Wizards vs. Hornets final score: Washington run off the floor in 133-109 loss to Charlotte

The Wizards added another embarrassing loss to their collection this season as they fell to the Hornets 133-109 on Wednesday night.

Seven Charlotte players scored in double-figures led by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with 21 points as the Hornets came out on fire to put the Wizards away early in this one.

Bradley Beal was one of the few bright spots for the Wizards as he scored 26 points (20 in the first half), but also coughed the ball up five times. Mike Scott and Kelly Oubre also played well, scoring 18 and 16 points respectively as they played heavy minutes while Markieff Morris was mired in foul trouble most of the night.

To put it nicely, this was a less than ideal way to start a five-game road trip.

Takeaways

An ugly first half defensively sets the tone for the rest of the game

What if I told you the Wizards would shoot 54 percent from the field, 8-of-10 from three-point range, John Wall would have eight assists, and Bradley Beal would score 20 points all in one half? There’s no way Washington could be losing, right?

Well not only were they losing at halftime, but they borderline getting blown out as the Hornets knocked down 65 percent of their field goals and scorched the nets for a franchise-record 77 points in the first half as they led by 16 at halftime.

Scott Brooks has said it many times that with this team, it all comes down to getting stops defensively. The Wizards did not get the message early on as the Hornets connected on their first 10 field goal attempts and put Washington in an early hole.

A lot has to go right to drop 77 points in a half, but luckily for the Hornets, they were up against a Wizards team who gave up too many easy points in the paint and behind the arc to keep things competitive.

Washington wastes an outstanding three-point shooting night

It’s a shame the Wizards got run off the court because they had one of their best nights shooting the long ball. The Wizards ended the night 13-of-23 from three-point range, and that was after it was skewed by some poor shooting in garbage time. They were 11-of-18 late in the third quarter when Brooks yanked the starters and waved the white flag.

Bradley Beal was stroking it from distance, as he knocked down his first four three-pointers of the game, all from the left wing. John Wall started the second half 2-of-2 from three-point range, his only two of the game while Mike Scott and Kelly Oubre combined to go 4-of-5 (before garbage time) while the game was still in reach.

Game Notes

  • Charlotte scored 77 first-half points, a franchise record.
  • Michael Jordan was not sitting courtside to watch this debacle.
  • Michael Carter-Williams and Jason Smith got tangled up in garbage time of the fourth quarter. Michael Carter-Williams and Tim Frazier were ejected for their extracurricular activities.

After the ejections, the Wizards chose Dwight Howard to shoot the free throws for Charlotte. As you’d probably expect, Howard (who is shooting 52 percent from the line this season) made both.

Next up: The Wizards are off to Detroit to face the Pistons on Friday at 8 p.m. ET.

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Bucks at Wizards: Bucks pull away late in the fourth quarter, drop Wizards 104-95

Washington’s offense falls apart late as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Wizards in Washington for the second time in nine days, 104-95. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks in scoring with 27 points and a career-high 19 rebounds as the Bucks snap their two-game losing skid.

John Wall led the Wizards in scoring with 27 points (16 in the first quarter) while Bradley Beal and Kelly Oubre Jr. both added 19 but aside of that trio, no other Wizards player scored more than eight points.

The lead seesawed back and forth for the majority of the game evidenced by 15 ties and 13 leads changes. Washington went cold down the stretch making just one of six free throw attempts and one field goal in the final five minutes of the game.

The Wizards two-game winning streak has been snapped and now faces their longest road trip of the year as their next five games will be played away from Capital One Arena.

Too many turnovers

After committing 23 turnovers the other night against a depleted Utah team, the Wizards tied their season-high again in turnovers with 23 this afternoon. Bradley Beal was terrible handling the ball tonight as he had seven turnovers of his own. Too often, Beal got caught with the ball in the air or made a lazy cross-court pass that inevitably got picked off.

