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.

Takeaways

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.

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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.