Pacers at Wizards final score: Washington uses a balanced attack to knock of Pacers 109-102

The Washington Wizards used a balanced attack led by Bradley Beal with 19 points to knock off the Indiana Pacers in a pivotal Eastern Conference matchup, 109-102. Marcin Gortat had one of his better games of the season with 18 points and eight rebounds and Kelly Oubre scored 16 points off the bench as the Wizards notch their 40th win of the season.

Washington led by as many as 20 in this one, 101-81 in the fourth quarter and looked like they might win this one in a blowout fashion. But, Pacers coach, Nate McMillan pulled his starters with 5:33 remaining in the game, which sparked an Indiana run. Indiana used a 17-4 run behind the hot shooting from Lance Stephenson and TJ Leaf to trim the Wizards lead down to seven, 105-98 late in the fourth quarter. But Scott Brooks would reinsert his starters and the Wizards would hold suit knocking off the Pacers 109-102 and win the season series, 2-1.


Washington wins with a balanced attack

Five Washington players scored in double figures tonight and the team combined for 29 assists in the latest edition of ‘Everybody Eats’. After struggling for nearly the entire month of March, Gortat had a breakout game with 18 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. Kelly Oubre, who’s also struggled as of late, chipped in with 16 points off the bench including two timely three-pointers for Washington.

Tomas Satoransky continued his outstanding play with 12 points, five rebounds, and eight assists as this time; he won the dual with Cory Joseph.

The Washington bench combined for 37 points in another great all-around team effort for the Wizards.

Washington keeps Oladipo in check

Last time these two teams played, Oladipo scorched the Wizards for 33 points in an Indiana victory. That was not the case tonight as the Wizards put the clamps on Oladipo holding him to a relatively pedestrian 18 points on 7-16 shooting from the field.

Bradley Beal, who guarded Oladipo for most of the previous matchup started off defending the first-time All-Star tonight but the Wizards switched the guard positions much more freely. Tomas Satoransky also guarded Oladipo for stretches tonight and he was great at defending the dribble handoffs that the Pacers like to run.

But most importantly for Washington tonight, they limited the Pacers, specifically Oladipo’s, transition opportunities evidenced as Indiana ended the night with just four fast-break points.

Tip Ins

  • The Wizards were the beneficiaries of Indiana’s mistakes turning 15 turnovers into 26 Washington points
  • Markieff Morris turned in another strong performance with 15 points and five rebounds 

Up Next: Washington heads to San Antonio on Wednesday night where they haven’t won since 1999.


Wizards vs. Celtics final score: Washington overcomes 20 point deficit in wild 125-124 double-overtime win

Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 34 points (including 29 after the first half) while Markieff Morris added 20 and Otto Porter chipped in with 18 as the Wizards executed down the stretch to overcome a rough start and beat the Celtics 125-124 in double overtime on Wednesday night.

The Celtics, playing without Kyrie IrvingAl HorfordJaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart looked like a real-life version of Hoosiers as they connected on 8 of their first 11 shots to put Washington in an early hole. The Wizards trailed by as much as 20 in the first half, but they went on a late run to cut the Celtics’ lead to seven, 59-52, at halftime.

Beal, who was held to just five points in the first half, came roaring to life with 16 points in the third quarter to give the Wizards an 81-80 lead entering the fourth quarter.

The Celtics jumped back ahead early in the fourth quarter, but Beal created his own shot several times down the stretch to keep Washington within striking range. Then, with just five seconds remaining and the Wizards down 106-103, Markieff Morris inbounded the ball to a cutting Otto Porter who found Jodie Meeks in the corner for three to tie the game at 106 at the end of regulation.

The Wizards had a chance to ice the game in overtime with a two-point lead, possession of the ball, and just eight seconds to play – but Markieff Morris struggled to get the ball in which led to a turnover. Then, Jayson Tatum made a layup through contact on the ensuing possession to tie the game at 115. Tatum then returned the favor and let the Wizards off the hook, missing a go-ahead free throw with three seconds left which gave Washington a second chance in double overtime.

With the Wizards up 122-119 in the second overtime period, Bradley Beal drove baseline only to get double-teamed in no man’s land. Somehow, he found Tomas Satoransky who kicked it to Markieff Morris for a wide open three to put the Wizards up by six.

The Celtics were able to claw back within one, 125-124 and had an opportunity to take the lead on the final possession, but Tatum’s shot clanked off the back rim as Washington escaped with a much-needed win on the road.


