Wizards vs. Grizzlies final score: Washington holds on to win 93-87 in John Wall’s return

Bradley Beal scored 18 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, as the Wizards hung on to beat the lowly Grizzlies, 93-87 on Wednesday night.

All five Washington starters and Kelly Oubre scored in double-figures tonight as the Wizards finally got in the win column after two tough losses.

The quarter-full Capital One Arena was about as roaring as a library to begin this one, and the play from both of these teams early on mirrored that as the two teams mustered up just 10 points through the first 5:37 of the opening period.

Everything changed in the second quarter as John Wall got his legs back under him and looked like the player we’ve grown accustomed to. He turned on the afterburners midway through the second period, finishing shots at the hole and hitting midrange jumpers as the Wizards took a 41-29 lead into halftime.

Washington was up by as many as 17 in the second half but as we know, no lead is safe with the Wizards. The Grizzlies hit a three-pointer at the beginning of the fourth quarter for their first lead of the game, 67-65. After that three, Washington went on a 13-0 run to take control of the game and secure the win.

Takeaways

John Wall makes his return

As expected, it took about a quarter for Wall to really put a mark on this game. It wasn’t so much that he needed to knock off the rust, but the aggression wasn’t there at first.

After scoring just one basket in the first quarter, Wall looked like his old self, taking Chandler Parsons off the dribble and finishing at the hole. His midrange jumper was falling too as he went on a personal 9-0 run to help the Wizards take a 14 point lead in the second quarter.

The second half wasn’t as kind for Wall. After scoring 11 points on 5-10 shooting in the first half, Wall only scored two points in the second half as he never really got going.

There were next to no highlight plays in a mostly sleepy game tonight. However, late in the fourth quarter, he pinned Chandler Parsons’ layup attempt to seal the win.

Mike Scott wants the starting power forward position

Mike Scott continued his rock-solid play while filling in for Markieff Morris, who sat this one out with a sore hip. He scored 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting including a three-pointer in the fourth quarter to stretch the Wizards’ lead to six as Memphis tried to claw their way back into the game.

Scott didn’t do anything extraordinary, but the Wizards don’t need him to do anything crazy, especially with Wall back. They just need him to knock down shots when he’s open and play respectable defense.

It’s going to be hard for the coaching staff to play Morris over Scott as long he keeps turning in these solid performances.

Game Notes

  • Washington held the Grizzlies to 12 points in the first quarter and 29 points for the half; both season-lows for Wizards’ opponents. But it wasn’t because of good defense or anything, the Grizzlies just aren’t good.
  • The Wizards hit all five of their three-point attempts in the fourth quarter.
  • The Wizards didn’t do themselves any favors at the charity stripe as they were just 12 of 24 from the free throw line.
  • Scott Brooks’ rotations remain confusing as he opted to go with a five-man lineup with no true point guard on the floor (at an odd time too) through the first few minutes of the fourth quarter.

Next up: The Wizards will try to get revenge for this Saturday’s loss as they host the Clippers at 7 p.m. on Friday.

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Wizards at Clippers final score: Lou Williams buries a three-pointer late as the Clippers beat the Wizards, 113-112.

Washington’s second-half comeback was all for naught as Lou Williams hits a three-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining as the Clippers win, 113-112. Lou Williams scored a game-high 35 points as the Wizards’ losing streak in Los Angeles against the Clippers is now stretched to nine games.

After a little bit of a rough patch, Otto Porter had a bounce-back game with 27 points on 10-16 shooting. Bradley Beal scored just two points in the first half but came alive in the second half with 23 points.

Ian Mahinmi and Mike Scott scored 14 and 22 points respectively, both season-highs.

This was definitely a tough one for Washington to lose, dropping them to 2-2 on the road trip.

Takeaways

Mike Scott has his best game of the season

Mike Scott turned in his best performance as a Wizard tonight with 22 points on 9-11 shooting. Scott came into the game with a streak of connecting on eight-straight field goals and was able to stretch that to 12 as he made his first four shots of the game

Not only was Scott hitting tough mid-range jumpers like he often does –

he was terrific from three-point range connecting on 3-4 attempts including one right in front of the Clippers bench as Washington regained the lead late in the fourth quarter.

This game solidified Scott’s role as the second-best player off the bench and with Markieff Morris struggling, it’ll be interesting to see what happens at the power forward position.

A bounce-back game for Otto Porter

After a mini rough patch, Otto Porter had a nice bounce-back game tonight with a team-high 27 points. Porter connected on his first three three-pointers tonight and sparked an early 13-2 lead for Washington.