The Bucks were opportunistic with the Wizards turnovers turning them into 25 points on the other end. The Bucks had many live ball steals of the pick-six variety that led to easy layups or dunks on the other end. With the Wizards trying to make one last push, Markieff Morris threw the ball away to Khris Middleton on a lazy cross-court pass which led to a layup that untimely killed the Wizards comeback chances.

Washington gets no scoring help outside of Wall, Beal, and Oubre

Wall, Beal, and Oubre were the only three Wizards players to crack double-figures in scoring this afternoon. Otto Porter had eight points today but one of those baskets came with the game already out of hand.

Ball movement stopped in the fourth quarter and the Wizards returned to playing hero-ball which rarely bodes well. Beal continued to go ice cold in the fourth quarter as he was 0-4 from the field and John Wall struggled to score after the first quarter unless he was getting to the line.

The only other semi-scoring option that the Wizards had tonight was Satoransky who chipped in with seven off of the bench.

Washington has no answer for Eric Bledsoe

Bledsoe torched the Wizards with 23 points on 8-15 shooting but more impressively, he was able to get whatever shot he wanted at will. When the Wizards went under screens, he’d knock down open jumpers. When Washington tried guarding him one on one, he’d fly right by his defender. Not to mention Washington had no chance of slowing down Bledsoe when he got out in the open floor.

The Bucks thrive in transition but aren’t that great in the half-court when running their offense. As a result, Bledsoe and the Bucks made the Wizards pay and it was the difference today.

Tip Ins

  • Bradley Beal’s streak of 11 straight games with 20+ points is snapped as he scored just 19 today.
  • Wall found Satoransky on two occasions where he reminded us of the hops he has:

  • Mike Scott apparently is human as he was just 2-5 from the field tonight for five points.

Nets at Wizards final score: Washington blows 23-point lead, hangs on to beat Brooklyn in OT, 119-113

John Wall comes up big with two pull up jumpers in overtime as the Wizards hang on to beat the feisty Brooklyn Nets, 119-113. All five Wizards starters plus Kelly Oubre scored in double figures led by Bradley Beal with 24 while John Wall wasn’t far behind with 23 points.

Washington raced out to an early lead and led by as many as 23, 57-34, midway through the second quarter in what looked like might be an easy victory. However, an easy victory for this team would be way too off-brand.

Overtime aside, the Nets outscored the Wizards 68-48 as Washington forgot that they play two halves in the game of basketball.

With just seconds remaining, Spencer Dinwiddie missed a three-pointer however the ball was tipped back to Quincy Acy who knocked down the three-pointer tying the game at 107 as we’d go to overtime.

John Wall took over in the overtime period assisting Gortat for a floater in the lane to get things started and finding Bradley Beal on consecutive possessions for open jumpers as the Wizards took a 114-109 lead.

Wall would later ice the game with two midrange jumpers as Washington hangs on in a nail-biter, 119-113.

Once again, Washington can’t put away from an inferior team

You hold your breath every time the Wizards play a sub .500 team because you’re not quite sure how they’re going to come out to play. However, Brooklyn is a different type of team. Their record wouldn’t indicate it but they have some nice young talent on their squad, make all of the hustle plays, and are never out of a game as they shoot a ton of three-pointers.

The Nets went 6-12 from three-point range in the fourth quarter to erase the deficit and probably would have come up with the win if not for a slow start and a couple of errant plays late in the game.

As mentioned, Washington held a 20-point lead for the majority of the first half but forgot to come out of the locker room tunnel in the second half. Lazy plays on defense, not boxing out, and nine second-half turnovers allowed Brooklyn to fight back in this one.

For the second time in as many nights, they barely beat a team that they were clearly better than. They have obviously not learned their lesson yet that playing down to your level of competition can come back to haunt you.

Marcin Gortat shows out on Polish Heritage Night

Marcin Gortat was terrific tonight scoring 16 points to go along with 13 rebounds on Polish Heritage Night. The Polish Hammer started the night 4-4 from the field and was grabbing every rebound in sight.

In the overtime period, he knocked down his first jumper in the lane and set many terrific screens to get Beal wide open on the wing for good looks.

Gortat’s hot start and consistent play down the stretch was one of the main reasons Washington was able to sneak out with a victory.