Washington comes through in the clutch

There’s been plenty of chatter lately about Washington’s woes in the clutch, especially on the offensive end late in games. Were the Wizards perfect down the stretch? No. However, they looked a lot more composed and executed as well as you could have asked for in such a tight game.

Let’s break it down by period, shall we?

Fourth Quarter – After Marcus Morris knocked down a corner three-pointer which looked to bury the Wizards, Bradley Beal, the main guy who’s received this criticism remained calm and took Aron Baynes off the dribble for an easy layup to cut the lead to two. The next time down, again, he did his dance and took his man off the dribble for another layup close in to trim the lead to one.

With just five seconds remaining, Scott Brooks drew up an outstanding play in which both Beal and Porter curled off screens hoping to get either of them open for a three-pointer. Porter was not open for three but continued his cut through the lane to find Jodie Meeks in the corner for a wide-open three and he buried it.

Overtime – In the first overtime period, the ball continued to swing as Sato found Porter in the corner for three to open up the overtime period. Satoransky, who was a bit passive with his shot at times in the game, ran a perfectly executed pick-and-roll with Morris only to get fouled and knock down both free throws.

Double Overtime – Beal, who was so tired he could hardly cross half court, stayed in attack mode as he was able to draw a foul and get to the line to start the second overtime. Midway through the period, he took Baynes off the dribble yet again to finish with this nifty reverse layup and the foul to stretch Washington’s lead out to six, 125-119.

Game Notes

  • Ian Mahinmi, who’s played very well since receiving a DNP against Miami the other night had a terrific game with 14 points, 11 rebounds (6 offensive) on 6-of-9 shooting
  • Bad habits are turning into problems for the Wizards. Washington committed 20 turnovers resulting in 25 Boston points. But on the bright side, they only allowed 56 points in the paint!

Next up: The Wizards are off until Saturday when they host the Pacers at 7 p.m. ET.

Wolves at Wizards Final Score: Washington blows fourth quarter lead, losses to Minny 116-111

With the Wizards down three, 114-111, Washington had one last chance with 15 seconds to play to even up the score. The Wizards ran a play to get Bradley Beal open for three but he caught the ball too close to the sideline and was forced to make a desperation pass just to keep the ball inbounds which got picked off for a layup by Jeff Teague. Washington blows an eight-point fourth quarter lead and loses to the Timberwolves, 116-111.

Markieff Morris was outstanding tonight leading the Wizards with a season-high 27 points and Bradley Beal added 19 but it was Karl-Anthony Towns who stole the show with a game-high 37 points on 13-17 shooting.

Washington, who led by eight entering the fourth quarter, 90-82 had many chances to put this game away. But give credit to the Wolves who blitzed the Wizards with a 14-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to take control and win this one, 116-111.

Make no mistake about it; the Wizards blew a golden opportunity to get a win against a very good Western Conference team.

Washington falls apart in the fourth quarter

Washington led 90-82 entering the fourth quarter and it looked like they had control of this one. But a 16-8 run on the heels of some hot shooting from Nemanja Bjelica brought Minnesota back and tied the game at 98 just minutes into the fourth quarter.

Things got worse for Washington as the Timberwolves used a 14-0 run and knocked down 10 of their first 12 field goals to start the quarter and regain control.

Karl-Anthony Towns, who was clutch all night, knocked down a three-pointer in the corner to put the Wolves up five with under 30 seconds to play which buried Washington’s comeback chances.

Zero resistance at the rim and too many points in the paint were the difference tonight, especially in the fourth quarter as Minnesota outscored the Wizards 34-21.

Markieff Morris turns in his best game of the season

Since the All-Star break, it seems like the play of Markieff Morris is usually a good barometer for how the rest of the Wizards squad will play.

Morris couldn’t miss to start this one as he knocked down his first four shots and only three-point attempt for nine points in the first quarter. After notching 14 points by halftime, Morris continued to stroke the ball also knocking down his first four shots of the third quarter helping the Wizards build out their lead.

Keef grabbed four rebounds and dished out two assists all while playing tough defense on Taj Gibson and Towns when switched onto him tonight.

Unfortunately for the Wizards, Morris’ big game wouldn’t be enough, as they just had no answer for Towns this evening.

Points in the paint are a problem

The Wolves scored 64 points in the paint this evening making it the third straight game where a Washington opponent has scored 60+ points in the paint. As mentioned, Towns was a force down low but tonight it was more mental lapses to go along with letting guards get into the lane too easily.

