The Wizards added another embarrassing loss to their collection this season as they fell to the Hornets 133-109 on Wednesday night.
Bradley Beal was one of the few bright spots for the Wizards as he scored 26 points (20 in the first half), but also coughed the ball up five times. Mike Scott and Kelly Oubre also played well, scoring 18 and 16 points respectively as they played heavy minutes while Markieff Morris was mired in foul trouble most of the night.
To put it nicely, this was a less than ideal way to start a five-game road trip.
An ugly first half defensively sets the tone for the rest of the game
What if I told you the Wizards would shoot 54 percent from the field, 8-of-10 from three-point range, John Wall would have eight assists, and Bradley Beal would score 20 points all in one half? There’s no way Washington could be losing, right?
Well not only were they losing at halftime, but they borderline getting blown out as the Hornets knocked down 65 percent of their field goals and scorched the nets for a franchise-record 77 points in the first half as they led by 16 at halftime.
Scott Brooks has said it many times that with this team, it all comes down to getting stops defensively. The Wizards did not get the message early on as the Hornets connected on their first 10 field goal attempts and put Washington in an early hole.
A lot has to go right to drop 77 points in a half, but luckily for the Hornets, they were up against a Wizards team who gave up too many easy points in the paint and behind the arc to keep things competitive.
Washington wastes an outstanding three-point shooting night
It’s a shame the Wizards got run off the court because they had one of their best nights shooting the long ball. The Wizards ended the night 13-of-23 from three-point range, and that was after it was skewed by some poor shooting in garbage time. They were 11-of-18 late in the third quarter when Brooks yanked the starters and waved the white flag.
Bradley Beal was stroking it from distance, as he knocked down his first four three-pointers of the game, all from the left wing. John Wall started the second half 2-of-2 from three-point range, his only two of the game while Mike Scott and Kelly Oubre combined to go 4-of-5 (before garbage time) while the game was still in reach.
- Charlotte scored 77 first-half points, a franchise record.
- Michael Jordan was not sitting courtside to watch this debacle.
- Michael Carter-Williams and Jason Smith got tangled up in garbage time of the fourth quarter. Michael Carter-Williams and Tim Frazier were ejected for their extracurricular activities.
After the ejections, the Wizards chose Dwight Howard to shoot the free throws for Charlotte. As you’d probably expect, Howard (who is shooting 52 percent from the line this season) made both.
Next up: The Wizards are off to Detroit to face the Pistons on Friday at 8 p.m. ET.