Otto Porter scored 32 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help Washington storm back and beat the Bucks 107-102. John Wall scored 18 points (16 in the second half) and added 16 assists to help the Wizards avoid their second-straight loss to the Bucks.
Wall and Bradley Beal struggled early in the scoring department but got their teammates involved, most notably Porter, who scored the first six points of the game. Wall only scored two points in the first half but had eight assists. Beal struggled as well from the floor but had four assists in the half as the Wizards found themselves down, 57-53 at halftime.
The third quarter was a back and forth affair as the teams traded turnovers and baskets on each end. After switching shoes at halftime, Wall scored nine points in the period as the Wizards cut the lead to two, 84-82 entering the fourth.
The Bucks used an 8-0 run with easy baskets from close in from Michael Beasley and Greg Monroe to stretch the Bucks’ lead out to 10, 96-86 early in the fourth quarter, but the Wizards would fight back. Porter and Beal hit back-to-back threes to spur an 18-4 run that was capped by Porter hitting a decisive three with 49 seconds left that put the Wizards up by 4 and helped them hold on for the win.
It wasn’t pretty, but the Wizards clamped down and came away with the W.
Otto Porter steps up
Porter scored the first six points of the game for the Wizards en route to 32 for the evening (18 in the first half). Although the three-ball wasn’t falling early on, vintage Otto was able to slash through the lane for some easy dunks and layups and also had the mid-range game going. Once again, on a night where Beal and Wall struggled, it was key that Otto carried a bulk of the scoring load. If not for Porter, this one could have gotten ugly in the first half.
Otto would hit four three-pointers in the second half to help the Wizards complete the comeback.
Must be the shoes
John Wall had eight assists in the first half but scored just two points. He switched shoes at halftime and that gave him the jolt he needed. Wall had 16 points and another eight assists after halftime, as he was an integral part of this Wizards comeback. The 16 assists were a season-high for Wall.
The Wizards share the ball
John Wall and Bradley Beal struggled to score early on but had no issues getting their teammates involved. The ball wasn’t sticking to anyone as the Wizards assisted on their first 16 baskets. Even though the backcourt had just eight first-half points, they had 12 assists through the first two quarters, which allowed Porter, Markieff Morris, and Marcin Gortat to get into a much-needed early rhythm.