Washington committed 11 turnovers, which only resulted in 15 points, but you guessed it – many were of the live-ball variety resulting in easy baskets at the rim for Minnesota.

Tip Ins

  • Ian Mahinmi had a very good game tonight with 10 points and nine rebounds (four OREBs)
  • Tomas Satoransky was on triple-double alert with 15 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists, including this behind the back to pass to Porter for a dunk

Up Next: No time to rest as the Wizards head to Boston to take on the Celtics tomorrow night.

Wizards at Heat: Washington gets run off the court by Miami, 129-102

Ouch, that one hurts.

After blowing out the New Orleans Pelicans just 24 hours ago, the Wizards get a taste of their own medicine tonight as they’re run off the floor by the Heat, 129-102.

The Heat scored the first basket and never relinquished the lead as they held the lead for the entire game and tied the season series with Washington at two games apiece.

James Johnson led the way for Miami with 20 points, and Wayne Ellington added 17 off of the Miami bench as eight Miami players scored in double figures tonight.

Jodie Meeks led the Wizards with 23 and Bradley Beal chipped with 14 but it didn’t matter, as Washington never had a chance in this one.

Points in the paint doom Washington

James Johnson sprinted right by Markieff Morris for an easy dunk for the first basket of the game and was a preview of what Washington’s defense would look like tonight. The Wizards were awful defensively tonight, especially in the painted area.

The Wizards gave up an unfathomable 76 points in the paint this evening in a terrible defensive effort. But it wasn’t just the big guys for Miami who were punishing the Wizards. No, the Heat guards had no resistance when penetrating the lane against a Washington team that looked stuck in the mud the entire night.

With the Washington bigs in the first half, Brooks opted to go with a small ball lineup for most of the third quarter to try and combat Miami’s speed and easy penetration into the painted area but that didn’t work either.

This is starting to become a bad habit and something to look out for as the Pelicans were able to score 60 points in the paint just the night before.

Turnovers are still a big problem

Bradley Beal, who’s been more of a facilitator since John Wall has been out, led the team with three turnovers but two of which were of the ‘turnovers to touchdowns’ variety. Beal has a tendency to make lackadaisical passes and more often than not, they lead to easy baskets on the other end like they did tonight.

Unfortunately for the Wizards, many of their turnovers are of the live-ball variety evidenced tonight as Miami scored 18 points off 15 Washington turnovers. This wasn’t the sole reason they lost (defense was), but coughing the ball up 15 times sure didn’t help.

Tip Ins

  • Just move on to the next one.

Up Next: Washington takes on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

Wizards vs. Heat final score: Washington escapes with 117-113 win over Miami

Bradley Beal scored 30 points on 12-of-16 shooting and Tomas Satoransky had a bounce-back game with 19 points and seven assists as the Wizards escaped with a 117-113 overtime victory against the Heat on Tuesday night.

Washington raced out to a 27-9 lead and looked like they might bury a tired Miami team playing on the second half of a back-to-back, but it wouldn’t be as simple for the rest of the game. The Heat’s bench, led by Dwayne Wade, tied the game back up at 39-39 early in the second quarter and it was a tight affair the rest of the way.

Bradley Beal, who’s shouldered the load since Wall has been out, scored the Wizards’ last seven points in regulation, but also had two costly turnovers in the final four minutes and missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have won the game.

Washington took a four-point lead with 22 seconds left in overtime, but nearly gave it away with some sloppy execution on both ends. First, Kelly Oubre fouled Dwyane Wade on a 3-point attempt which allowed the Heat to cut it to a one-point game. Then, after the refs missed a five-second call on the Wizards’ inbound pass, Satoransky split a pair of free throws to put the Wizards up 2 with 10 seconds left. Dwayne Wade posted on up Satoransky and got a clean look in the paint, but was unable to bury the floater in the lane to tie the game.

It wasn’t pretty, but Washington snuck out with just their second overtime win of the season and snapped their three-game losing streak.


Late game execution (on both ends) remains a huge problem

Washington was inept on both ends of the floor down the stretch in both the fourth quarter and overtime periods.

Markieff Morris and Tomas Satoransky both missed free throws in the final minute of play in regulation which kept Miami’s hopes alive. Then, with the game tied at 105 and just seconds to play, Bradley Beal pounded the ball into the floor and settled for a step-back jumper at the buzzer that fell way short.

