Wizards vs. Warriors final score: Washington falls short against defending champs 109-101

Kevin Durant scored a game-high 32 points and Steph Curry added 25 as the reigning champion Golden State Warriors come into Washington and beat the Wizards, 109-101 on Wednesday night.

Otto Porter led the way for Washington with 29 points, including 18 in the first half. Kelly Oubre added 17 points for a tired, dead-legged, Wizards squad playing on the second half of a back-to-back but it wasn’t enough to avoid the inevitable in this one.

The Wizards looked off to start the game. Shots weren’t falling in the first quarter and guys were making lazy passes leading to easy transition opportunities for Golden State. Washington committed five turnovers in the first quarter which turned into 11 Golden State points as the Wizards found themselves in an early hole.

Washington refused to let it get out of hand. They made several runs to keep the game close, but unfortunately for the Wizards, the Warriors did that thing where they let teams hang around and make them think there’s a chance to take control, only to rip off an 8-0 run in the blink of an eye whenever things got too close for comfort.


The bench provides a second-quarter spark

Everything changed for the Wizards in the second quarter thanks to the reserves. The bench unit ripped off a 10-0 run with hustle plays and ball movement to get the Wizards back in the game before it got out of hand. There was a sequence in the second quarter where Tim Frazier nabbed two offensive rebounds on the same possessions and dished the ball off to Mike Scott for a thunderous jam.

That jolt of energy the reserves provided carried over when the starters returned to the game as Porter, Morris, and Satoransky all knocked down 3-pointers as Washington was able to regain the lead for a brief moment, 53-52.

Washington outscored the Warriors 35-22 in the period giving them a fighter’s chance entering the second half. Not bad, considering Bradley Beal didn’t score until the third quarter of the game.

The scheduling fairies did the Wizards no favors tonight

Not only is Washington in the midst of their toughest stretch of the season, but having to play Golden State on the second half of a back-to-back after playing in Milwaukee the night before? Brutal. As a result, the Wizards came out flat to start the game and looked stuck in the mud for a large portion of the second half as they tried to fight back.

Don’t read too much into this loss. The Wizards just need to move on as they have two more important games against Eastern Conference foes later this week.

Game Notes

  • Bradley Beal was held scoreless in the first half for the first time this season and didn’t score his first basket of the game until the 5:17 mark of the third quarter. He ended the night with just eight points on a brutal 3-15 shooting
  • Everyone snacks – The Wizards combined for 25 assists tonight. Still good, but not 30+ assists like we’ve become so accustomed to in recent weeks.
  • Washington let the long ball fly tonight jacking up 32 three-pointers, but they only connected on 11 of them (34 percent).

Up Next: Hell week continues as the Raptors come to town Friday night in a pivotal Eastern Conference matchup.


Wizards at Bucks Final Score: Washington executes down the stretch, escapes Milwaukee with 107-104 win

Bradley Beal scored 21 points including eight in the fourth quarter as the Wizards hang on for the road victory in Milwaukee, 107-104. Otto Porter added 17 points (all in the first half) and Markieff Morris scored 14 on 6-8 shooting as the Wizards tie the season series with the Bucks 2-2.

Washington came out guns blazing to start this one connecting on 8-9 field goals and building out a double-digit lead, right out of the gate. Everyone ate in the first quarter as the Wizards poured in a season-high 40 first-quarter points on 12 assists and led, 40-22 after one.

The next two quarters were a different story though. Washington played porous defense coupled with their inability to guard Giannis Antetokounmpo (23 points) as the Bucks were able to trim the Wizards lead to one on several occasions.

But it was the Wizards who executed down the stretch and sneak out of Milwaukee with the win, 107-104.

Washington executes down the stretch

After scoring just one basket in the third quarter, Bradley Beal came up biggest when it counted most. Milwaukee cut the Wizards lead to one on multiple occasions but it was Beal knocking down two step back jumpers in back-to-back possessions to extend Washington’s lead.

With just over a minute to play, Beal and Morris ran a pick-and-roll where Beal passed it to Morris who gave it right back to Beal knocking down the three-point shot to extend the Wizards lead to five, 106-101.

Markieff Morris was also clutch down the stretch. With the lead cut to one, 99-98, Scott Brooks ran a terrific ATO play getting Morris a wide-open baseline jumper as Washington kept their lead at three. Next time down, Beal found Morris cutting through the line for the easy dunk and again, extending the Wizards lead.