Otto came up big for Washington down the stretch as he too, hit a three-pointer right in front of the Clippers bench to give Washington the lead only the follow that up with a sky-high floater over DeAndre Jordan as it looked like Washington might close this one out.

Let’s hope this game officially got Otto out of his scoring funk.

Free-throw shooting comes back to haunt the Wizards

Washington was awful from the line going 15-23 (65 percent) this afternoon. Ian Mahinmi was 6-6 from the charity stripe tonight while the rest of the team was just 9-17.

With the Wizards up, 109-105, Tomas Satoransky had a chance to ice the game as he was at the free-throw line with under a minute remaining; but he missed them both.

Washington lost this game by one and missed eight free throws. You do the math.

Tip Ins

  • Washington hasn’t beaten the Clippers in Los Angeles since 2008.
  • Kelly Oubre Jr. was held scoreless in 20 minutes of action.
  • Satoransky, Scott, and Mahinmi outscored their counterparts in Frazier, Morris, and Gortat, 47-13.

Up Next

Washington heads to Brooklyn Tuesday evening hoping to end the road-trip with a winning record.

Wizards vs. Blazers Final Score: Beal explodes for 51 as the Wizards win, 106-92

*Photo by Sean Meagher | The Oregonian/OregonLive

How’s that for bouncing back after a 46-point loss just 24 hours ago?

Bradley Beal explodes for a career-high 51 points as the Wizards avenge their loss to the Blazers, 106-92. All 51 of those points were needed as only two other Wizards players, Kelly Oubre (14), and Mike Scott (10) cracked double figures in scoring.

The Wizards used an overpowering second quarter where they outscored the Blazers, 27-15 to take control of this game and never surrendered the lead thereafter.

Takeaways

Tonight belonged to Bradley Beal

As mentioned, Bradley Beal scored a career-high 51 points on 21-37 shooting while knocking down five three-pointers. Beal, who opted not to wear his protective goggles tonight, was much more aggressive early on as most of his shots in the first quarter were on drives to the cup or in the painted area.

The sixth-year player scored 12 points in the first quarter on 5-6 shooting inside of the arc (missed two three-pointers).

As the night went on Beal, reverted back to taking outside jumpers and three-pointers. He finished the first half with 19 points and you had a hunch that at least 40 was in play.

The third quarter is where everything started falling for Brad. Drives to the hole? Yup. Three-pointers? Yup. Step-backs over mismatched defenders? You bet. Beal erupted for 19 points in the third quarter including sparking a 9-0 run late in the period where Washington took control, 72-53.

At a time where the Wizards’ lead shrunk to 79-70 early in the fourth quarter and you could sense a #SoWizards finish, a missed shot found it’s way to Mike Scott who kicked it to Beal for three for then, a new career-high 43 points.

After Washington used a 18-6 run late to ice the game, Beal started firing away to get to that elusive 50-point mark. A corner three got him to 49 points then he cherry-picked while the team was on defense, resulting in an easy dunk for his 51st point of the night.

Take a bow, Brad.

Defense sets the tone

Washington was much more active on the defensive end tonight and that set the tone early on. The Wizards turned the Blazers over 13 times in the first half and ended the evening with a season-high 16 steals. The Wiz were very opportunistic as they turned Portland’s 19 turnovers into 25 points.

Kelly Oubre had five steals tonight, a couple of the turnovers leading to touchdowns variety evidenced as the Wizards mustered up 16 fast-break points tonight; something they’ve struggled to achieve with John Wall out,

Yes a 51-point explosion helps, but don’t overlook the Wizards outstanding defensive effort tonight either.

Game Notes

  • Aside from Beal, the rest of Washington’s starters combined for 21 points on 7-30 shooting.
  • Mike Scott went a perfect 5-5 from the field and added seven rebounds.
  • The Wizards took care of the basketball, only committing 10 turnovers tonight.

Up Next

Washington heads to Phoenix on Thursday night to try and avenge another early season loss.

Wizards vs. Jazz final score: Washington gets blown off the court in 116-69 loss

Well, that’s not an ideal way to start a five-game road trip.

There was a sequence in the third quarter where Marcin Gortat missed a layup on one end, the Jazz snagged the miss and countered on the other end with a Donovan Mitchell three-pointer. It was that kind of a night as the Wizards got blown out on Monday night, 116-69.

The no-longer-under-the-radar-rookie Donovan Mitchell jump-started the Jazz with 21 points on 8 of 13 shooting as the Jazz had this one wrapped up early in the second quarter.

Washington needs to bury the tape from this one and move on as quickly as possible to the next game.

