Wizards run out of gas, fall to Pacers 105-89

Seven Pacers players score in double-figures led by Myles Turner with 18 points as Indiana downed a tired Washington squad, 105-89 on Sunday.

Only four Wizards players cracked double-figures in the game, led by Markieff Morris with 16 off the bench, but it wouldn’t be nearly enough as this one had ‘schedule loss’ written all over it after their thrilling triple overtime win over the Suns on Saturday evening.

The Wizards played about as well as one would hope to start this game. Even though the Wizards turned the ball over six times in the opening period and shot just 8-for-18 from the field, they found themselves down just two points one quarter.

After a John Wall turnover, it looked like the Pacers might open the floodgates up in this one as the ball found it’s way to Bojan Bogdanovic in the corner for a three-pointer giving Indiana a 44-32 lead. But Washington had an answer. Back-to-back threes from Morris and Jeff Green trimmed the Pacers lead to six and the Wizards were able to get as close as three after Thomas Bryant converted an and-one opportunity.

Indiana would counter with a 7-0 run of their own to take a 53-43 lead into halftime.

You usually don’t see fatigue in teams on the second half of a back-to-back until the second half — and that was the case for Washington. After hanging around, the Pacers ripped off a 16-1 extended run to open the game up 76-57 in the third quarter.

The deficit would be too much to overcome as Scott Brooks emptied the bench for the entire fourth quarter to close this one out as Washington was held to a season-low 89 points in the loss.

Takeaways

Wizards fall apart in the third quarter

The Wizards did a good job hanging around in this one during the first half, which was really all you could ask for from a team playing the second half of a back-to-back in less than 24 hours. Once the adrenaline wore off and the dead legs kicked in, Washington’s chance of sneaking away with a victory went out the window.

Washington was only able to muster 18 points in the third quarter as they were outscored 31-18 in the period.

However, the highlight of the period came on a basket that didn’t count. Bradley Beal stole the ball from a Pacers player, passed it off to Trevor Ariza who found a streaking Green for a monstrous dunk over Victor Oladipo.

This basket was waived off due to an offensive foul, but that doesn’t take away from how spectacular this dunk was.

Turnovers haunt the Wizards

The Wizards were in the giving spirit as they coughed the ball up 22 times, equaling the number they gave up the night before. John Wall was the main culprit with seven turnovers on the evening, including six in the first half.

No turnover is good, however, the ones the Wizards committed tonight would rank lowest on the totem pole. Too many times, guys would try to thread the needle after driving into a crowded lane or they’d turn it over attempting to save a loose ball heading out of bounds only to lead to transition opportunities for the Pacers.

The first half would have been a whole lot closer however the Wizards committed 13 turnovers leading to 20 Indiana points. Nine second-half turnovers added insult to injury as you aren’t going to win many games when committing 22 turnovers.

Washington gets nothing from their backcourt

Bradley Beal played over 50 minutes last night and you could tell. He looked gassed from the get-go and as a result, was only able to muster up seven points on 2-for-11 shooting in just 23 minutes of action.

John Wall on the other hand, was playing like a guy on the second half of a back-to-back, except he didn’t play last night due to flu-like symptoms that seemed to still be affecting his play. His numbers were equally as bad as he also only scored seven points and turned the ball over seven times.

The Wizards aren’t going to be competitive in games when these guys only combine for 14 points.

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Orlando at Washington Final Score: Wizards clamp down late defensively, beat Magic 117-109

John Wall led the way with 25 points and Bradley Beal notched 21 as Washington exacts revenge on Monday night taking down Orlando, 117-109. Jeff Green was outstanding once again with 18 points on 6-7 shooting and Dwight Howard added 17 points against his former team for a Washington squad that’s won consecutive games for the first this season.

In one of the more odd things you’ll ever see, this game was tied at the end of the first quarter (30-30), halftime (55-55), and third quarter (83-83).

Terrance Ross hit rough back-to-back shots to start the fourth quarter and this had all the makings of him getting his jersey retired in the #WizardsKiller hall of fame. Excellent defensive effort coupled with Jeff Green’s stellar play in the fourth quarter (10 points) opened up a comfortable lead for Washington.

With under two minutes remaining, John Wall put this game on ice as he blocked Evan Fournier’s three-point attempt only to get fouled and head down the other way for free-throws.

Washington wins, 117-109 starting this five-game homestand off on the right foot.

John Wall turns in a vintage John Wall game

Wall logged his third double-double of the season with 25 points, 10 assists, and just two turnovers. Wall was able to get out in transition and attacked the hole with many of his points coming in the painted area. He was much more selective with his three-point shooting only taking three attempts (knocked down two) as he bullied the smaller D.J. Augustin.

Most importantly, Wall was engaged on the defensive end, specifically in the second half and it kick-started the Wizards.

Jeff Green turns in another outstanding performance  

Jeff Green was a near perfect 6-7 from the field for 18 points with his lone miss coming on a heave as the shot clock was winding down. Green provided a spark off the bench that Washington has desperately been looking for to start this season.

He was knocking down his threes, was very effective as the roll man with Wall in the pick-and-roll and had many timely buckets evidenced by his 10 points in the fourth quarter.

