December 10, 2019

Washington Wizards Game 57 Game Recap: Wiz take care of business against lowly 76ers after slow start

WALL HAS 23 POINTS, 11 ASSISTS IN WIN OVER PHILLY

(Photo by: @SportTalkWizards)

(Photo by: @SportTalkWizards)

The Washington Wizards were coming off of a bad loss to the injury riddled Chicago Bulls that doubled their games back from the playoffs, two to four. That being said, winning three of five games during a seven day stretch is not the worst thing in the world, but the lack of consistent defensive intensity is troubling. After a slow start that had D.C. sports fans cringing at the possibility of giving the likely first-overall selector Sixers their ninth win of the year, Washington turned it on in the third quarter. John Wall went for 13 in that quarter and 17 offensive rebounds in the game did Philadelphia in. The Wizards left the Wells Fargo Center with a 103-94 victory, pulling them to within three games of .500.

Both teams got off to slow starts offensively with Washington shooting just 3 of 13 to start the game compared to Philadelphia’s 3 of 10. The 76ers made their next sive shots from the field to take the early command of the game. Washington was paced by the Georgetown stud Otto Porter with 9 points on 4 of 6 shooting to start the game. Porter’s effort came after playing just five minutes in the second half against Chicago because he was not aggressive enough according to Randy Wittman. At the end of one period of play, the worst offensive team held a 26-21 on the Wizards.

Philadelphia’s lead ballooned to eight points early in the second quarter but Washington’s cold spell did not last for long. The Wizards rattled off a 10-0 run, culminating in a Bradley Beal triple, to retake the lead. Washington then went on a four minute field goal drought that allowed the lottery bound 76ers to get off an 11-0 run. The way the season has gone for most of the year was epitomized by a missed John Wall alley-oop slam from Beal that outletted to a Philadelphia transition bucket. Disappointingly, the DC team trailed 52-48 to the eight-win Sixers at the break.

Looking for a spark, Markieff Morris started the second half over Jared Dudley but began with two missed 3-pointers and two fouls in just over a minute of play to get himself a seat back on the bench with four fouls. Washington responded with a 12-4 run to briefly secure a 60-59 lead. Wizards 3-point shooting, 5 of 19, hurt them offensively while the Sixers used 7 of 15 from beyond the arc to regain a six point lead. That is when John Wall decided to take over the game with his offense. Washington’s beloved All-Star scored or assisted on eight points of the 10-0 run that the road team ended the third quarter on. Wall’s 13 points in the third quarter gave the Wizards a 76-72 advantage going into the fourth quarter of play.

On a night where the rest of the Wizards struggled (3 of 17), Dudley continued to sparkle from deep (4 of 6). Dudley’s second 3-pointer of the quarter put Washington up 89-81 with 7:11 rest of the game to finalize the result. Philadelphia tried to make things interesting by cutting a double digit lead in half with two minutes left to play. The Wizards clamped down on defense and a Bradley Beal offensive rebound with one minute to play led to a Marcin Gortat dagger putback. Washington will return home with a victory from the city of Brotherly Love by beating Philadelphia 103-94.

Washington will host King James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for a Sunday matinee. Although matched up with the defending Eastern Conference champs, the Wizards will look to close the gap between themselves and the playoff picture with tipoff at 1 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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