October 21, 2020

Washington Wizards fade late against Cavaliers, fall 98-89

The Washington Wizards on Saturday lost their second consecutive game in a row as they were defeated by the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Verizon Center, 98-89.

They were far more competitive in this game than they were on Friday night in their 38-point-loss against the New York Knicks. The Wizards did extinguish the stench of their trip to New York City as they managed to stay with the Cavaliers for most of the game; however, they faded in the fourth quarter.

Unlike the Knicks who are in the playoff hunt, the Cavaliers are a second division team – much like the Wizards – who are playing for pride.

The Wizards were mired by inconsistency once again, and they could never get seemingly could get a decent push going against their opponents. In addition, the Washington bench did not help much at all, only chipping in with 24 points.

After winning two games in the week against the Charlotte Bobcats and Orlando Magic, they have been haunted by rough starts in the previous two. That fact has got the Wizards in a hole early and perhaps has stalled their upward momentum as of late.

“We got off to a rough start in that first quarter. We missed some easy shot. They shot 67 percent in the first half. We never had any control of the game. We were playing from behind the whole game,” expressed Wizards’ head interim coach Randy Wittman.

He added, “Our focus tonight coming out of timeouts wasn’t very good. We didn’t have a sense of urgency.”

The Wizards players still had the loss on Friday on their minds, and while they tried to use it as motivation, they could not find a way to defeat the Cavaliers.

“I think everyone was mad about last night’s game. We had another game to play, we came out to play, but we didn’t come out with any energy and they got what they wanted whenever they wanted.”

For the Wizards, John Wall bounced back from a poor night in New York and had 19 points and nine assists on Saturday. Jordan Crawford scored 18 points, Kevin Seraphin had 15, and James Singleton had 13 off the bench.

Jan Vesley had a strong night, as he had 11 points with 11 rebounds.

Cleveland’s Luke Harangody had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Anthony Parker had 15 points, and Tristan Thompson had 14.

The game was particularly competitive from the onset as both teams were deadlocked at 22 after the first quarter; however, the Cavaliers would gain a lot of momentum in the second quarter and take as much as an eight point lead before finishing up the first half up, 50-43.

At the start of the second half, the Wizards would rally and come back from a nine-point deficit in the third quarter. They would come within two of the lead, 73-71, at the end of the period.

Both teams were tied at 73 at the start of the final period; however, but Cleveland started to pull away as Luke Harangody hit a huge three-pointer with 11:11 left in the game. They would  rally and take the lead, plus extend it to as much as ten points, with a little less than five minutes left and not look back.

The Wizards were pretty much done as Cleveland took a 94-85 lead with 3:17 as Anthony Parker ended up at the free throw line, making both of his shots.

As the fans filed out of the Verizon Center, the Wizards see their record fall to 14-46, and know they have to finish a season which has been filled with a lot of disappointment.

Wall, in the locker room after the game, expressed what the Wizards have to do win. He knows that they have to will themselves to succeed in the final games of the season and turn the losing ride around.

“I know if you play the game of basketball you might be tired but you have to continue and finish the season out strong. I don’t know how a lot of guys are feeling right now or how they are, but I know the last two games all of us have been mad about losing.”

Jordan Crawford added, “You still have to come out and do your job. If you have bad days at work you still have to come out and put all your energy into it, so it’s no excuse.”

The Washington Wizards have another game on Monday as they will face a tough customer in the Chicago Bulls on the road.

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