December 14, 2019

Washington Wizards Game 22 Review: Behind Otto Porter’s career night, Wizards get revenge on Mavericks

(Photo by: USA Today)

(Photo by: USA Today)

Not only are the Washington Wizards three games under .500 following a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, but they will be without Bradley Beal for at least two weeks because of a stress injury to his right leg that has been of continuous concern throughout his career. Thanks to efficient scoring from Otto Porter Jr., a career high 28, and Marcin Gortat, 14 on just nine shots, to complement yet another December double-double, 26 points and 16 assists, from John Wall, Washington got a much needed victory over Dallas 114-111.

Washington opened up 7 of 9 from the field as all of the starters chipped in with points four minutes into the game. However, the poor defense against 3-pointers continued as Dallas opened up 4 of 8 from beyond the arc. This coming after Wesley Matthews knocked down ten long balls last Sunday at Verizon Center. John Wall kept Washington in the thick of things with six points and five assists in the first quarter, but Dallas led 28-26.

Rookie Kelly Oubre Jr. made the most of his extended minutes early, which might be a silver lining of Beal’s injury. The Kansas product had three points, three rebounds, a steal and solid defense in eight minutes of play. However, Dallas was still able to go on an 8-0 run to maintain the advantage. The Wizards responded with a 11-2 stretch of their own thanks to a couple 3-pointers from Ramon Sessions, who could also see more playing time in Beal’s absence.The Maverick’s three point shooting form returned at the end of the half to close the Wizards lead to just 51-50 at halftime.

After giving up Wesley Matthew’s fifth three of the game, Washington responded with a 17-2 run thanks to capitalizing on Mavericks turnovers early and Otto Porter heating up towards the end. The two teams combined for 20 points over three minutes at a frantic pace. The hot shooting continued for Washington as a 11-1 run stretched their lead to a game-high 21 points. Headed into the fourth quarter, the Wizards held a convincing 90-72 advantage.

Five points by Jared Dudley helped Washington weather the Maverick’s run as they sandwiched a 7-0 Dallas stretch. Wall began to get in on the shooting fun as he knocked down three straight jumpers for eight straight points. The Wizards scored timely buckets to maintain a double-digit lead as the Mavs had scored on five of six possessions nearing crunch time. Dallas foolishly fouled Sessions, a 79% career free throw shooter, on purpose but did save time to create additional possessions.

After a 9-0 Mavericks run, the deficit was just three points with 32 seconds remaining in the game. Gary Neal missed a corner three that would have put a dagger in Dallas and forced Jared Dudley to give to foul to prevent the Mavs from attempting a potential game-tying 3-pointer. J.J. Barea made both of his free throws as Wall did the same. With 3.7 seconds remaining and out of a 20-second timeout Dirk Nowitzki was unable to hit an off-balanced trey from the top of the key. The Wizards blew a huge lead in typical fashion, but came out victorious 114-111.

Washington will travel to Memphis for a Monday night matchup with the Grizzlies who will be coming off of a back-to-back after playing in Miami on 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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