After turning in their most embarrassing loss of the season, the Washington Wizards managed to bounce back Friday night against the Houston Rockets with a 121-103 blowout victory.
Otto Porter led the team in scoring with 26 points while tying a career-high with seven three-pointers. Bradley Beal added 21 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. also chipped in with 21 as the Wizards win their 20th game of the season.
Washington enjoyed an 11-point lead at halftime, 59-48 but the Rockets were able to trim that down to six midway through the third quarter. But that’s when Porter and Oubre stepped up for the Wizards knocking down three-pointer after three-pointer as the Wizards would blow the Rockets out tonight.
Otto Porter carries the torch tonight
Otto got going early on and you could tell he would be in for one of those nights. The fifth-year player connected four of his first six shots for 11 first-quarter points to give the Wizards the early lead.
After being stuck on 14 for most of the third quarter, a Ian Mahinmi offensive rebound found its way to Porter who knocked down an open three to stretch the lead to double-digits. Porter knocked down back-to-back three-pointers late in the fourth quarter as the Wizards stretched the lead out to 20, 105-85, and never looked back.
When Otto Porter plays like this, the Wizards are a very hard team to beat.
Washington turns in one of its best defensive performances
Unlike against lesser foes, the Wizards were locked in on defense in this one. The Wizards held the Rockets to just 43 percent shooting and just 14-48 (29 percent) from three-point range. Early on, Markieff Morris, Marcin Gortat, and even Ian Mahinmi would get switched onto James Harden and Chris Paul but they more than held their own in forcing the Rockets into tough shots on the perimeter.
Additionally, the Wizards were very opportunistic on the defensive end turning 14 Houston turnovers into 19 points; a few of the ‘pick-six’ variety. It’s pretty simple. When the Wizards are engaged on the defensive end, they’re a very hard team to beat.
Washington was locked in from the get-go
Unlike against the Hawks the other night, Washington took this game seriously. The Wizards were locked in defensively, careful with the ball (for the most part), and just looked like a team who was out to prove something.
As a result, they knocked off the second best team in the Western Conference. It’s games like these that give you a glimpse into what Washington’s ceiling is as a team. Unfortunately, we also know what the basement looks like.
- We’ve seen Tomas Satoransky throw down in the layup lines but tonight, he threw down a nasty dunk when it mattered.
- The showtime Wizards were out tonight
Up Next: The Wizards take on the resurgent Chicago Bulls on Sunday as they try to kick the habit of losing to teams below .500.