John Wall scores 23 points and Bradley Beal adds 22 but the Wizards comeback attempt falls short as they lose to the Jazz, 102-92. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 15 points in his first home game at Verizon Center while Ian Mahinmi also had his best game as a Wizard with seven points.
You could feel the Wizards post All-Star break funk continue as they struggled to score early. Washington shot just 2-10 to start this one and found themselves in an early hole. The Wizards countered with a 9-0 run as the game was tied up at 24 after one.
Utah came into the game with the league’s best defense and you could see why. They held the Wizards scoreless through the first four minutes of the second quarter but were only able to stretch the lead out to eight. John Wall re-entered the game and in a forty-second span, put his fingerprint on the game. A nifty drive to the hole followed by an alley-oop got the Wizards fans on their feet.
Aside from that, there wasn’t much to like from Washington in the second quarter as they were outscored 25-15 in the period and trailed 49-39 at halftime.
Things fell apart for the Wizards in the third quarter as they got killed on the offensive glass. Many times, Utah missed a shot but second chance points hurt the Wizards as they found themselves down by as many as 24, 70-46 in the third quarter.
Washington showed some life as Bogdanovic hit a 3 as time expired and the Wizards were within striking distance but down 73-60 entering the fourth quarter.
The Wizards kept chipping away and were able to get the lead down to as little as eight. Unfortunately, Gordon Hayward always had an answer. The All-Star ended the night with a game-high 30 points including two clutch jumpers as the Wizards were mounting their comeback.
At the end of the day, it was too little too late. Wizards fall 102-92.
Post All-Star Break hangover continues
This wasn’t a clunker of a game but there were stretches where the Wizards were just unengaged. There was a lot of complaining tonight as Washington felt they weren’t getting calls. Whether true or not, the refs got in the Wizards’ heads as Wall picked up a technical in the first half and Markieff Morris was ejected after he fouled out. The Wizards better get out of this funk and quickly as Golden State comes to town on Tuesday.
Wizards get crushed on the glass
The Wizards were outrebounded 52-27 behind 20 rebounds from Rudy Gobert. Utah also had 11 offensive rebounds resulting in second chance points for the Jazz. It’s tough to win games when you nearly get doubled up in the rebounding category.
Bogdanovic shows what he’s capable of
The newest Wizard scored 15 points in 33 minutes of play tonight on 5-10 shooting including three three-pointers. We got a taste of what Bogdanovic can do. He’s not great at creating his own shot but is at his best when he catches and shoots. If he continues to play like this, expect to see more of Bogdanovic and less of Kelly Oubre.