Jeff Green turned in a classic Jeff Green game only now, he’s in a Wizards uniform. Who would have thought?

Looks like Brooks has found something with the Wall-Beal-Oubre-Morris-Green lineup

For the second straight game, Brooks closed with Wall-Beal-Oubre-Morris-Green on the floor. Otto Porter and Dwight Howard didn’t play a second in the fourth quarter as it looks like Brooks might be onto something with a different iteration of small ball lineup.

This is definitely something to keep an eye out for, especially if you’re Otto Porter.

Recap: Celtics at Wizards

AP Photo/Nick Wass
AP Photo/Nick Wass

Recap: Wow… Where do I start? The blown 23 point lead? The overtime deficits? John Wall? Paul Pierce???

In back to back games versus the Celtics in as many nights, the Wizards came out slow and cold, shooting 0-5 from the field to start. The Celtics were hot starting out 3-4 from the field respectively.   Once again, it was The Truth, Paul Pierce who got the Wizards started scoring their first five points (This is getting repetitive) and 28 points overall on 9-12 shooting… No that’s not a typo, 28 points on 9-12 shooting. Jeff Green, the infamous Wizards killer and Georgetown Alum coming back home, came out hot himself with 12 points in the first quarter.

Bench play took over for both teams in the second quarter. The Wizards got some nice play from Andre Miller, Rasual Butler, and Kevin Seraphin. Kevin was very active in the second quarter going 4-4 from the field including a powerful put back dunk. The Professor, Andre Miller utilized his old man moves to post up Marcus Smart and put him in tough defensive positions.

Paul Pierce re-entered this game and hit a free throw at the 3:33 mark to move him up to 16th all time in NBA scoring, passing Reggie Miller. Paul received a nice ovation from the crowd. Fitting how it was against his former team right? The Wizards used a nice 13-2 run to close out the half up 13, 58-45.

The third quarter started off nicely with John Wall picking up his 10th assist two minutes into the 3rd quarter. John, who would end the night with 17 assists, now has five straight games with 12+ assists; a Wizards franchise record. The Wizards stretched the lead to 23 at one point in the 3rd quarter. An 8-0 run with hot shooting from Evan Turner and Marcus Smart cut the Wiz lead to 16 entering the 4th. This would be an easy run away win for the home team right? WRONG…

The Celtics bench took over in the 4th playing almost the entirety of the quarter. The Celtics bench scored a whopping 82 points. And I thought the Wizards bench played nicely…. The Celtics bench had four players with 18+ points. The game changed halfway through the 4th when Brandon Bass scored on back to back jump shots and Marcus Thornton who was relatively quiet, had a layup to cut the lead to eight with six minutes to play.

The Wizards really started to tighten up. Sloppy passes, uncertain plays on offense, and poor defensive rotations hurt the Wizards in the quarter. It also looked like the Celtics just wanted it more.

The Wizards stretched the lead to four on a John Wall jump shot. The Celtics scored a bucket then fouled Kris Humphries. He hits both free throws and the game is over, easy right? Kris splits the two. Down by three with no timeouts; the Celtics push the ball and Kelly Olynyk jacks up a three which is way off. The ball bounces around and ends up in Evan Turner’s hands. He runs to the three point line on the right corner (Very Ray Allen esk) shoots a three and hits it with .6 seconds to play. Game tied at 110.

Overtime starts with a quick three pointer by Marcus Smart and some lackadaisical passes resulting in turnovers for the Wizards. The Wiz dug themselves into a seven point deficit and it looked all but over with two minutes to go. John Wall would find Marcin Gortat cutting to the hoop who makes the layup and gets fouled. Lead is cut to four. After a split pair of free throws and a bucket by Evan Turner, the Wizards were down three with under a minute to play. Who else but The Truth knocks down a three pointer at the top of the key with 38 seconds to go to tie the game at 121. The Wizards had an opportunity to take the lead after a missed shot by the Celtics. With a five second difference on the shot clock and game clock, John Wall turned the ball over. Evan Turner pushed the ball to Brandon Bass who shot a layup that rolled off the rim as time expired.  Everyone exhale.   Game is tied at 121, we’re going to double OT.

Double OT was more of the same. Marcus Smart hit a three pointer on the Celtics first possession and the Celtics regained the lead by seven again with 2:39 to play. The Wizards weren’t going to come back from this deficit again were they? John Wall continued to stay aggressive and attack the rim. The first time, he got fouled and split the free throws. The second time down, he crossed over at the top of the key and made an acrobatic reverse layup from behind the hoop to cut the lead to two with 1:30 to play. Paul Pierce hit a jumper in the lane to tie the ball game. Next time down, John drove to the hole once again and got fouled. Once again he split the free throws giving the Wizards a one point lead. With under 10 seconds to play, the Celtics drew up a play up for Evan Turner to take the final shot… He did but it didn’t fall. WIZARDS WIN 133-132. Wiz improve to 14-6 and take on Orlando Wednesday night.

Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images
Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

Notes: Once again, John Wall had a crazy stat line of 26 points, 7 rebounds, 17 assists, and 3 steals. As stated, Paul Pierce scored 28 points on a very effective 9-12 from the field.

The Celtics bench scored a season high 82 points. Rajon Rondo was held to zero points and did not play after the third quarter.