Takeaways

Washington falls into the Jazz’s trap

When the Jazz force you to play their brand of basketball, it’s game over. They shorten the game, swing the ball, force you into taking midrange jumpers while they create opportunities in the paint and get open corner threes. That was all on display in the first half as the Jazz put their mark on this game early.

Utah got too many easy baskets close to the hole as they scored 34 points in the paint in the first half compared to Washington’s eight. After establishing their paint presence, the Jazz started swinging the ball around the horn resulting in seven first half three-pointers as the Wizards were left to chase them around the perimeter.

On the flip side, it wasn’t much prettier as Utah ran Washington off of the three-point line and funneled them into taking midrange jumpers all night. The Wizards narrowed the three-point attempt gap in garbage time, but the Jazz still wound up attempting 14 more threes than Washington and making a dozen more than the Wizards did.

Terrible first half plagues Washington

The first half was ugly.

The Wizards shot just 27 percent from the field in the first half and only managed to hit on 11 field goal attempts. No Washington player scored in double figures and Otto Porter was the only Wizards player to shoot at least 40 percent from the field.

Washington lacked anything resembling tenacity as the Jazz more than doubled the Wizards up in the half, 64-30. In fact, the Jazz had more points in the paint (34) than the Wizards had in the half (30).

You had to look very hard to find a stat that favored Washington in the first half of play.

Bradley Beal struggles again

For the third time in four games, Bradley Beal had a tough night. After starting the evening just 1-5 from the field, he got rid of his protective goggles as they looked to be bothering him once again. Beal finished the night with 11 points on 4-15 shooting and missing all of his three-point attempts.

It’s not time to push the panic button yet, but Beal has been in a bit of a funk over these past four games and the Wizards need him desperately to snap out of it.

Game Notes

  • Washington scored just 69 points tonight, a season-low.
  • Tomas Satoransky’s streak of three straight games with no turnovers ended tonight.
  • The Wizards had as many assists (4) as they did turnovers (4) in the first half (OK, I’ll stop with these kinds of stats.)
  • Jason Smith got playing time tonight (!!!)

Next up: The Wizards are back in action on Tuesday night as they face the Blazers in Portland at 10 p.m.

Pistons at Wizards Final Score: Washington uses 17-0 third quarter run to blow out Detroit, 109-91

Washington overpowered Detroit this evening outscoring them 35-15 as they’d run away and beat the Pistons, 109-91. In a bounce-back game, Markieff Morris led the Wizards with 23 points while Otto Porter and Tomas Satoransky added 17 points each.

With the lead seesawing back and forth for most of the first half, Washington took control with a 17-0 run in the third quarter and never looked back.

Five players scored in double figures for Washington as they drop Detroit for the second time this season.

Takeaways

Big third quarter propels Wizards

Washington was flawless in the third quarter.

After trailing 52-46 at halftime, the Wizards started the third period on a 17-0 run to regain the lead, 63-52. It started on the defensive end as Washington turned Detroit over three times early on, many of the ‘turnovers leading to touchdowns’ variety. The Wizards were able to keep Andre Drummond off of the offensive glass and forced Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris into some very tough shots.

Washington outscored Detroit 35-15 in the third period, which propelled them to the blowout victory.

Bounce back game for Morris

Tonight was by far, Markieff Morris’ best game of the season. Morris hasn’t looked like himself recently as he battles back from a sports hernia. But tonight, he shook that off for a game-high 23 points on 10-16 shooting including going 2-3 from three-point range.

Morris got cooking early for the Wizards connecting on his first four field goals for nine quick points. Washington made it a priority to get the big man involved as they ran the first two plays of the game through him. Morris connected on two shots in the midrange which has become his bread and butter but also knocked down a three-pointer early on to get his confidence up.

Obviously, it helps that his shooting was on tonight but in addition, his aggressiveness on the offensive glass and attacking the hole also played a big role in his bounce-back performance.

We officially have a backup point guard battle

Tomas Satoransky was outstanding tonight.

The second-year player scored a career-high 17 points on 5-6 shooting including two three-pointers late in the game for the Wizards. He dished out four assists to go along with a steal but most importantly, didn’t commit a turnover this evening.

Satoransky and Frazier both played 23 minutes tonight and we officially have an open battle for the backup point guard position.

Game Notes

  • Marcin Gortat notched his 7th double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Avery Bradley gave Bradley Beal fits for most of the night but here; Beal got the best of him.

  • The bench turned in another solid performance combining for 41 points. 

