Wizards vs. Mavericks final score: Washington can’t overcome 24-point deficit, falls to Dallas 119-100

Rookie Luka Doncic led Dallas with 23 points on Tuesday evening as the Mavericks took down the Wizards, 119-100. #WizardsKiller Wesley Matthews added 22 points including going 5-of-8 from three-point range for the Mavericks as they broke their six-game losing skid.

John Wall notched his first double-double of the season with 24 points and 10 assists while Otto Porter and Bradley Beal chipped in with 19 points each but outside of that trio, everyone else on Washington was more or less a non-factor this evening.

Washington’s poor defense reared it’s ugly head tonight early on as Dallas scored 35 in the first quarter and the Wizards quickly found themselves in a 35-24 hole. The floodgates opened in the second quarter behind the hot shooting of Wesley Matthews and once again, the Wizards let another team drop 70 on them in a half as they trailed 70-49 at halftime.

Washington wouldn’t go down without a fight though. After outscoring Dallas 29-17 in the third quarter, they found themselves within striking distance. The Wizards were able to cut the Mavericks’ lead to six on two different occasions midway in the fourth period. But one poor defensive rotation here followed by some careless turnovers there allowed Dallas to regain control to make this look more like a blowout than a single-digit game.

Washington is now 2-8 on the season, their second such start in three years. Although, this 2-8 feels a whole lot different than the 2016-2017 2-8 start to the season when Wall was still recovering from knee surgery.


A poor first half defensively is too much to overcome

Don’t get it twisted; Sunday’s defensive effort against the Knicks was an anomaly, not a team looking to turn the corner. Washington turned in yet another poor defensive effort and it all started in the first half as the Mavericks hung 70 on the Wizards by halftime.

Dallas, a team who’s trailed after every first quarter during their six-game losing streak was shown no resistance as they were able to get whatever shots they wanted in the first period. Wes Matthews hit back-to-back three-pointers to start the second quarter and that’s when the onslaught began.

Yet again, the Wizards brought no energy on the defensive end, weren’t communicating as Mavericks players found themselves wide open under the rim on several occasions, and made no effort to get back in transition. Dallas connected on 13 of their 23 three-pointers (56.5 percent) and shot 50 percent from the field in the first half as the whooping was officially on.

It took a ton of energy for Washington to cut the deficit to six midway through the fourth quarter. But at the end of the night, they just didn’t have enough to completely dig themselves out of a 24-point hole.

The Wizards continue to let it fly from 3, they just won’t go in

Otto Porter was a near-perfect 5-of-6 from three-point range tonight. But outside of him, the Wizards combined to go just 6-of-29 (21 percent) from distance. Washington has committed themselves to taking more three-point shots this season, the issue is, they aren’t falling.

Markieff Morris missed all four of his attempts, Kelly Oubre missed all five. John Wall was just 2-of-6 from three-point range and Bradley Beal had another poor outing from distance as he only connected on one of his nine three-point attempts.

John Wall turns in his first double-double of the season

Tonight was long overdue (statistically at least) as John Wall notched his first double-double of the season with 24 points and 10 assists. Wall has been looking to score more this season and as a result, his passing, the bread and butter of his game, has taken a hit.

It took Wall 20 shots to get to 24 points which isn’t going to excite any analytics department, however, it looked like he made more of an effort to get others involved. Washington has a ton of issues that need to get fixed if things are going to turn around and Wall getting his teammates more involved is very high up on that list.


Wizards vs. Mavericks final score: Washington blown out again in 98-75 loss to Dallas

Harrison Barnes scored 20 points and notorious #WizardsKiller Wesley Matthews added 14 points as the Mavericks defeated the Wizards for the 17th time in their last 19 tries, 98-75 on Monday night.

Bradley Beal led the Wizards in scoring with 18 points and John Wall added 11 but they didn’t get much help from anyone else, as they were the only two Washington players to crack double figures in scoring tonight.

Things were even through the first quarter, but the Mavs put the pedal to the metal in the second quarter outscoring the Wizards 31-15. Washington only scored 37 points in the first half.

The second half was only slightly better. They scored 38 points in the second half as they cobbled together their second-worst offensive output of the season.


John Wall plays through a migraine

John Wall was a game-time decision as he was dealing with migraine headaches throughout the day. However, the way Wall started the game, you’d have no idea.

Wall’s jumper was smooth and in rhythm early on as he connected on three of his first four jump shots and was attacking the hole and getting to the free throw line. Wall had seven points and three assists through the first quarter and it looked like the migraine wouldn’t faze him.

