September 26, 2020

Washington Wizards Game 29 Recap: Wiz fall to Mavs on New Year’s

John Wall drives the baseline against the Dallas Mavericks Jan. 1, 2014 (photo courtesy Monumental Network)

John Wall drives the baseline against the Dallas Mavericks Jan. 1, 2014 (photo courtesy Monumental Network)

John Wall scored over 20 points for the eighth straight game, Trevor Booker had a career-high 19 rebounds and Dirk Nowitski had a season-low nine points, which all sounds like it might up to a Washington Wizards win to start the new year. But Monta Ellis dropped 16 of his 23 points in the second half and the Wiz froze up, as the Dallas Mavericks walked out of Verizon Center with an 87-78 win.

The Wizards failed in their most recent attempt to go over .500, falling to 14-15 with the loss.

“I was an expensive decoy today,” Nowitski said, revealing he rolled his ankle in the game’s first minute and was ineffective the rest of the night, shooting just 3 of 14.

Wall finished with a team-high 22 points and Booker had 10 points to go along with the 19 boards — seven of which came on the offensive glass.

“We just couldn’t make a shot all day really,” Wall said of his team’s 37.5 percent effort from the floor, including a woeful 5 of 24 from beyond the arc. “I think we were doing a great job defensively. It was just, we weren’t making shots down the stretch, and we didn’t make them.”

“We had a tough shooting night,’ head coach Randy Wittman said. “There’s no question about it. We wasted a good defensive effort I thought from our defensive standpoint, but we just couldn’t get into a rhythm the whole night.”

Bradley Beal went 4 of 13 and finished with just 10 points. Marcin Gortat added 12 points and five rebounds.

The Wiards led 44-39 at halftime, but came out stone-cold after the break, scoring just 19 points in the third quarter and 17 in the fourth, while the Mavericks dropped 28 in the final frame to wrest control of the game.

The Wizards host Toronto Friday night at 7:00 pm.

 

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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