Washington also made some defensive blunders that complicated things late in regulation. With under a 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Markieff Morris tried to close hard on Dwyane Wade at the 3-point line, which let Wade build up a full head of steam and power through Beal to get the and-one opportunity at the rim that tied the game.

Washington’s execution on both ends of the floor down the stretch in the fourth quarter and overtime periods was substandard and they’re lucky to sneak away with the victory.

The Minute(s) Man with another All-Star performance

It was looking like Bradley Beal might get an easy night, but Washington’s late struggles led to Beal playing over 40 minutes for the second game in a row.

He was outstanding in this game, scoring a game-high 30 points on 12-of-16 shooting to go along with seven assists. He was on fire from everywhere, especially from three-point range where he connected on his first five attempts from deep and ended the night 6-of-7 from distance.

Markieff Morris keeps humming along

Morris, the unsung hero of the Wizards’ success during this stretch without John Wall had another nice game tonight with 16 points (10 in the first half) and 13 rebounds.

But more importantly, Keef was very active this evening on the defensive glass as he was grabbing all loose balls in sight and jumping to tip balls away from Miami players when he wasn’t in position to grab the rebound.

He was also outstanding when moving without the basketball tonight. On a run near the end of the second quarter where the Wizards were looking to build out their lead again, Morris found Beal who gave the ball right back to Morris on a picture-perfect give-and-go for an easy dunk.

Morris’ midrange jumper was falling tonight as well and he was getting wide-open looks making it that much easier for him to connect. Whether it’s Morris and Sato, Morris and Beal, or really, any of the Washington guards; Morris’ bread and butter over the past few weeks has been slipping the screen for a jumper or rolling hard to the baseline on a pick-and-roll resulting in wide open jumpers in the midrange.

No shot was bigger tonight than when Beal found Morris in the corner for three with just 1:06 to play and he buried it to put the Wizards up by four.

Game Notes

  • Ramon Sessions got some run tonight in his second go-round with the Wizards and made the most of it with six points including going 4-4 from the charity stripe. At the same time, he was a -17 in under 13 minutes against Miami’s deep bench.
  • Otto Porter (12 points) left the game midway through the fourth quarter after colliding with Dwayne Wade for a loose ball, bruising his hip. He’s listed as day-to-day.

Next up: The Wizards hit the road to face Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans at 8 p.m. on Friday.

Pacers at Wizards Recap: Wizards can’t overcome 17 point deficit, fall to Indiana 98-95

Bradley Beal had a chance to tie the game with just seconds remaining. After catching the inbounds pass, Beal sidestepped Myles Turner for a wide-open three-pointer but it fell short as the Wizards fall to the Pacers, 98-95.

Victor Oladipo, the former DeMatha product scored a game-high 33 points for the Indiana Pacers who jump into the 4-seed with the win this evening.

Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 22 points (8-27 shooting) and Otto Porter added 17 (6-12 shooting) but it wouldn’t be enough, as the Wizards can’t complete the comeback to overcome a 17-point deficit.

Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers

Washington’s bad habit of turning the ball over continued tonight as the Wizards coughed the ball up 14 times with 10 of those coming before halftime. Late in the fourth quarter with a chance to tie the game, Bradley Beal threw the ball out of bounds trying to get it to Mahinmi down low. Next time down the court, Beal had another careless pass as he tried to find Meeks but Oladipo intercepted it for an easy dunk on the other end.

Like we’ve seen over the past few games, the Pacers made the Wizards pay for their turnovers. 14 Washington turnovers led to 20 Indiana points including two easy layups late in the game as the Wizards were mounting their comeback.

No love for Otto Porter down the stretch

Otto Porter started the game just 1-7 from the field. But since the slow start, he kicked things into high gear connecting on his next five field goal attempts. But that’s where the buck stopped as Otto only had one field goal attempt (made it) in the fourth quarter this evening.

Down the stretch, Beal was the primary ball handler and he and Mahinmi would run the pick-and-roll to trigger the offensive sets. But, Beal was also forced to play 43 minutes tonight and was gassed down the stretch. As a result, his shots were coming up short and two of his five turnovers came off of lackadaisical passes.

Porter, on the other hand, had no plays run for him down the stretch and is actually in the midst of a hot shooting streak. It’s really hard to win basketball games when the ball stops moving and the second best player on your team only gets one shot in the fourth quarter.