However, Washington’s poor shooting was contagious and spread to Wall as after that 3-of-4 start, he only made one of his final 12 shots, missed all four three-point attempts and finished the night with just 11 points.

Washington goes ice-cold from the field

The Wizards’ shooting was bad, really bad. It’s not like Dallas was playing stellar defense either. Washington just couldn’t make it from anywhere. They shot 31 percent from the field, 22 percent from beyond the arc and only 59 percent at the line.

Bradley Beal was a respectable 3-for-8 from three-point range tonight. Unfortunately, for the Wizards, the rest of the team combined to go just 4-for-24.

Washington got many open looks from distance in transition, on second-chance opportunities and had open looks in their half court offense. They just couldn’t knock any of them down as only four Wizards players (Beal, Morris, Oubre, Meeks) connected on long-distance shots all night.

Game Notes

  • Otto Porter left the game in the third quarter with a hip issue.
  • Kelly Oubre came back to earth after his career-best night in Detroit. He was 2-for-11 from the field and only made one of his five three-point attempts.
  • Mike Scott was held scoreless for the first time since December 4. You may remember that as the game where the Wizards lost to the Jazz by 47.
  • The Mavs played Yogi Ferrell and J.J. Barea at the same time for an extended stretch. Not sure if it was the shortest backcourt in NBA history, but it sure felt like it.
  • It could be worse. At least the Wizards aren’t questioning whether or not someone faked an illness.

Next up: The Wizards are back in action on Thursday night as they take on the Thunder at 8 p.m. ET.

Mavs at Wizards Final: Wiz collapse in the 4th quarter, lose to the Mavs, 112-107.

Harrison Barnes leads the way for the Mavericks with 22 points while Dirk Nowitzki chips in with 20 as Dallas erases a 12-point deficit to beat the Wizards, 112-107. The House of Guards combined for 50 (Wall with 26, Beal with 24) but it wouldn’t be enough as once again, they don’t get much help from their frontcourt in Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat.

Unlike previous games, the Wizards started this one hot as they connected on four of their first five shots to take an early 10-2 lead. The Wizards were knocking down their threes at a high rate as they hit five in a defense-optional first quarter. Dallas shot an impressive 65 percent in the first quarter while the Wizards managed to hit on 58 percent of their shots and led, 39-32 after one.

Bogdanovic really likes playing in Verizon Center since he got traded here. Bogey scored nine points in his first seven minutes of play as the Wizards were able to stretch the lead out to eight. Dallas would answer with a mini-run of their own with some nice shots from Seth Curry and Nowitzki to get them back in this one.

Scary moment for the Wizards as John Wall drove to the basket late in the quarter and hit the ground hard.

Wall hobbled into the tunnel as the Wizards led, 57-53 at halftime.

Wall would be OK as he’d start the second half but looked like a shell of himself. Even so, Wall continued to dish out assists and stretched the Wizards lead to 12, 74-62 when he found Otto Porter in the corner for three, midway through the period. Washington had an 80-73 lead entering the fourth quarter and it looked like they’d close this one out.

But Dallas had other plans. Back-to-back threes from Dirk and Curry cut the Wizards’ lead to one and Yogi Ferrell tied the game at 85 when he knocked in a straightaway three-pointer from distance. The Mavs opened the quarter on a 19-7 run behind some hot shooting and very poor defense from Washington.

The Wizards were content with switching everything and the Mavs, mainly Nowitzki exploited the mismatches. Dirk had several jumpers over Wall down the stretch as well as a three to put Dallas up 105-94 with under a minute remaining. The Wizards made a last ditch effort to stretch the game out by fouling but would ultimately come up short.

Mavs win, 112-107.

Fourth quarter to forget

The Wizards had a horrendous fourth quarter where they were outscored 39-27. Even worse, the team committed seven of their 12 turnovers in the final period. As mentioned, defense has been a major problem for this team as of late and that was on display in the fourth. The Wizards willingly switched a guard onto Nowitzki which resulted in easy shots for the 7-footer. The Wizards better get this defense cleaned up quickly if they want to make any type of run in the postseason.

Where’s the defense? 

The defense has been a major problem for this team since the All-Star break and tonight was no different. Dallas came into this game as one of the worst scoring teams in the league yet managed to drop 112 on 50.6 percent shooting. The Wizards gave the Mavs too many open threes and Dallas made them pay.

Tough games for Morris and Gortat

The two frontcourt mates held their own in the rebounding column but had a tough time scoring as the duo combined for 13 points on 6-16 shooting. Gortat had a lot of opportunities as the Wizards went to him early and often on the block in the first half. Morris, on the other hand, wasn’t aggressive in finding his shot and missed his only two attempts from three-point range. The Wizards are going to need a better effort from both of these guys down the stretch.

