Wizards at Raptors Game 5 final score: Washington falls apart late in 108-98 loss to Toronto

The Wizards had no answer for DeMar DeRozan who scored a game-high 32 points as the Raptors beat the Wizards 108-98 taking a 3-2 series lead. Kyle Lowry scored 17 points but Delon Wright exploded for 18 off the bench for a Toronto team who can now close this series out on Friday night.

John Wall tried to will the Wizards to victory with 26 points, 9 assists, and 9 rebounds, but he ran out of gas late and none of the other Washington players were able to pick up the slack.

Bradley Beal scored 20 points and Kelly Oubre had a nice game with 14 points but it wouldn’t be enough as the Wizards now find themselves on the brink of elimination.

Washington falls apart in the fourth quarter

Washington played outstanding tonight – through three quarters. The Wizards took every punch from the Raptors but the one Toronto landed in the fourth quarter was just too much for Washington to overcome.

The Wizards led by five, 87-82 on a Kelly Oubre dunk just minutes into the fourth quarter and it looked like they might go on a run.

But that’s when everything started to fall apart as Toronto outscored the Wizards 26-11 to close out the game after that play. Regular season bad habits like turnovers, being loose with the ball, and taking very tough shots reared their ugly heads late in the game as Washington started the quarter just 6-17 from the field and scored just 20 points in the period.

Tip your cap to the Raptors’ bench, mainly, Delon Wright who came alive in the fourth quarter. With Toronto up one and the shot clock winding down, Wright hit a three from the right wing to put Toronto up 97-93 and the scoring onslaught ensued. The Wizards looked gassed down the stretch and showed no life over the final six minutes of the game as the final score wasn’t indicative of how close this game was.

Washington needs a complete 48-minute effort on Friday if they’re going to keep their season alive. Because like we saw in Game 1 and again tonight, playing the Raptors tough for 3.5 quarters isn’t enough to come away with the win.

A third scorer never emerges

John Wall continued to stuff the stat sheet with 26 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists. Bradley Beal chipped in with 20 (just 3 in the fourth quarter) but the team didn’t get a whole lot of offense from anyone else aside from Kelly Oubre (14 points).

The Wizards looked like they were trying to get Otto Porter going early on as he scored four points on 2-3 shooting in the opening minutes of the game. But Porter never really got going after that opening stretch as he ended the night with just nine points on 4-9 shooting.

Bradley Beal struggled once again in the fourth quarter as he only scored three points – on a three-pointer in garbage time. With Beal missing shots and Wall looking gassed in the fourth quarter, no one else emerged to get baskets for the Wizards.

That was the difference tonight as the backcourts essentially canceled each other out but Toronto had a third guy (Wright) explode for 18 points whereas Washington did not.

Washington couldn’t buy a basket in the second quarter

Ty Lawson drove into the teeth of the defense finding Kelly Oubre on the left wing for a three-pointer at the 9:02 mark giving Washington a 33-31 lead. After that bucket, the Wizards would go ice cold from the field.

Washington’s next made field goal came on a runner at the 3:56 mark to end what was a five minute and six second drought without a made basket. Fortunately for the Wizards, they were playing stout defense and were and were getting to the line where they knocked down 8-11 attempts in the first half.

Washington shot just 7-21 (33 percent) in the period and all things considered, it could have been a whole lot worse as the Wizards were down just one, 48-47 at halftime.

If I told you before the game that the Wizards would shoot 37.5 percent from the field in the first half yet would trail by just one, 48-47 at halftime; we’d all take it.

Game Notes

  • Marcin Gortat turned in another nice game with 10 points and 12 rebounds
  • The rotations and late game play calls remain a head-scratcher for this Washington team
  • The Wizards shot just 5-26 from three-point range
  • When a series is tied at two games apiece, the winner of Game 5 goes on to win the series 83 percent of the time
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Wizards at Spurs final score: San Antonio stifles Washington in 98-90 loss

The Washington Wizards had no answer for LaMarcus Aldridge who scored a game-high 27 points as the Spurs beat the Wizards 98-90 on Wednesday evening.

The Wizards stayed afloat through the first half of this game on the backs of Bradley Beal and Kelly Oubre. They combined for 23 of Washington’s 44 first half points as they trailed by just six at halftime, 50-44.