But most importantly, with the Wizards up 106-104, Markieff Morris played outstanding defense on Antetekounmpo who tried to post him up only to have his shot fall short and Satoransky grab the loose ball.

Wizards turn in their best first quarter of the season

Marcin Gortat missed a lefty hook shot to open the game. That was about the only thing that went wrong for the Wizards in the opening period. After that miss, Washington connected on their next eight field goals as they build a 21-5 lead in the blink of an eye.

Everyone was eating from the get-go as the ball found its way to open shooters or cutters through the lane for transition layups as the Wizards combined for 12 assists in the quarter led by Satoransky with five.

Washington shot 67 percent (16-24) in the quarter led by Bradley Beal with 11 points and Otto Porter with 9 (4-4 shooting) as the Wizards scored 40 in the opening period, their highest scoring output for a first quarter this season. Washington led by as many as 21 in the period.

Brooks’ rotations almost doom the Wizards

Scott Brooks’ rotations tonight were very questionable. Look no further than the start of the fourth quarter where Brooks opted to go with an all-bench lineup after they let Milwaukee climb back in this game. And to make matters worse, he chose to go with his infamous no point guard lineup for much of the fourth quarter and didn’t reinsert Satoransky until there were under four minutes of game time remaining.

Fortunately for Brooks and the Wizards, it didn’t cost them the win.


Tip Ins

  • Ian Mahinmi turned in another solid performance with eight points and rebounds off the bench
  • Jodie Meeks continues to play well after the All-Star Break as he also scored eight points off the bench
  • Don’t let Kelly Oubre running downhill get to his left-hand folks

Up Next: No time to rest as the Wizards take on the Golden State Warriors tomorrow night.

Wizards vs. 76ers final score: Strong performances from Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, and Kelly Oubre lift Wizards to 109-94 win

Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 24 points while Otto Porter chipped in with 23 and Kelly Oubre added 19 as the Wizards knocked off the Philadelphia 76ers 109-94 on Sunday night.

Tomas Satoransky ended the evening with 10 assists while Marcin Gortat added a double-double as the Wizards snapped the 76ers seven-game winning streak.

After a sloppy first quarter, the Wizards put the clamps on the 76ers in the second quarter holding them to just 20 points as they took a 67-48 lead at the half.

After stretching the lead to 23 at one point in the third quarter, the 76ers counterpunched and were able to trim the lead to eight in the fourth period on a Dario Saric three-pointer. But Bradley Beal answered with a three-pointer of his own as Washington was able to regain a double-digit lead and hang on for victory


Second quarter propels Washington to victory

After a back and forth first quarter, Washington started the second quarter on a 10-0 run as the Wizards pushed the lead out to double figures. It was the bench, led by Kelly Oubre who jumpstarted the run. He hit a 3-pointer to get things going, then Mike Scott hit a pair of circus shots to get Washington on a roll.

Otto Porter, who was just 1-3 from the field in the first quarter, scored 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting as Washington took a stranglehold on this game. Porter made some very timely cuts through the paint and hit some timely 3-pointers, including one to end the half.

The Porter-Oubre duo was a problem for Philly tonight

Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre were a problem for the 76ers this evening. Oubre, who’s seemed to wake up from his slump prior to the All-Star Break knocked down his first four field goal attempts as well as three of his first four attempts from downtown.

As mentioned, after a slow start, Porter connected on 6-7 shots for 14 second-quarter points as both guys had 16 at the break. Otto Porter stayed aggressive in the second half as well and continued to stay hot from three-point range in addition to attacking the hole.

When one of these guys plays well for the Wizards, it often ends up in a victory. When both of these guys turn in remarkable games, it’s a major issue for the opposition.

Everyone Eats

Washington came into the game averaging 24 assists per contest. They notched their 24th assist of the contest at the eight-minute mark of the third quarter en route to 35 dimes for the night. To no one’s surprise, Tomas Satoransky led the team with 10 assists, just one short of his career-high and Bradley Beal, who’s become much more of a facilitator since Wall has been out dished out eight dimes of his own.

In the first half, the ball never got stuck and was swinging from side to side resulting in some wide-open three-point attempts. The pick-and-roll with Beal at the helm was working as well as the Wizards catching Philadelphia sleeping and getting some easy baskets on some nice backdoor cuts.

