The new “Big-3” of Wall, Beal, and Porter combine for 74 points as the Wizards hang on to beat the Nets in overtime, 114-110. Marcin Gortat notched another double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds while Jason Smith was a spark off the bench with 15 points as the Wizards are again, 10 games over .500 at 31-21.
In what was thought to be a potential letdown game after the disastrous loss against the Cavs, the Wizards came out hungry and took an early 10 point lead. Bradley Beal scored 14 points in the period while Wall added seven assists as the Wizards led 31-22 after one.
The Wizards were able to stretch the lead to 13 at one point during the second quarter but the Nets would counter with a 9-0 run. Washington was able to regain control late in the period as they led 59-49 at halftime on 55 percent shooting.
The dead legs kicked in in the second half for the Wizards. Washington missed five of their first six shots to start the half and went 5-17 to start the quarter as the Nets were able to trim the lead to two.
Whenever it looked like Washington would pull away, Brooklyn had an answer. Former Wizard, Trevor Booker, was a monster on the offensive end with several athletic finishes around Wizard defenders. The hangover from the game before kicked in as the Wizards started throwing errant passes and kept missing open field goals. This game would be tied up at 100 at the end of regulation as we’d head to overtime.
In the overtime period, the Wizards relinquished their lead. However, three key offensive rebounds and putbacks from Porter helped Washington take the lead while their free throw shooting secured the victory.
It wasn’t pretty, but Washington survives a potential letdown game, 114-110.
After the game against Cleveland just two days ago, one would wonder how much tenacity Washington would have going up against the worst team in the NBA. To start the game, the Wizards looked focused and energized. However, as the game went on, the Wizards started missing open shots that they usually make and began committing silly turnovers. It didn’t bite the Wizards this time but against a better team, they would have lost.
Can’t blame ’em though, cause a win is a win.
Ian Mahinmi returns
Mahinmi returned for the Wizards for the first time since December and played how you think a guy recovering from a knee surgery would play. He was active on the defensive end but was a step slow on defense evidenced by his three fouls in 12 minutes. Mahinmi shows promise as he’s another 7-footer that can come in and protect the rim. He still has a long ways to go offensively however, he did grab five rebounds in his limited action.