bulls, 102-86, Friday night at the Verizon Center in Washington, as John Wall finally beat Derrick Rose head-to-head. Wall, now 1-5 when he and Rose are in the lineups against each other, scored 16 points and dished out 12 assists.

Rose finished with 19 points — and the loss.

The Wizards (25-11) have won five of their last seven games against Chicago dating back to last season, including the Wizards’ first round playoff series victory. The win moves the Wiz past Chicago in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Wizards jumped out to a 30-10 first quarter lead as the Bulls started the game shooting 4-for-24 from the floor. It led to Chicago’s season-low for first quarter points with 13.

“I thought the first half, on both ends of the floor, was really good,” coach Randy Wittman said. “We came out focused defensively which we have to do. That’s our calling card and when we hold teams under 100, I think we’re 20-1 now, this being the one team that beat us the last time they were in here. I thought they came out; our guys came out tonight, both offensively and defensively.”

The Wizards never relinquished their lead. The Bulls got to within eight in the fourth quarter, but the Wizards were able to stave off the rally.

The Wizards have won three straight, while the Bulls have lost back-to-back games.

The game was expected to be chippy due to the bad blood from last year’s first round playoff series. That chippiness was displayed when Aaron Brooks knocked down Wall in the fourth quarter on a long pass.

That was not the only place physical play showed, as Wizards big men Marcin Gortat and Nene pushed around Bulls bigs Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol all night.

“The NBA is about people having big tempers and egos,” center Marcin Gortat said. “Me and Nene we definitely got egos and tempers. We’re definitely not going to let anybody come in here and punk us like that. They did one time and we didn’t like that. We were ready for this game.”

Gortat wasn’t the only one that noticed the physicality.

“They were definitely more physical than us,” Chicago center Joakim Noah said. “They moved the ball better than us. They executed better than us. They just played a better all-around game.”

Bradley Beal, who registered 17 points, four assists and two rebounds, concurred. “Our biggest key was to make sure we played physical, and to make sure we hit [Pau] Gasol and [Joakim] Noah whenever possible, just to get them uncomfortable. I think our bigs did a tremendous job of guarding them, and making them put the ball on the floor and take tough shots. We definitely have to tip our hat off to our bigs.”

Gortat scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Wizards. Nene recorded his first double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Brooks added 16 points for Chicago.

Washington Wizards Game 31 Review: Wiz dumped in Dallas

Monte Ellis shook off an ankle injury sustained on Sunday, scored 20 points in 27  minutes with four steals, and helped hold Bradley Beal to 10 points and the Dallas Mavericks dumped the Washington Wizards 114-87 on Tuesday.

Rajon Rondo, recently acquired from the Boston Celtics, added 11 points and five assists.

John Wall and Kris Humphries led the Wizards (22-9) with 11 points as the team shot 4 of 12 from beyond the arc and made just 17 of 27 free throws (63 percent).

The Wizards trailed by just three after the first quarter, but a couple of different spurts, including a 11-4 run midway through the second quarter, pushed the Dallas lead to 12 with 5:03 left in the half, with Richard Jefferson going to the hole strong twice on consecutive possessions, then drilling a 3-pointer for emphasis.

The Mavericks led 63-45 at the break.

The third quarter was no better, as a particular sequence went: Beal miss, Pierce turnover, Beal foul, Pierce miss fade, Gortat miss jumper, Beal turnover, Wall turnover, Wall shooting foul.

Beal had a particularly rough night, going 4 of 14 from the floor in 28 minutes.

The Wizards are off until Friday when they take on the Thunder in Oklahoma City.

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