Four other Wizards players had at least three assists tonight as the Wizards have notched 25+ assists in 12 of their last 13 games.

Game Notes

  • The Wizards continue to shoot well from the free-throw line. Tonight, they knocked down 11 of their 12 attempts
  • The Wizards have won eight straight at home against the 76ers
  • Washington is now 13-8 without John Wall this season
  • The Wizards had no answer for Joel Embiid who scored 25 points to go along with 10 rebounds as the mountain of a man could not be stopped in the painted area. Thankfully the Wizards were able to push him out to the perimeter more than he would have liked which kept his efficiency down enough to keep him from making this one close.

Next up: The Wizards hits the road to take on the Bucks on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.

Hornets at Wizards final score: Third time isn’t a charm as the Wizards fall to the Hornets for the third time this year, 122-105

The Hornets have the Wizards number this year.

The third time isn’t a charm as the Wizards get blown out by the Hornets Friday night 122-105, losing to Charlotte for the third time this season. Bradley Beal scored a game-high 33 points and Otto Porter added 16 but it wouldn’t be enough for a Washington team that found itself in a double-digit hole for most of the contest.

After a big win in Cleveland just the night before, this one had ‘trap game’ written all over it. Washington came out sluggish on defense and careless with the basketball committing six turnovers in the opening period while also giving up 36 points to a Charlotte team who struggles to score on the road.

Bradley Beal stole an inbounds pass with just one second remaining in the half and knocked down a three-pointer as time expired to trim the deficit to 12 at halftime 67-55 as the Wizards showed signs of life.

The Wizards were able to cut the lead to six, 75-69 in the third quarter on the heels of a 9-0 run. But Charlotte answered Washington’s counterpunch as the Hornets lead quickly ballooned back to double figures and they wouldn’t look back.

Turnovers doom Washington

After committing just 10 turnovers against the Cavs a night before, Washington eclipsed that number by halftime tonight with 11 turnovers and 14 for the game. Too many lazy cross-court passes ended up with live ball turnovers and easy transition opportunities for the Hornets.

Charlotte made Washington pay for their mistakes as they scored 26 points off Washington’s 11 first-half turnovers. Those lazy live ball passes resulted in easy layups at the rim for the Hornets as well as wide open three-pointers in transition.

Washington did clean up their act in the second half as they committed just three turnovers after halftime, but the damage had already been done.

Washington’s defense was awful tonight

Chalk it up to tired legs, a hangover from the Cleveland game, or whatever narrative you want to paint; Washington’s defense was downright awful this evening. Charlotte, a team that hung 77 points on the Wizards in the first half the last time the last time they played, weren’t far off tonight as they had 67 points tonight at halftime.

The Wizards weren’t communicating on defense evidenced as players got caught in-between switches and defensive rotations. Washington did a poor job defending the three-point line and Charlotte made them pay knocking down 17 three-pointers this evening on 39 attempts (44 percent).

The Wizards were a step slow on the defensive end the entire evening and just like the previous contest, the result was a blowout loss against another sub .500 team.

Tip Ins

  • Washington continues to knock down their free-throws connecting on 16-17 attempts from the charity stripe tonight
  • Outside of Kelly Oubre who had 11 points, the Wizards got next to nothing in production off the bench
  • After being held scoreless for nearly the entire first half, Kemba Walker caught fire scoring a team-high 24 points for Charlotte

Up Next: Washington’s hell week begins on Sunday evening with a home date against the red-hot Philadelphia 76ers.

Wizards at Cavs final score: Washington executes down the stretch, downs Cleveland 110-103

With less than one minute to play and the shot clock winding down, Bradley Beal drove by his man slicing through the lane for the layup as the Wizards hang on to beat the Cavaliers, 110-103.

Beal led the way for Washington with 18 points and Tomas Satoransky wasn’t far behind with 17 points and eight assists as Washington wins their first game after the All-Star break and is 10 games above .500 (34-24) for the first time this season.

Kelly Oubre, who’s struggled with his shot over the past month, looked like he may have broken out of his slump as the third year player also chipped in with 17 points and knocked down 3-6 three-point shots.

This was the first home game since the new look Cavs overhauled their roster but it was the Wizards who would have the last laugh.