Ranking who needs to step up the most in John Wall’s absence

News surfaced this weekend that after receiving injections to reduce swelling in his knee, John Wall would be sidelined for two weeks. Unfortunately for Washington, these small nicks and bruises often tend to linger longer than the initial diagnosis. The Wizards have already had a bumpy start to the season and with a tough schedule looming, there couldn’t have been a more inopportune time for the injury bug to rear its ugly head.

Here’s a ranking of the Wizards who need to step up if Washington is going to come out of this stretch with minimal wounds.

1. Scott Brooks

As mentioned by Ben Mehic, the honeymoon is over for Brooks. And if he wants to recreate an optimistic buzz around this team and its fanbase, here’s his chance.

Many thought Brooks was a not-so-creative inside the box hiring during the Summer of 2016. We’re only at the quarter pole of the season but his rotations still make you scratch your head, sometimes doesn’t make in-game adjustments fast enough, the team easily loses focus, and it looks like it may have spread to the rest of the coaching staff.

If Wall truly only misses two weeks of play, that means he’ll miss games against Portland (Loss), at Minnesota (Win), at Philadelphia, Detroit, and another early season west coast road trip at Utah, Portland, Phoenix, and the Los Angeles Clippers. On paper, that looks like a 3-5 or a 2-6 stretch.

Hopefully, Brooks will be able to push the right buttons like he did in Tuesday’s win, going with some unusual lineups down the stretch that got the job done.

2. Bradley Beal

Bradley Beal has been the best player for the Wizards so far this season and if Washington is going right the ship while Wall is out, they are going to need Beal to continue playing like an All-Star. Bradley Beal is averaging 24.7 points in games where Wall has been sidelined this year while knocking down 46.4 percent of his shots in those contests.

The sharp-shooter, who adds a little more to his offensive arsenal every year, is currently posting a usage of 28.7 percent, putting him in the 96th percentile of the league, per cleaningtheglass.com. With John Wall out, and Beal finding the ball more in his hands more often, there’s no reason to think that that number will drop.

Scott Brooks has toyed with Beal being the primary ball handler on the court. Although it’s a very small sample size, it doesn’t feel (nor look) natural when Beal is bringing the ball up the floor to trigger the offense. However, he’s excelled as the secondary handler, specifically, when running the pick-and-roll with Gortat or the rapport they’ve built in the two-man game.

With Wall out, Beal will not be lacking scoring opportunities and will be able to showcase his ability to be ‘the guy’ for this team. It’s not so much that he needs to step up, but rather, continue playing at an All-Star level for the Wizards to stay afloat during this stretch.

3. Otto Porter

Like Beal, Porter is putting up the best numbers of his career and has a huge opportunity to showcase to the national media that he was worthy of that big deal this offseason and maybe, just maybe, work his way into All-Star talks.

Even though Porter is posting career-highs in points, rebounds, steals, two-point shooting percentage, and three-point shooting percentage (let me catch my breath), his usage rate is just 16.1 percent; putting him in just the 53rd percentile in the league. That’s unacceptable for a player as efficient as Porter.

Scott Brooks is often criticized for running next to no plays for Porter but if the Wizards don’t want to fall behind in the surprisingly improved Eastern Conference, that has to change. Specifically, Porter has to be more assertive and aggressive when his number is called. The only criticism of Porter so far this year is that he still sometimes disappears during games. That can’t happen for one of the Wizards’ most efficient players.

As one of the best and most efficient players on this team, it’s time for Porter to start being a bit more selfish and take matters into his own hands, as we saw late in Tuesday’s win over the Timberwolves.

4. Tim Frazier

Frazier has been fairly underwhelming through the first quarter of the season. However, with the increased playing time about to come his way, he can change all that.

So far, Frazier seems content in trying to get others involved but is very reluctant to shoot the ball. Frazier is averaging just 7.5 points per 36 minutes on a putrid 38.2 percent shooting.

Should Frazier start jacking up shots to make the defense respect him more? Not at all. However, he does need to look for his shot just a little bit more as teams are lagging off, begging him to shoot. On a positive, Frazier is shooting a career-high 92.3 percent from the foul line. The only issue is, he doesn’t get there that often evidenced by his 0.7 attempts per game or 1.4 attempts per 36 minutes.

If Frazier could watch the tape on Ramon Sessions while he was here in Washington, and mimic his aggressiveness, that would pay dividends for the backup point guard. He’s very solid at setting his teammates up, he now just has to take advantage of these extended minutes to make himself more of a threat and open up things for his teammates.

It’s not going to be easy to replace the All-Star production of John Wall, however, if the Wizards are going to stay competitive during this tough upcoming stretch, it all comes back to these guys stepping up.