The tide turned in the third quarter. After Washington cut the lead to three, 52-49, the Spurs went on a 17-5 run to blow the game open en route to handing the Wizards their 18th straight loss in San Antonio.

The Wizards made a late run and were able to get as close as 12 with less than seven minutes left, but Scott Brooks had already waived the white flag and decided not to re-insert his starters.

Unfortunately for the Wizards, the loss drops them to sixth in the Eastern Conference thanks to the 76ers defeating the Grizzlies earlier in the evening. That’s just life in the Eastern Conference playoff race these days.

Takeaways

San Antonio Spurred the Wizards tonight

The Spurs roster has two 40-year olds, a couple of players that you’d have to google to make sure you’ve got their names right, not to mention multiple a few aging stars – yet here they were diving for loose balls and showing a sense of urgency that was lacking from the Wizards tonight.

San Antonio made all the hustle plays, grabbed 12 offensive rebounds, and they were just a step faster than Washington tonight, even though the Wizards hadn’t played since Saturday. There was a sequence in the third quarter where San Antonio missed three shots but Dejounte Murray was there to grab all three offensive rebounds and the Spurs’ persistence eventually led to free throws for Pau Gasol.

To compound their issues, Washington’s live-ball turnovers led to points on the other end for San Antonio. Washington turned the ball over 14 times resulting in 21 points for the Spurs.

Bradley Beal and Kelly Oubre eat. Everyone else? Not so much.

Beal singlehandedly kept the Wizards in this one for most of the first half. After missing his first shot of the game, he connected on his next five field goals for 11 first quarter points. The rest of the team only made three shots in the quarter.

He started the second half with a tough layup and foul amongst the trees as the Wizards were able to trim the lead to three 50-47 early in the second half. But the duo of Beal and Oubre didn’t get much scoring help from their teammates and got blown out as a result.

Kelly Oubre’s scoring has been up and down since the All-Star break. He turned in a pretty good performance in this one with 21 points and 10 coming in the first half. What’s the best way to bust out of a scoring slump? Get easy baskets – like this dunk in transition.

Oubre did just that as he wasn’t settling for jumpers early on as seven of his nine first-half field goal attempts came in the painted area where he connected on five of them.

Oubre scored 11 points after halftime, but most of them came in garbage time.

Game Notes

  • Mike Scott and Jodie Meeks both missed the game with flu-like symptoms. They probably wouldn’t have been enough to make the difference, but their absence goes to show just how razor-thin the Wizards are at certain positions
  • Small ball isn’t always the answer – The Wizards went big with Marcin Gortat and Ian Mahinmi matched up against LaMarcus Aldridge and they also went small with Markieff Morris guarding him. None of the guys were effective in slowing him down

Up Next: Washington heads back home for a game on Friday against the Denver Nuggets during which they’ll retire Phil Chenier’s number.

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

Takeaways

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.

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.

Wizards at Pacers final score: ‘Everyone Eats’ yet again as Washington rolls to a 111-102 victory over Indiana

Eight Wizards players scored in double figures this evening led by Bradley Beal with 21 as the Wizards knocked off the short-handed Pacers, 111-102. Otto Porter scored 13 points (11 in the second half) and the duo of Tim Frazier and Tomas Satoransky combined for 12 assists as Washington wins their fifth straight game and improves to 10-6 without John Wall on the season.

After racing out to a 28-23 lead after one quarter, like we’ve become accustomed to, Scott Brooks inserted all reserves only to watch the lead quickly vanish. But it was Kelly Oubre who got fouled shooting a three-pointer which sparked a Wizards 9-0 run as the Wizards regained control 42-34.

Bradley Beal hit this nasty step back jumper late in the second quarter, something we’ve become used to seeing on a nightly basis as the Wizards enjoyed a 58-49 lead at halftime.

After a slow first half, Otto Porter caught fire for the Wizards with 11 of his 13 points coming in the third quarter as Washington was able to take control of this game.

Jodie Meeks and Ian Mahinmi had some very timely baskets in the fourth quarter (yes, you read that correctly) as Washington was able to pull away for the 111-102 victory.