The House of Guards takes over in overtime

Wall and Beal combined to score nine of the Wizards 12 overtime points as they pulled away in the extra period. Wall found Beal on the wing who shook free for an open look that he buried. Next time down, Wall found Beal again, this time for three and he buried that too stretching the Wizards lead to five, 114-109.

After two Jarrett Allen free throws, John Wall got to his elbow and knocked down a nice jumper. The next time down, he crossed over, this time knocking down the jumper over Allen Crabbe to ice the game.

It would have been nice if this game never went into overtime, however; Washington’s two biggest stars came up big when it mattered most.

Next Up: Washington hosts Milwaukee on MLK Day Monday afternoon in their final game of this homestand.

Magic at Wizards: Washington outlasts Orlando for 125-119 win behind 30 points from John Wall

The House of Guards combine for 60 points tonight as the Wizards get back in the win column with a win over the Orlando Magic, 125-119. Ian Mahinmi, yes, Ian Mahinmi scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Marcin Gortat logged another double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

After an embarrassing effort just two night ago against the Utah Jazz, the Wizards started this one fast as they shot 67 percent from the field in the first quarter. The problem was, they had no interest in playing any defense as Orlando shot 70 percent from the field in the opening quarter.

Once again, Bradley Beal had it going tonight. Beal ended the night with 30 but scored 23 points in the first half on 10-13 shooting as the Wizards led by just two, 65-63 at the break.

With the lead seesawing back and forth in the fourth quarter, John Wall knocked down two straight jumpers from the elbows to stretch the Wizards lead to six, 119-113. Marcin Gortat set a screen for Beal but slipped it late in the game for the alley-oop and icing on the cake as the Wizards would close this one out.

John Wall takes over in the fourth quarter

Remember those fourth quarter struggles we were talking about with Wall just days ago? Tonight he took over when the Wiz needed him most, in the fourth quarter on both ends of the court.

After hitting two jumpers to stretch the Wizards lead to six, the Magic ran a play for Aaron Gordon in the post with Wall switched onto him. Gordon tried backing Wall down for the easy bucket but Wall met him at the rim, rejecting his shot.

Moments later, the Magic got out in transition and would have cut the Wizards lead to three, however, Wall hustled back down the floor rejecting Jonathan Simmons at the rim.

Ian Mahinmi has his best game in a Wizards uniform

It took more than a calendar year but finally, finally, Ian Mahinmi turned in an outstanding performance on both the offensive and defensive ends for the Wizards. Mahinmi scored 17 points tonight, just two points shy of his career-high 19, and grabbed eight rebounds to go along with three blocks.

Mahinmi stuck to what he does best which is only trying to finish around the rim with either a dunk or a layup and playing stellar defense. Half of Mahinmi’s rebounds, four, came on the offensive end which ended in second-chance opportunities for Washington.

This is the Ian Mahinmi we could get used to.

The Wizards defense was AWFUL tonight

Orlando is a scoring juggernaut but tonight, they dropped 119 points on the Wizards on 51 percent shooting. Bismack Biyombo already had his career-high in the first half with 18 points (21 for the game) as the Wizards provided no resistance at the rim or in the restricted area.

On top of that, Orlando shot a very respectable 41 percent (12-29) from three-point range and there were times when the Wizards defense made Aaron Gordon look like the next coming of Reggie Miller.

They won’t be watching film for defensive strategies in this one, that’s for sure.

Tip Ins

  • John Wall eclipsed the 10,000 point mark making him the fourth player in Wizards franchise history with 10,000 points.
  • Bradley Beal notched his ninth straight 20+ point game of the season this evening.
  • You know its an offensive clinic when the Wizards score 125 points while only knocking down four three-pointers.

Wizards vs. Jazz final score: Washington falls to shorthanded Utah squad 107-104

Just when you thought the Wizards might be turning the corner, they go out and got beat on their home court by a depleted Utah Jazz team 107-104 in their latest #SoWizards loss of the season on Wednesday night.