Wizards vs Mavericks final score: Washington runs out of gas, fall 113-105

Flipping the calendar didn’t change the road woes for the Wizards who fell to 3-12 on the road thanks to a 113-105 loss to the Mavericks. All five Wizards starters scored in double-figures led by John Wall with 27 but it wouldn’t be enough as the bench chipped in with just 15 points collectively. Harrison Barnes led the way for the Mavericks with 26 points as the Wizards lost another one on the road, 113-105.

The Wizards started 0-7 from the field as they would endure many scoring droughts. After finding their footing, the Wizards would knock down four of their first five three-pointers to climb back in this one late in the first quarter.

Wall, the Eastern Conference Player of the month, showed everyone why he was deserving of the award in a late burst in the second quarter. Wall scored 15 of his 27 points in the second period as the Wizards ended the quarter on an 18-3 run over the last 2:29 of the half to take a 67-61 lead into the break.

Things looked good for the Wizards to start the second half as Wall and Morris connected on an alley-oop. But the Wizards would endure another cold stretch midway through the third quarter that let the Mavericks get back into the game.

Dallas then started the fourth quarter on a 20-9 run behind three-pointers from Wesley Matthews, Seth Curry, and Harrison Barnes that put the game out of reach for the Wizards. The Mavs would outscore the Wizards 52-38 in the second half to hand the Wizards their latest rough loss on the road.

Wall explodes in the second quarter

The Mavericks were up by nine at one point in the second quarter but found themselves down six at halftime in a 15-point momentum swing. Why? John Wall. Wall turned defense into offense on two occasions resulting in easy layups on the other end. Wall had several other nice drives to the hole as well as a pull-up three in transition as the Wizards regained the lead. The Wallstar scored 15 of his 27 points in the second period.

Wizards show no life in the fourth quarter

The Wizards missed their first six shots of the quarter as the Mavs outscored them 20-9 to start the period. The Mavs kept hitting shots from three-point range whereas the Wizards had to struggle for every point. An alley-oop from Wall to Beal looked to have potentially sparked the Wizards but Beal was called for a technical foul for hanging on the rim.

Wizards at Mavericks Recap: Wizards avoid huge meltdown, hang on to win 114-111

Otto Porter scored a career high 28 points to go along with 26 from John Wall as the Wizards nearly blow 21 point lead, hang on to beat the Mavs, 114-111.

The Wizards looked to move on from last night’s fourth quarter collapse opening this game 5-6 from the field to take an early 12-5 lead. Wesley Matthews, just recently initiated into the Wizards’ Killer Fraternity, knocked down two of his first three three-pointers to start the game because of course he would. The Wizards three point defense was not pretty early as they were often left scrambling and for some reason would leave Matthews open.

John Wall got to the hole at ease in the first half including this nifty layup knifing through the Mavs’ defense.

The Wizards were up 49-42 with just two minutes to play in the half and endured a mini-letdown getting outscored 8-2 to end the quarter. Even so, the Wizards led 51-50 at halftime on 55 percent shooting.

The third quarter of this game was the Wizards’ best of the season. The Wizards opened up the half on a 17-5 run. Otto caught fire scoring 17 points on 7-8 field goals in the quarter. Gary Neal was hitting corner threes, John Wall was hitting threes late in the shot clock. The Wizards were up 90-72 and would coast to an easy win right?

The Wizards kept their turnovers in check for most of the game but started coughing the ball up in the fourth. The worst of them coming with just 32 seconds to play leading to an easy layup for the Mavs.

With the Wizards up one, and just 3.7 seconds to play; John Wall confidently walked to the line and knocked down two free throws to stretch the lead to three.

Dirk Nowitzki had a chance to tie the game but missed a three-pointer as time expired. Wizards avoid a huge meltdown, hang on 114-111.

Huge games all around: Otto Porter scored a career-high 28 points on 11-18 shooting. Otto was automatic in the third quarter knocking down 7-8 field goal attempts for 17 points in the period. John Wall’s December tear continues as he scored 26 points to go along with 16 assists. Wall looked very confident in his jump shot tonight, particularly from long range where we went 3-4. Marcin Gortat had a very nice game too logging 14 points on 7-9 shooting to go along with 12 rebounds.

Third quarter explosion: Anything the Wizards did in the third quarter worked. The team scored 39 points on 16-23 shooting (70 percent) including 6-8 (75 percent) from three-point range. Otto was unconscious, Wall was hitting threes from Steph Curry’s range, defensive rotations were crisp, and the ball was swinging from side to side. This was by far the team’s best quarter of the season as they stretched the lead out to 21 at one point.