Everybody eats once again

As mentioned, eight Wizards players scored in double figures tonight led by Bradley Beal with 21 and Kelly Oubre Jr. with 15 off the bench. However, Ian Mahinmi and Jodie Meeks also scored in double figures tonight, something we’ve seldom seen from them this season.

Not only did the team share the scoring wealth, but the ball continued to zip around. Washington combined for 29 assists tonight, their fifth straight game with at least 25 assists and it was Tim Frazier and Tomas Satoransky who led the team in that department with six each.

Markieff Morris was terrific tonight as he notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists and Mike Scott was his usual efficient self, connecting on 5-10 field goals for 11 points as everyone eats for the fifth straight game.

Ian Mahinmi and Jodie Meeks both had really good games

Jodie Meeks, who’s stated that he wants out of Washington in hopes of playing for a team where he can have a more prominent role did well in his audition with 10 points on 4-6 shooting. Meeks knocked down his first three-pointer of the night and also hit a nice baseline jumper in the first half at a time when the Wizards were struggling to score.

Meeks backed that up with five fourth quarter points including a three-pointer in transition to give Washington a double-digit lead.

Ian Mahinmi played one of his best games for the Wizards tonight with 12 points on a perfect 4-4 shooting to go along with seven rebounds. Mahinmi was active on the offensive end bullying his was for easy layups and dunks all night.

Tip Ins:

  • Washington turned the Pacers over 15 times converting that into 29 points
  • The Wizards shot 14-17 (82 percent) from the free-throw line tonight

Up Next: Washington heads to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers tomorrow night.

Wizards at Pistons final score: Kelly Oubre scores career-high 26 points as the Wizards hang on for the 122-112 victory

Washington doesn’t like to make things easy on themselves, huh?

Kelly Oubre scored a career-high 26 points and all five starters scored in double figures as the Wizards hang on to beat the Detroit Pistons, 122-112. Bradley Beal scored 26 points while John Wall continued his January tear with 16 points and 11 assists to avoid a #SoWizards ending down the stretch of this one.

With the game tied at halftime, the Wizards used a third quarter explosion where they outscored Detroit 45-28 to take control of the game. Or so we thought.

But, Detroit had a run in them whenever it looked the Wizards might pull away. After leading by 20, a feisty Pistons team got hot in the fourth quarter and used a 10-2 run to cut the Wizards lead to just four, 104-100.

But Washington would not falter. Markieff Morris corralled an offensive rebound and kicked it out to Wall who knocked down a three to stretch the Wizards lead to seven, 107-100.

Late in the quarter, Bradley Beal shimmied his way free from Luke Kennard to put the Wizards up 113-104 and put this game on ice.

Wizards take control in the third quarter

After digging themselves into a bit of a hole to start the game, the Wizards were able to claw back in this one as we were all tied up 46 at halftime.

And that’s when the explosion occurred. John Wall, who went scoreless in the first half, got going in the third quarter on a high pick-and-roll with Gortat to get Wall an easy layup. Next time down, Wall buried a three-pointer for five quick points as the Wizards used a 14-6 run to take the lead.

Morris and Gortat, who were also quiet in the first half, were able to get their shots to fall too, mostly in the painted area. Otto Porter knocked down a three from the wing and so did Kelly Oubre late in the third quarter as the Wizards stretched the lead out to 20 at one point and led 91-74, entering the fourth quarter.

Washington shot a mind-boggling 16-20 from the field, went 6-8 from three-point range and committed just one turnover as they outscored the Pistons, 45-28 in the period.

Kelly Oubre with a huge game off the bench

As mentioned, Kelly Oubre scored a career-high 26 points tonight on a very efficient 9-14 shooting while going 5-9 from three-point range. From the moment Oubre checked into the game, he was in attack mode.

With the Wizards already in a 15-point first quarter hole, Oubre came in off the bench to end the Pistons run by knocking down a corner three-pointer. The next time down, Oubre pump-faked from nearly the same spot and drove to the hole for a dunk for a quick five points. Oubre went 4-7 from the field in the first half for 11 points and was a big reason why the Wizards were able to erase the deficit by halftime.

In the second half, it was déjà vu as Oubre came in late in the third quarter and knocked down a three almost immediately after entering the game. With 16 points entering the fourth quarter, you knew a career-high for Oubre was in reach.