The Wizards trailed by nine points going into the fourth quarter but were able to claw their way back in this one. They even briefly took a 102-101 lead after back-to-back three-pointers but Utah responded with a Joe Ingles three, and clutch free throws by Joe Johnson.

The Wizards had one last opportunity with 7.6 seconds to play. After struggling to get the ball in, Bradley Beal got caught in the air looking to pass the ball on a desperation three as the Wizards couldn’t get up a final shot.

Takeaways

John Wall almost willed the Wizards to victory

The Wizards made their run in this game once John Wall decided he would play All-NBA caliber defense in the fourth quarter. He single-handedly tried to will the Wizards to victory starting on the defensive end. He held his own when switched onto bigger players in the post, was diving for loose balls, and logged two steals turning them into transition opportunities.

On the flip side, Wall was in constant attack mode on the offensive end as he scored 14 points in the final period. With Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors out, Wall looked to attack the rim and either finish with a layup or kick the ball out for an open shot.

Wall hit a three late in the game to give the Wizards a 102-101 lead, but it wouldn’t be enough to overcome the mishaps earlier in the contest.

Wall and Beal don’t get much scoring help

Beal started the game in attack mode looking to score from close in. He was decisive on his drives and looked to take his man off the dribble whenever he had the mismatch that got him several layups early on.

The offense stalled out early in the second quarter with the all-bench unit it so Scott Brooks inserted Beal, and it made all the difference. Washington stretched the lead out to 10, 43-33 over a period where Beal scored eight straight points for the Wizards ending the half with 16 points.

Wall carried the load in the second half scoring 24 of his 35 points. The issue for Washington was, they didn’t get much help from the other guys. Yes, Otto Porter ended the night with 14 points but nine of those came in the first quarter. Outside of Oubre, the bench was a non-factor that forced Brooks to play the starters very heavy minutes.

Too many turnovers

John Wall turned the ball over on the Wizards opening play of the game, and that was an omen for what would play out the rest of the night.

Washington tied their season-high with 23 turnovers tonight resulting in 27 points for the Jazz. As mentioned Wall was loose with the ball as he had eight of those, many of the live-ball variety and the Jazz made the Wizards pay.

You’re not going to win many games being that loose with the rock.

Game Notes

  • Bradley Beal eclipsed the 20-point mark for the 31st time this season.
  • The loss drops Washington to 23-18 at the halfway mark of this up-and-down season.

Next up: The Wizards continue their homestand on Friday as they host the Orlando Magic at 7 p.m. ET.

Wizards at Grizzlies final score: Wizards avoid late collapse, hang on for 102-100 victory

The Wizards never make things easy on themselves, huh?

Washington fends off a late fourth-quarter surge by the Memphis Grizzlies to hang on for the 102-100 victory. The House of Guards led the way for Washington combining for 59 points (Beal with 34, Wall with 25) and Markieff Morris added 12 points to go along with a season-high 17 rebounds as the Wizards notch their fourth straight victory.

The Wizards led 86-70 late in the third quarter and it looked like it would be easy sailing the rest of the way. But, as we’ve become accustomed to, the Wizards 16-point lead quickly vanished and was cut to one, 98-97 with just 17.9 seconds remaining. Fortunately for the Wizards, they were able to knock down their free throws late and avoid a complete disaster.

Takeaways

The House of Guards were clicking on all cylinders

Both John Wall and Bradley Beal were terrific tonight turning in one of their best games of the season as a duo. As mentioned, the duo combined for 59 points on 17-34 shooting (50 percent) including going 8-15 (53 percent) from three-point range all while chipping in with 14 assists.

John Wall literally could not miss early on as he connected on his first five field goals of the game for 12 quick points. But more importantly, he had his burst back and was constantly looking to push the ball; something we haven’t really seen since he’s returned from injury.

In vintage House of Guards fashion, Wall pushed the ball in transition forcing to the defense to collapse on him only to kick the ball out to a wide-open Beal for three.

There was a sequence in the second quarter where Wall came up with the steal, dished it to a streaking Beal as the two ran a two-on-one ending in an easy dunk for Washington.