Fourth quarter collapse: The Wizards were an ice cold 3-16 to start the fourth quarter. You could tell that the team tightened up and doubt started creeping into their minds. Shots that were falling in the third quarter weren’t falling in the fourth. The defense was lagging often leaving Mavs shooters wide open. Wesley Matthews hit just one three-pointer in the fourth quarter but J.J. Barea knocked down four.

As great as the Wizards were scoring 39 in the third quarter; they gave up 39 in the fourth. This game had #SoWizards written all over it but Nowitzki couldn’t hit a three-pointer as time expired to send the game into overtime.

Recap: Matthews Hits 10 Threes, Drop Wiz 116-104.

Wesley Matthews burned the Wizards with 36 points on 10-17 shooting from three-point range as the Mavericks beat the Wizards, 116-104. Once again, John Wall played very well logging 28 points, 10 assists, 4 rebounds, and 5 steals, before bruising his knee in the fourth quarter, but it wouldn’t be enough.

After starting Ryan Hollins at center for the second straight game, the Wizards quickly made an adjustment to go back to their smaller lineup. With Wall-Beal-Temple-Dudley-Blair on the floor, the Wizards were able to get out in transition and get some easy points against the Mavericks.

The Wizards used a 7-0 run to erase an early deficit to lead 14-10 midway through the quarter.  John Wall would find DeJuan Blair (can’t believe I’m typing that) who finished with a floater in the lane.

The small ball lineup bit the Wiz a little bit in the first quarter as they gave up six layups but even so, trailed by just one, 29-28 after the first.

Once again, Gary Neal started out the second quarter firing away as he knocked down two jumpers to start the quarter. Ramon Sessions then hit an acrobatic layup from behind the backboard as the Wizards regained the lead 36-34 at the 9:56 mark.

The Wizards then transitioned to their even smaller lineup of Wall-Neal-Temple-Porter-Dudley to go on a quick 8-0 run. The Wizards utilized a 18-7 run to take 48-41 lead. Gary Neal knocked down a corner three to give the Wizards a 10 points lead and it felt like the Wiz might be able to take a firm grip on this game.

That wouldn’t be the case as the Mavs closed the quarter on a 6-0 but the Wizards still held a 58-55 lead at halftime.

The Mavs carried over their hot shooting to start the third, mainly Wesley Matthews. Matthews scored 14 points in the third quarter including 4-5 from three-point range. He was knocking down contested threes, uncontested threes, it didn’t matter. Whenever he released the ball, it was going in.

The Wizards wouldn’t lay down though. John Wall also had himself quite the quarter scoring 14 points as well. There was a stretch in the quarter where Wall scored 12 straight points for the Wizards.

Towards the end of the third quarter, Wall took an outlet pass the length of the court, got fouled hard and made the bucket to cut the lead to one:

It felt like this could be the turning point the Wizards needed.

However, the Mavs regained the lead 87-84 going into the fourth.

Once again, Matthews was scorching hot to start the fourth knocking down his first three three-pointers. The Wizards went with the super small-ball lineup again of Wall-Beal-Neal-Porter-Dudley and double-teamed the post which left them scrambling on defense. Matthews was the beneficiary.

The Wizards made one last push when John Wall found Bradley Beal in the corner for three to cut the lead to six with just with just minutes to play. With the game all but out of reach, Wall banged knees with Jeremy Evans and had to be helped to the locker room. Not a pretty site for Wizards fans.

The Wiz scrapped tonight but the ball didn’t bounce their way in the second half. Mavs win 116-104.

The box score doesn’t tell the whole story: Yes the Wizards were out-rebounded 50-31, but they also took 13 more shots than the Mavericks tonight. The Wizards scrapped on defense, rotated fairly well on defense, dove for the 50/50 balls; but the ball seemed to bounce the Mavs’ way in the second half. It doesn’t help when a guy hits 10 threes on you either.

Wizards only commit 6 turnovers: The Wizards took care of the ball tonight only committing six turnovers. As a result, the Wizards got 13 more field goal attempts than the Mavs (89-76). They didn’t win but it was nice to see this team value the basketball and not make lazy passes.

Free Throw Shooting: The Wizards shot 12-21 (57 percent) from the free throw line tonight. That’s really, really bad. DeJuan Blair went 1-3, OK, no surprise. Ramon Sessions 3-6, not ideal. Bradley Beal was 3-6, which is not OK.