Midway through the fourth quarter, the ball found its way to Oubre on the left wing and it hit the front end of the rim but the ball bounced in to tie his career-high with 22 points. With the game looking like it might have a #SoWizards ending to it, Bradley Beal found a rolling Morris who kicked it to Oubre for a three-pointer which he knocked down and got fouled.

Take a bow, Kelly.

A bounce-back game from Otto Porter

Its no secret that Porter has struggled with a sore hip and his play has suffered as a result. But tonight, Porter was able to put that aside as he finished the night with 16 points on 5-9 shooting while knocking down 4-5 three-pointers.

Porter had a pep in his step tonight that wasn’t there versus Charlotte and you could see it on the defensive end early on as he had three first half steals. Porter knocked down three of his first four three-point attempts and came up with many hustle plays on the offensive glass as the Wizards were able to fend off the Pistons down the stretch.

Tip Ins:

  • John Wall had a slow start as he had five assists but was scoreless in the first half. But, he going early in the third quarter and scored 16 points and added six more assists (11 total) after halftime.
  • Bradley Beal, who’s struggled in fourth quarters, was able to hit a big step-back jumper as well as his free-throws down the stretch.
  • Speaking of free-throws, the Wizards were a much-improved 24-27 (89 percent) from the line tonight.

Up Next

Washington continues their road trip on Monday as they take on the Dallas Mavericks

Bucks at Wizards: Bucks pull away late in the fourth quarter, drop Wizards 104-95

Washington’s offense falls apart late as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Wizards in Washington for the second time in nine days, 104-95. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks in scoring with 27 points and a career-high 19 rebounds as the Bucks snap their two-game losing skid.

John Wall led the Wizards in scoring with 27 points (16 in the first quarter) while Bradley Beal and Kelly Oubre Jr. both added 19 but aside of that trio, no other Wizards player scored more than eight points.

The lead seesawed back and forth for the majority of the game evidenced by 15 ties and 13 leads changes. Washington went cold down the stretch making just one of six free throw attempts and one field goal in the final five minutes of the game.

The Wizards two-game winning streak has been snapped and now faces their longest road trip of the year as their next five games will be played away from Capital One Arena.

Too many turnovers

After committing 23 turnovers the other night against a depleted Utah team, the Wizards tied their season-high again in turnovers with 23 this afternoon. Bradley Beal was terrible handling the ball tonight as he had seven turnovers of his own. Too often, Beal got caught with the ball in the air or made a lazy cross-court pass that inevitably got picked off.

The Bucks were opportunistic with the Wizards turnovers turning them into 25 points on the other end. The Bucks had many live ball steals of the pick-six variety that led to easy layups or dunks on the other end. With the Wizards trying to make one last push, Markieff Morris threw the ball away to Khris Middleton on a lazy cross-court pass which led to a layup that untimely killed the Wizards comeback chances.

Washington gets no scoring help outside of Wall, Beal, and Oubre

Wall, Beal, and Oubre were the only three Wizards players to crack double-figures in scoring this afternoon. Otto Porter had eight points today but one of those baskets came with the game already out of hand.

Ball movement stopped in the fourth quarter and the Wizards returned to playing hero-ball which rarely bodes well. Beal continued to go ice cold in the fourth quarter as he was 0-4 from the field and John Wall struggled to score after the first quarter unless he was getting to the line.

The only other semi-scoring option that the Wizards had tonight was Satoransky who chipped in with seven off of the bench.

Washington has no answer for Eric Bledsoe

Bledsoe torched the Wizards with 23 points on 8-15 shooting but more impressively, he was able to get whatever shot he wanted at will. When the Wizards went under screens, he’d knock down open jumpers. When Washington tried guarding him one on one, he’d fly right by his defender. Not to mention Washington had no chance of slowing down Bledsoe when he got out in the open floor.

The Bucks thrive in transition but aren’t that great in the half-court when running their offense. As a result, Bledsoe and the Bucks made the Wizards pay and it was the difference today.

Tip Ins

  • Bradley Beal’s streak of 11 straight games with 20+ points is snapped as he scored just 19 today.
  • Wall found Satoransky on two occasions where he reminded us of the hops he has:

  • Mike Scott apparently is human as he was just 2-5 from the field tonight for five points.