Washington executes down the stretch

The Wizards used a 16-4 run to stretch their lead to 11 midway through the fourth quarter. But the one-man wrecking ball of LeBron James wouldn’t go down easy as he nearly willed the Cavs to victory scoring all Cleveland points after the 9:00 minute mark of the fourth quarter as James and the Cavs trimmed the Wizards lead to 3, 104-101 with two minutes to play.

With just seconds remaining on the shot clock and under one minute to play, Coach Scott Brooks ran a brilliant after the timeout play where Otto Porter inbounded it to Beal who passed it right back to Porter for a reverse layup and a five-point Wizards lead.

After LeBron barreled his way for an easy bucket, Bradley Beal sliced through the lane for a layup to stretch the Wizards lead to five and keep Cleveland at bay. Satoransky knocked down two free throws late to ice the game as the Wizards come up big late and sneak out of Cleveland with a 110-103 victory.

The tide turned in the second quarter

It looked like things might get ugly for the Wizards in the first quarter. The Cavs were on fire knocking down 61 percent of their shots in the first period and LeBron James looked well on his way to a triple-double with seven points, six assists, and five rebounds through one quarter.

However, the Wizards were able to flip the script starting in the second quarter. The Wizards used an 11-1 run in the second quarter to get back in this one highlighted by back to back three-pointers from Bradley Beal and Kelly Oubre to trim Cleveland’s lead to two. Oubre, who has been in a funk for the past month, scored 12 points in the second quarter as the Wizards were able to climb back in this one and regain the lead, 57-54 at halftime.

Another outstanding game from Tomas Satoransky

What more is there to say? Tomas Satoransky continued to impress tonight his time to the tune of 17 points on 6-7 shooting to go along with eight assists. Early in the first quarter as the Cavs were building their lead, Satoransky chipped in with timely buckets to keep the deficit within reach.

He started the second half connecting on a three-pointer to give the Wizards a five points lead and hit a tough fadeaway jumper at the end of the period as the Wizards led by just 3, 82-79.

Sato pitched a near-perfect game tonight; and the cherry on top? He didn’t commit a single turnover in 31 minutes of play.

Tip Ins

  • Everyone ate yet again as the Wizards combined for 29 assists on 44 made baskets
  • The Wizards shot a perfect 10-10 from the free-throw line
  • Jodie Meeks continued his improved play with 10 points off the bench

Up Next: Washington heads home to play the Charlotte Hornets tomorrow evening.

The Wizards have no room for error as they face one of the NBA’s toughest remaining schedules

The Wizards entered the All-Star break with a 33-24 record, good enough for the fourth best record in the Eastern Conference. And if you said ahead of the season that John Wall would miss 20 games (and counting) to go along with some locker room drama, I think all fans would have been OK with this outcome 23 of the way through the season. But, now that All-Star Weekend has come and gone, the Wizards must regroup, and quickly, as they are about to enter one of the most daunting stretches of the season.

On January 30th, when the news broke that John Wall would have to undergo yet another knee procedure, many wondered how the Wizards were going to right the ship and stay afloat in the Eastern Conference race without him. Washington was able to go 7-2 over that nine-game stretch with impressive wins over the Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors.

The unfortunate news for Washington is, all of the teams trailing them in the 5-9 seeds (aside from the Miami Heat), also played very well in the leadup to All-Star Weekend boasting at least a 6-4 record over the previous 10 games. And with only 3.5 games separating the 4-seed and 8-seeds, there’s not a lot of room for error for the Wizards as there is bound to be plenty of shuffling in the standings down the stretch.

The scheduling fairies did the Wizards no favors as they have one of the toughest remaining schedules in the NBA. The Wizards must pick up where they left off and quickly as they take on the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland this Thursday in their first game after the break. Washington will then embark on their version of a hell week as they take on Philadelphia, play at Milwaukee, Golden State, Toronto, and Indiana; all in just an eight-day span. And as if playing the Warriors wasn’t already hard enough, Washington will take on the defending champs in the second half of a back-to-back after playing in Milwaukee the night before.

And remember how the ‘Too Cool for School Wizards’ had trouble knocking off sub .500 teams early in the season? Well, that could come back to haunt them as only seven of their remaining 25 games are against teams with sub .500 records including the Charlotte Hornets twice, a team that Washington has struggled with this season. To make matters worse, the Wizards only have four games left (New York, at Chicago, Atlanta, at Orlando) against likely participants in the 2018-Tank-A-Palooza.

