All five starters score in double-figures as the Wizards complete the 21-point comeback and beat the Blazers, 125-124 in overtime. John Wall led the way for Washington with 39 points and nine assists followed by Bradley Beal with 26 but it was Markieff Morris who stole the show with the go-ahead basket in overtime with .4 seconds remaining. Washington has a chance to go for the west coast road trip sweep on Monday with a game in Minnesota.
Washington started this one hot connecting on their first five field goals. But the Blazers were just as hot at both teams shot over 60 percent in and up and down quarter as Portland led, 36-30 after one.
CJ McCollum caught fire for the Blazers in the second quarter as he scored the first 12 points of the period for Portland to stretch their lead to 17, 50-33, midway through the quarter. Next up, it was Wall’s turn to go on a personal run to get the Wizards back in this one. Wall got in full on attack mode resulting in layups and trips to the free-throw line for his 7-0 run to get the Wizards back within striking distance.
Unfortunately for the Wizards, the Blazers got hot from three-point range and utilized a 9-0 run as they led by 21, 70-49 at halftime.
On the second half of a back-to-back after an overtime game the night before, it would have been easy for the Wizards to pack this one in down 21. But instead, they continued to fight back. Five quick points from Bradley Beal forced the Blazers to call an early timeout. Beal continued his hot scoring dropping 13 points in the first 3:25 of the third quarter as the Wizards were able to get within striking distance.
Bradley Beal scored 17 points in the period as the Wizards trailed by nine, 91-82 entering the fourth quarter.
Bojan Bogdanovic provided a spark for the Wizards with some close in shots and Morris was able to cut the lead to one as he drove, got fouled by Nurkic for the and-1. But once again the Blazers had an answer with a 7-0 with what looked like a tired Wizards squad. Again, the Wizards kept fighting with a 15-0 run highlighted by two Bradley Beal three-pointers as the Wizards took an 112-106 lead and looked like they’d close this one out. But Lillard came alive with some tough shots down the stretch and again, we’d be heading to overtime for the second straight night.
Lillard continued his hot scoring as he notched nine points in the overtime period. But the Wizards continued to answer. After Bradley Beal got fouled on a three-pointer, he’d sink two of them to bring the Wizards to within one with just under a minute to play. John Wall came up with a block on the other end and the Wizards would have one more chance to win this game.
After the timeout, Brooks called a play to get Beal streaking to the hole. The defense collapsed on Beal and he kicked it to Markieff Morris for a baseline jumper to take the lead 125-124, with .4 seconds remaining.
The Wizards pull off another improbable comeback, win 125-124.
The starters look like themselves again
Since the games again Golden State and at Toronto, the Wizards haven’t had a great game from all five starters until tonight. As mentioned, all five starters scored in double-figures while Morris, Porter, and Gortat all had double-doubles with 11, 10, and 15 rebounds respectively. Most impressively, all five Wizards starters shot at least 50 percent from the field and were 50 percent from three-point range (10-20).
The Wizards don’t get a whole lot from the bench
It looked like the bench was turning the corner but tonight was a sobering reality that we may have to pump the breaks. The bench combined for 14 points with Bogdanovic scoring 11 of them. Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith played OK in their limited time while Kelly Oubre continues to struggle as the second-year player failed to score tonight.