Wizards a no-show on MLK Day, lose 108-98.

 

The Wizards shoot 43 percent from three-point range and 48 percent overall but still get blown out 108-98 by the Blazers. Don’t let the final score fool you; this was not a 10-point game.

Marcin Gortat notched another double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds to go along with 18 points from the Wizards’ high scorer, Garrett Temple. For the first time in a while, John Wall did not have a good game as he scored just nine points on 4-17 shooting.

The extremely underrated backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum combined for 41 points including a game high 25 from McCollum. The Wizards’ porous three-point defense reared it’s ugly head again as the Blazers shot 17-31 (55 percent) from three-point range.

The Wizards must have thought this game started at 7 P.M. because they sure weren’t ready for the 2 P.M. tip. The Blazers shot 59 percent from the field including 6-9 from three-point range as they’d take an early 32-17 lead after one.

The Wizards fought back strong. The Wiz dropped 40 in the second quarter on an unheard of 17-21 shooting from the field to claw back in this one and trail by just two 59-57 at halftime.

Garrett Temple hit a three pointer to open the third quarter as the Wizards took a 60-59 lead. That’s when the wheels fell off. The Blazers countered that with a 22-1 run to take a 79-61 lead. All momentum that the Wizards had was officially gone.

The Blazers had another blazing hot quarter (see what I did there) from behind the arc where they hit 8-10 of their three-pointers. Wittman would keep the starters in for most of garbage time but the team had dug itself too big of a hole.

The Wizards fall 108-98 and start their 5-game home stand with two straight losses.

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