December 16, 2019

Washington Wizards Game 12 Review: Wearing down in the fourth, Hornets 25-0 run dooms Wiz

On the front end of a back-to-back stretch, the Washington Wizards got lit up by Paul George and C.J. Miles for a combined 72 points on Tuesday for the Indiana Pacers. Washington was hoping to rebound Wednesday on the road against the Charlotte Hornets to go into their Thanksgiving day off happy. Unfortunately, things did not go that way as the Wizards got absolutely abused in the fourth quarter. Washington lost 101-87 as the Hornets ended the game on a ridiculous 25-0 run, sending the Wizards to a 6-6 record.

(Photo by: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports)

(Photo by: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports)

Washington got off to a hot shooting start thanks to three straight Bradley Beal 3-pointers. The Hornets responded by shooting 4 of 6 from beyond the arc as a team. Charlotte ended the first quarter on an 8-0 run against the Washington reserves to take a 28-24 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Whenever the Wizards would try to cut into the Hornets multi-possession lead, they allowed another bucket to keep the deficit enlarged. Gary Neal willed the Wizards back to within two points of the home team to start a run where Washington made 8 of 9 field goal attempts. The Hornets, however, continued to make timely buckets at the end of the half to prevent the Wizards from taking a lead. After an even quarter, Charlotte held a 58-54 lead headed into intermission.

The teams traded buckets twice to start the second half before a John Wall 3-ball, who seems to be shooting it with more confidence, cut the deficit to a single point. After missing his first three attempts from beyond the arc, a Kris Humphries 3-pointer from the corner tied the game for Washington at the 6:19 mark of the third quarter. Charlotte quickly responded with an 8-2 run before the Wizards came back with a 13-0 run of their own to take their first lead since early in the first quarter. Headed into the final quarter, Washington held a decent 81-74 lead.

After Washington saw their lead balloon to as large as nine, the Hornets went on a 14-0 run to take a 90-85 lead with under five minutes to go in the game. Wittman called his second timeout of Charlotte’s run, but the Hornets simply extended it to a whopping 25-0 run. The Wizards were a miserable 1 of 19 from the field in the fourth quarter that saw them score a mere six points. With the inept scoring quarter, Washington tied its franchise record for fewest points in any quarter, matching an anemic effort against Orlando in 2009. Needless to say, Washington fell back to .500 with a 101-87 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.

NEXT GAME: The Wizards travel to Boston on Friday to meet the Celtics at 7:30 p.m.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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