December 16, 2019

Washington Wizards Game 27 Review: Strong homestand continues with third straight win as Wiz beat Grizzlies

The Washington Wizards continue to be undermanned as starters Bradley Beal (right leg stress reaction) and Otto Porter (left thigh bruise) continue to sit out for Randy Wittman. Things got worse today as the Washington Post’s Jorge Castillo reports Alan Anderson, Washington’s best defender according to Marcin Gortat, will be sidelined an additional three to five weeks as he recovers from left ankle surgery.

(Photo by: @Wizards)

(Photo by: @Wizards)

Point guard John Wall has been single-handedly willing the Wizards along in December, a month where he is currently averaging 23.6 points, 11.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and even 41.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc per game. Things were no different tonight as Optimus Dime pace Washington with nine first half assists. The All-Star hopeful recorded his fifth straight double-double at home as the Wizards went on to win 100-91.

Memphis made their first four shots of the field before John Wall’s speed fueled a 10-0 Washington run. In the first quarter the Wizards held a 9-0 advantage in fast break, 12-6 on points in the paint, and 18-9 on the glass. A thunderous alley-oop from Gary Neal to the Polish Machine allowed the Wizards to end the quarter with a 25-18 advantage.

Ramon Sessions started the second by doing his best John Wall impression; the backup point guard repeatedly drew contact by attacking the rim. Sessions’ knack of getting to the hoop led to Mario Chalmers picking up three fouls in five minutes of the bench before he blew a fuse and got ejected once picking up two technical fouls. Wittman’s undermanned bench went on a 11-0 run to start the period. With Memphis struggling from beyond the arc, 1 of 10, and Washington sharing the ball to a tune of 18 assists on 20 made field goals, the hometown team held a 59-48 advantage at halftime.

The Grizzlies came out by taking advantage of Jeff Green in the post-up game, which allowed them to get the deficit to eight. John Wall had none of it as he led a 11-0 run to push the lead back up. Garrett Temple caught fire in the third quarter with four field goals to pace Washington the rest of the way. Headed to the final sessions, the Wizards were in the drivers seat with a 81-65 edge.

Famed Wizards killer and former Hoya talent Jeff Green started to heat up again. With three straight buckets, Memphis had cut the at one time 22 point deficit in half to 11. Mike Conley helped the Grizzlies get things to within seven with more then six minutes to play. Temple, who scored twenty points for his third straight game, hit a clutch three to keep Washington afloat during Memphis’ run. With all defense team Tony Allen hounding John Wall all night the Wizards MVP decided to take a walk-up three, figuring it would be his cleanest look; the shot was nothing but net. Offensive rebounding, seven in the quarter, helped Washington close things out to the tune of a 100-91 victory.

The Wizards will head to Brooklyn for a day after Christmas matchup with the Nets for a chance to return to the .500 mark for the first time in nearly a month (6-6 on Nov. 25).

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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