This isn’t exactly breaking news but when both of these guys are clicking, the Wizards are a very tough team to beat. How’s that for #analysis?

Markieff Morris turns in one of his best games of the season

Markieff Morris looked like a man on a mission tonight, especially on the defensive end. Morris ended the night with 12 points and 17 rebounds to go along with two blocks.

Morris was engaged from the very beginning and you could tell by his energy on the defensive end. Morris was very active on the glass, fighting for loose balls, and was grabbing everything in sight as he snagged nine rebounds by halftime.

There was a sequence in the third quarter where Morris blocked a Marc Gasol layup then ran down on the other end and finished the alley-oop layup.

It was about this time last year that Morris turned things on for the Wizards that ended up in an extended winning streak. Let’s hope that happens this year too.

Tip Ins

  • Mike Scott continued his tear with 10 points on 4-6 shooting (66 percent) including 2-4 from three-point range.
  • Otto Porter left the game early with a banged up hip.
  • After his best performance of the season, Marcin Gortat came back to earth as he was just 3-12 from the field tonight.

Up Next

No time for rest as the Wizards take on the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday night back in D.C.

Wizards vs. Knicks final score: Washington uses big second half to roll to 121-103 win over New York

With the Wizards leading by just one point at halftime; Bradley Beal said in a halftime interview: “The first team to play defense is going to win tonight.” The Wizards responded by opening the second half on a 19-5 run and never looked back as they coasted to a 121-103 victory over New York on Wednesday night.

The Knicks made a late run and were able to cut the Wizards lead to 10, 113-103 late in the fourth quarter but John Wall ended all hopes of a comeback with a monster left-handed slam in the closing minutes.

Bradley Beal led the Wizards in scoring with 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting and John Wall chipped in with 25 points as the Wizards notched their seventh straight win against the Knicks.

Takeaways

Bradley Beal continues his All-Star campaign

Bradley Beal was just named Eastern Conference Player of the Week and he did nothing tonight to discredit that accolade.

As mentioned, Bradley Beal scored 27 points on 11-14 shooting (79 percent) to go along with six assists as he continued his All-Star campaign. He was torching the nets to start the game connecting on 7-of-8 shots in the first half for 18 points.

The sharpshooter playmaker, Beal, was not only scoring at will but also was able to get others involved. He and Gortat had the pick-and-roll as well as the two-man game going in the first half which resulted in some easy baskets for Gortat.

Midway through the third quarter, John Wall found Beal on the fast break in transition and there would have been a meeting at the summit between him and Kristaps Porzingis but Porzingis opted to go with the #BusinessDecision

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A little love for Marcin Gortat

Gortat has struggled the past few weeks. He’s spoken openly about how he’s upset that his role is diminishing, as he’s not playing down the stretch of games. But tonight, Gortat snapped out of his funk to the tune of 21 points (season-high) on 9-of-10 shooting to go along with 8 rebounds. He connected on his first six shots of the game and for one night, looked like a younger, more spry player.

Washington’s defense in the first half was bad, really bad

The Wizards defense was terrible right from the opening tip. The lack of intensity could be pointed back to the head of the snake, John Wall who wasn’t engaged in the first half, other than to hunt down a chase down block.

The Knicks were scoring at will against the Wizards early on as Enes Kanter and Kristaps Porzingis were bullying their way in the paint while Courtney Lee was knocking down open three-pointers. Too many times, New York got wide open driving lanes or easy layups on backdoor cuts. They shot 58 percent from the field in the first half.

Fortunately for the Wizards, they were able to flip the script in the second half as their defense was much better and the main reason why Washington was able to pull away for a decisive win.

Game Notes

  • Random stat of the night: Both teams shot an identical 25-43 (58 percent) in the first half
  • The Wizards are currently riding a three-game winning streak, tying their longest win streak of the season
  • The Wizards are now 8-3 in the 11 games since Wall’s return from injury

Next up: The Wizards head to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies on ESPN this Friday at 9:30 p.m.