Unlike Monday night, Washington can’t dig themselves out of a 20-point hole against New Orleans and they fall to the Pelicans, 125-104. The Wizards were led by Kelly Oubre and Markieff Morris who each scored 22 points tonight but it wouldn’t be nearly enough to overcome Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, and Julius Randle who would combine for 80 this evening.
As we’ve become accustomed to at this point, the Wizards came out sluggish in this one and the Pelicans, mainly Jrue Holiday, capitalized on Washington’s lethargy for 11 points just minutes into the game resulting in a quick 18-10 lead for New Orleans. The Wizards snapped out of it (well, sort of) towards the end of the quarter as the reserves closed the period on a 9-2 run trimming the Pelicans’ lead to 7, 31-24 after one quarter.
The Wizards did that thing again where they’d go on a run and lure you back into this one as they’d cut the lead to 5, 41-36. But New Orleans countered with a 9-0 run of their own and would blow this one open, 67-47 as we’d be heading into the intermission.
Once again, the Wizards made their inevitable second-half run and clawed within seven in the third period, but New Orleans would counter with a run of their own putting all hope of a comeback to rest.
Washington falls 125-104 in their latest blowout loss.
Oubre shines in his homecoming
Kelly Oubre, a New Orleans native came out as one would expect in this one – in full on attack mode.
It was clear that Oubre wanted to put on a show for his friends and family in the crowd and he was a big reason why the Wizards were within striking distance early on as he scored 12 of Washington’s first 24 points.
Oubre, as we’ve become all too familiar with; put his head down and attacked the hole but this time, his contested shots were falling. Oubre also turned in one of his best three-point shooting nights as he was 4-8 from distance with three of those makes coming in the first half.
Oubre ended the night with 22 points on 9-18 shooting to go along with six rebounds, two steals and not a single turnover. If only the Wizards could get this Kelly Oubre on a nightly basis.
Revenge game for Tim Frazier
We all know about the #wizardskiller fraternity and after Wednesday night, we might have to start thinking of forming a #formerwizardskiller group. Tim Frazier of the Pelicans was outstanding against his former squad as he notched 12 points, 12 assists, and grabbed six rebounds (did he do this in his entire tenure in Washington?).
Frazier got the start tonight and benefitted from Washington’s Swiss cheese defense as he was able to get to the hole for some easy baskets with no resistance. In the second period, Frazier then hit two timely three-pointers to answer when Washington went on a run to trim the lead to five.
Frazier was outstanding tonight and his performance is just one game but also a huge reflection on another Wizards mishap. If you remember, Frazier was supposed to be a backup to John Wall but was forced into the starting lineup with Wall’s injury last year. Later in the season, Washington picked up Ramon Sessions and Frazier found himself completely out of the rotation. So, Frazier never really had an opportunity to do what he was brought in to do, backup John Wall.
That’s all moot as this point as now, Frazier is putting up double-doubles against his former squad.