December 11, 2019

Washington Wizards Game 48 Recap: Much needed pick me up win gained against woeful 76ers

WALL GOES FOR 4th CAREER TRIPLE-DOUBLE WITH CAREER HIGH IN REBOUNDS

(Photo by: @NBA)

(Photo by: @NBA)

The Washington Wizards were beaten by double-digits at home against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, but there was some positives to take away. Then interim head coach Don Newman told the players after the loss that they will be successful if they play “like this and put it on the floor.” John Wall agreed by saying Washington would win 10 out of 10 games, since they won’t play the Warriors again, if they play with the energy they did. For the first time Dec. 9, Bradley Beal returned to the Wizards starting lineup.

Washington got off to a great start in the first quarter to take a commanding 20-point lead behind their best offensive performance to start a game. From there they hardly looked back, although they allowed Philadelphia to get back within single digits during a turnover filled stretch. Behind John Wall’s fourth career triple-double performance including a career high 13 rebounds, the Wizards cruised to a 106-94 victory.

It was not Steph Curry hot, but Washington (22-26) started 7 of 12 from the field, which allowed an early 13-2 run to force a Sixers timeout. The House of Guards showed up big in the first quarter with 20 combined points on an efficient 8 of 14 shooting from the field. Philadelphia shot a cold 7 of 23 (30.4 percent) because of Jahlil Okafor and Ish Smith forcing up contested shots, 5 of 15 combined. The Wizards led 38-18 at the end of one quarter, a season high in scoring for the first quarter.

With several bench players on the court to start the the second quarter, including DeJuan Blair for an injured Nene (straight calf), the 76ers were able to go on a 14-5 run, but Washington continued to maintain a double-digit lead. The Wizards were unable to hit any of their four 3-pointers in the quarter and six missed free throws in a fairly stagnant performance. Philadelphia settled for a 13-point deficit going into halftime as Washington led 60-47.

The 76ers lost the game early in the third quarter when they did not take advantage of Wizards turnovers, and then began allowing easy scores off of their own. Washington had five turnovers early in the third quarter and Philadelphia scored zero points off of them. The Wizards took their largest lead of the game, 25 points, following back-to-back Beal slams off turnovers. Then the worst team by record in the NBA finished the quarter on an 21-6 roll by capitalizing on sloppy turnovers once Wall took a seat on the bench.

Philadelphia was able to get the deficit back into single digits for the first time since six minutes into the game. Once Randy Wittman reinserted his starting backcourt Washington got back on track. Much like the rest of the game, the fourth quarter was fairly unexciting.

“We relaxed again (in the fourth) a little too much,” said Wittman, “and that’s something this team needs to work on. It’s one that we’ve had problems with most the year. What were we, 25 up? And they got it to eight, nine? We turned it over 10 times I think in the third quarter…I liked our start obviously, and then we came back and when they cut it to nine or whatever that was, we got control with six straight points after that.”

Wall did however record a career high in rebounding in a triple-double effort. Two days removed from a season-high 41 point performance, the Wizards All-Star recorded his first triple-double performance in nearly two years with 18 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists. The Wizards snapped their two-game skid with a 106-94 win at the Verizon Center.

NEXT GAME: Washington will set out on a three-game road trip by jumping on a plane to Charlotte. The Hornets (24-26) are also looking from the outside into the playoff picture despite a career year for point guard Kemba Walker.

WIZ NOTES:

  • Marcin Gortat tallied his 24th double-double of the season with 21 points and 13 rebounds to go along with three assists and one block. This marks his third game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds this season.
  • Bradley Beal led Wizards in scoring for the ninth time this season with 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting to go along with three rebounds and two assists. This marks the 12th game Beal has scored 20-or-more points this season.
  • The Wizards shot .524 (44 of 84) from the field. Washington is now 12-3 this season when they shoot .500-or-better from the field.
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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