August 16, 2022

Washington Wizards Game 21 Review: Terrible 3-point defense and no Bradley Beal leads to loss in New Orleans


The Washington Wizards have been without the services of NeneKris Humphries, and Drew Gooden in recent weeks leading to a depleted frontcourt. With Bradley Beal sitting out Friday night’s game in New Orleans with a sore right leg — a possible reaggravation of last year’s stress fracture that kept him out of eight games — Randy Wittman had only ten players available to him.

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John Wall had another strong game with 26 points, 12 assists, and seven rebounds, but it wasn’t enough. Washington allowed the Pelicans to set a franchise record of 16 made 3s, five by Tyreke Evans, and could not hit the big shot late. The Wizards fell to 9-12 on the season after a 107-105 loss to begin their four-game road trip.

Even though the Wizards got off to a quick 6-0 start, four offensive rebounds spurted a 10-0 Pelicans run, including seven second-chance points. The teams combined for five 3-pointers within the first six minutes of the game. Good ball movement, where Washington recorded eight assists on eleven made field goals, allowed them to keep pace with New Orleans shooting 50 percent in the quarter. After one quarter from the Big Easy, Washington trailed 29-27, thanks to a half court shot from Jrue Holliday at the buzzer.

The Pelicans hot shooting continued into the second quarter, as they went off on a 16-4 run. Washington’s bench did their best to weather the storm, but things got out of hand as New Orleans stretched it to a double-digit deficit. The Wiz starters got things going again with a 17-6 run. Eight straight points from the usually defensive minded Garrett Temple, starting in place of Beal, was the main cog of the run. After being down by 11 at one point, Washington trailed New Orleans by just 55-54 at halftime.

In the first 5 1/2 minutes of the half, New Orleans was ice cold, hitting only one of their first seven shot attempts. Unfortunately, Washington was just as bad in the stretch and was unable to stretch out a small lead. The Pelicans cold spell didn’t last for long as they regained the 3-point stroke to quickly go on a 10-2 run. The Wizards responded with a 11-5 stretch to head into the final quarter tied at 77.

In the first two minutes of the quarter, Washington went on a 9-0 run, but that lead was short lived as New Orleans came back with an 8-1 run in the following minute. Every time Wall and company tried to extend the lead, the Pelicans came back with a big shot of their own. A franchise record 16 3-pointers, on just 27 attempts, by New Orleans proved to be too much. Wall had an opportunity to take the lead with under 30 seconds but could not hit the elbow jumper. It looked as if Jared Dudley had come up with a steal, but a lost jump ball and missed Gary Neal jumper saw the Wizards fall 107-105.

Washington will head to Dallas for a rematch with the Mavericks on Saturday after Wesley Matthews dropped 10 3s in Verizon Center last Sunday.

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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