Washington better bring their A-game as only the Indiana Pacers have a tougher remaining schedule than the Wizards for teams seeded 4-9. The Milwaukee Bucks have a slightly easier remaining schedule than the Wizards, however, it’s the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ersthat have the easiest and second easiest schedules respectively in the league over the final third of the season. In fact, the 76ers, who’re currently just two games behind the Wizards, have such a favorable schedule that ESPN’s 538 predicts that they’ll catch Washington as both teams are projected to finish with 46 wins.

Yes, the Wizards’ recent 7-2 run without John Wall has been impressive. But outside of the Oklahoma City and Toronto wins, four of those wins came against lottery-bound teams (including overcoming a 27-point deficit against the lowly Knicks) as well as knocking off an Indiana Pacers team missing two of its top players.

With John Wall expected to be out until mid-March, everyone needs to continue to eat for the Wizards to play at a high level and finish the season strong. The path to the Eastern Conference Finals will get that much harder should Washington struggle down the stretch and slip into the sixth, seventh, or even the eighth seed.

Wizards vs. Bulls final score: Tomas Satoransky’s career-best night lifts Wizards to 101-90 win in Chicago

Tomas Satoransky turned in a career night with 25 points on 10-12 shooting to go along with six assists as the Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls, 101-90 on Saturday night.

Otto Porter added 14 points and Mike Scott chipped in with 14 off the bench as the Wizards avoided their first three-game losing skid of the season.

Chicago took a 2-0 lead on a Robin Lopez jumper to start the game. It was the only time the Wizards trailed all game as they were able to maintain a double-digit lead the rest of the way for most of the evening.

Washington won the war of attrition as Tomas SatoranskyTim Frazier, and Ian Mahinmi were forced to leave the contest early for varying reasons and Markieff Morris didn’t dress due to flu-like symptoms, but regardless, the Wizards still found a way to get the win on the road.


Sato turns in a career night

Tomas Satoransky scored a career-high with 25 points tonight on a blistering hot 10-12 shooting including knocking down five-of-six of his three-point attempts to go along with six assists. He set the tone early for the Wizards as he was constantly looking to push the ball and get out in transition. As a result, the Wizards had three uncontested dunks or layups in the first quarter.

He got going early by making all three three-point attempts in the first half as Washington built a double-digit lead. When the ball wasn’t in his hands on offense, he kept himself involved with timely cuts through the paint.

Sato continued his hot shooting in the second half as he added another 10 points including this three-pointer to give him a new career high in points and three-pointers made.

The Wizards let if fly from 3

The Wizards came into this contest averaging just 26.5 three-point attempts per contest, but they came out gunning from three-point range in the first quarter where they took 13 shots from deep and connected on six of them.

Washington had a cold stretch from distance through the second quarter and into the third quarter but it was key three-pointers from Tomas Satoransky, Jodie Meeks, and Mike Scott in the fourth quarter as the Wizards were able to halt any run whenever it looked like Chicago might get back in this one.

A war of attrition

At the 2:35 mark of the fourth quarter, Tomas Satoransky drove baseline for a dunk and Bobby Portis fouled him up high resulting in a very scary fall for Satoransky.

Sato looked to have a gash on the side of his head and didn’t return putting a damper on a career night.

Earlier in the game, Tim Frazier hit his head on Bobby Portis’ knee when diving for a loose ball. He left the game with a nasal fracture.

If either player has to miss time, don’t be surprised to see the Wizards grab a point guard to provide more depth.

Markieff Morris missed tonight’s game due to flu-like symptoms and it looks like it might be spreading around as Ian Mahinmi played in the first half but didn’t return in the second half due to illness. As a result, Jason Smith and Chris McCullough received some unexpected playing time.

Game Notes

  • Bradley Beal had a second straight cold shooting night as he was held to just seven points on 3-13 shooting and missed all seven of his 3-point attempts.
  • The Washington bench combined for 38 points led by Mike Scott with 14 and Jodie Meeks with 10.
  • Everyone was eating yet again as the Wizards combined for 31 assists.

Next up: The Wizards play their final game before the All-Star break in New York on Wednesday against the Knicks at 7 p.m.