About those rotations

Scott Brooks was already short-handed tonight with Kelly Oubre out but his rotations in the fourth quarter made no sense. Brooks went with the no point guard lineup starting at the 9-minute mark of the fourth quarter and never put Satoransky back in.

Bradley Beal was the primary ball handler but look gassed for much of the fourth quarter as he was forced to play 43 minutes tonight.

Not only did Beal not get a break, but Tomas Satoransky, Markieff Morris, and Marcin Gortat never came entered the game in the fourth quarter as Brooks opted to go with Meeks, Mike Scott, and Ian Mahinmi down the stretch.

Tip Ins

  • Bradley Beal had the first double-double of his career (of this assist variety) as he dished out 11 assists to go along with 22 points

  • Ian Mahinmi continues to play well as he scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds against his former team

Next up: Miami comes to town Tuesday night for the third matchup against their divisional foe.

Raptors at Wizards final score: Washington can’t match up with Toronto’s depth, loses 102-95.

DeMar DeRozan hits two clutch baskets late behind a team-high 23 points as the Raptors beat the Wizards Friday night 102-95. C.J. Miles added 20 points off the bench on 7-10 shooting including going 6-9 from three-point range as the Raptors even the season series with the Wizards at two games apiece.

Otto Porter led the Wizards with 24 points (9-12 shooting) and Bradley Beal added 23 points for the Washington starters who had to carry the load as they got next to no production from the reserves this evening.

The Wizards came out of the gate on fire connecting on 6-9 shots and building an early 18-4 lead in the first quarter. Things shifted in the second quarter as both teams went to their respective bench units. Toronto, who can go up to 12 deep, roared back in this game as their reserves nearly outscored the entire Wizards team in the second quarter (18 vs. 20) as the Raptors took a 51-47 lead into halftime.

Washington was able to regain the lead in the fourth quarter and led by as many as four, 84-80 late in the game. But clutch three-pointers from C.J. Miles and tough jumpers from DeMar DeRozan would be too much for Washington to overcome, as they’d drop this one, 102-95.

Turnovers are becoming a problem

The Wizards who’ve committed at least 16 turnovers per game over their last three did nothing to bring that number down as they coughed the rock up 18 times tonight. Too many careless passes, lazy crosscourt passes, and getting stuck in the air trying to make a play doomed the Wizards tonight.

Toronto was able to capitalize on the Wizards mistakes turning those 18 turnovers into 27 Raptor points. Tomas Satoransky, who’s usually been very careful with the ball, had an uncharacteristic six turnovers this evening with five of them coming in the first half. Teams have tape on Sato and he no longer takes the opponent by surprise and you could see that from the Raptors all night.

The Raptors picked up Sato right as he crossed the half court line and since he doesn’t have the speed of John Wall, is forced to turn his back on the play in order to shield the ball. As a result, Sato was forced into making some careless cross-court passes which led to transition opportunities on the other end for the Raptors.

The difference in bench units

The Raptors, who have a rotation that goes up to 12-deep, showed off their litany of weapons starting in the second quarter. The Raptors bench nearly outscored the entire Wizards squad (18 to 20) as the Raptors erased the Wizards lead on the heels of the play from their bench.

C.J. Miles was the wildcard tonight for the Raptors as he connected on 6-9 three-point attempts scoring 20 points in just 20 minutes of play. Miles knocked down three three-pointers down the stretch in the fourth quarter including one as he was fading out of bounds to end the Wizards hope of victory.

On the flip side, Washington got just 15 points from their reserves tonight led by Ian Mahinmi with 6. Kelly Oubre struggled from the field scoring just five points on 2-8 shooting and the All-Star Break was the worst thing to happen for Mike Scott as he hasn’t found his rhythm since and scored just two points on 1-4 shooting tonight.

Because the bench provided little production, Scott Brooks was forced to play Bradley Beal and Otto Porter nearly 40 minutes tonight whereas just two players (Lowry and DeRozan) even eclipsed the 30-minute mark for the Raptors.

With Mike Scott coming back to earth, if the Wizards don’t get production from Oubre, more often than not, it leads to a rough night in bench production for Washington.

Tip Ins

  • Markieff Morris continues to play well as he scored 15 points to go along with five rebounds
  • Otto Porter was outstanding tonight scoring 24 points (12 in the third quarter) on 9-12 shooting

Up Next: Washington concludes hell week as the Indiana Pacers come to town on Sunday evening trailing the Wizards by just .5 games