Clippers at Wizards final score: Washington sneaks by short-handed Clippers for a 100-91 victory

They aren’t all pretty, but the Wizards will take any win they can get.

Mike Scott leads the way for Washington with 22 points as the Wizards sneak past the short-handed Clippers, 100-91. Bradley Beal added 20 points and John Wall scored 15 as the Wizards avenge their loss to Los Angeles just six days ago.

Washington led by as many as 18 in the first half but it was déjà vu all over again as they blew the lead in the fourth quarter as the Clippers tied the game at 82. The Wizards took control down the stretch of the game with a 15-3 run highlighted by a Kelly Oubre four-point play.

John Wall put the fork in this one with a tough jumper at the foul line and the foul, to surge the Wizards to victory.

Takeaways

The Wizards are playing with fire

If there’s one constant with this team, it’s that no lead is big enough. Once again, the Wizards found themselves up 18 points against an injury-riddled team only to implode and let the Clippers keep this one interesting. Washington’s poor habits continued to rear their ugly heads tonight. Too many turnovers, poor efforts on defense and poor shooting allowed the Clippers to get back in this one.

Just like against the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday night, they didn’t get burned; although if they were playing a halfway decent team, there’s no way they win this game.

Mike Scott strengthens his argument

Mike Scott tied a season-high tonight leading the Wizards with 22 points in just 24 minutes of play. Scott saw more playing time tonight as Markieff Morris was in foul trouble most of the evening.

Scott continues to hit tough floaters in the lane, timely three-pointers and is active on the offensive glass. The veteran only missed one shot tonight (9-10 from the field) and connected on 2-3 three-point attempts.

It’s going to be very hard for Scott to maintain this pace, however, while he’s hot, the coaching staff needs to ride his hot hand over Markieff Morris.

John Wall has another up and down performance

John Wall wasn’t very good for most of the night. He took far too many tough jumpers and was loose with the ball evidenced by his five turnovers. He shot just 5-16 from the field and was 1-6 from range.

However, Wall came up big down the stretch with a nice assist to Gortat for an easy dunk and a tough jumper and the foul to ice the game.

As Wall continues to return from injury, it would be nice to see him focus more on setting teammates up rather than jack up a ton of shots because not many of them are falling right now.

Game Notes

  • Washington had two separate 12-0 runs in the first half.
  • Kelly Oubre Jr. completed a four-point play in the midst of a key Washington run late as they pulled away.

  • Otto Porter suffered a right thigh bruise in the first quarter and never returned.

Up Next  

LeBron James and the red-hot Cavaliers come to Washington on Sunday night. The last time the Cavs were in town, James scored 57 against the Wizards.

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Wizards vs. Timberwolves final score: Late heroics by Otto Porter lift Washington to 92-89 win

There must have been a full moon in Minnesota Tuesday night.

At several points in the game, Washington looked dead in the water. But they continued to claw back behind the extraordinary play from Otto Porter to beat the Timberwolves, 92-89.

Otto Porter scored a game-high 22 points for Washington followed by Kelly Oubre Jr. with 16 off the bench. Mike Scott and Jodie Meeks added 12 points a piece as Washington’s bench combined for a season-high 49 points to help the team snap their two-game losing skid.

Takeaways

Otto Porter comes through in the clutch

Scott Brooks has caught heat for the lack of plays run for Otto Porter. Well, tonight, he went to Otto not once, but twice in crunch time and Porter came through for the Wizards.

First, Brooks ran a play to get Porter isolated on the block and he converted a tough layup with 55 seconds to play. The next time down the court, Otto found the ball in his hands near the right elbow to bury the jump shot and give Washington a 91-89 lead.

As a fan base, we’ve been screaming for Brooks to call Otto’s number down the stretch of games. He did so tonight, twice; and it paid off.

It’s time for Kelly Oubre to replace Markieff Morris in the starting lineup

This has been looming for a while but the stench was all too obvious tonight. From the get-go, Washington looked slower and inferior athletically, specifically at the power forward and center positions. And this is becoming a common theme night after night.

Markieff Morris is no longer on a minutes restriction so one can assume that he’s healthy. It’s unclear as to why he’s starting over Kelly Oubre as Oubre has proven to be the better player so far this season.

Oubre came in and was instant offense off the bench this evening with 16 points. Morris, on the other hand, was missing open shots, committed silly turnovers, and was no match for Taj Gibson or worse, Karl-Anthony Towns when switched onto either of them.

It’s hard to be competitive in today’s NBA if you don’t have athletic and interchangeable players in the 1-4 positions, and tonight was a prime example.

The bench provides a huge spark in the first half

In what was probably their best collective effort for a half, the bench outscored the starters 25-18 at the midway point of this game (yes, you read that correctly).

After starting the game 4 of 16 from the field, the bench sparked a run for the Wizards connecting on 10 of their next 16 field goals to regain the lead 34-32 early in the second quarter. Scott Brooks opted to go with the much-criticized all-bench lineup in the first half and it paid off as they outplayed the starters (and it wasn’t really close if we’re going to be honest).

Kelly Oubre was the first player off the Washington sideline and was in attack mode early on as he was able to navigate through the paint for some easy baskets.

Jodie Meeks, who has been less than stellar so far this year, maybe, just maybe, broke through as he scored nine points in the first half knocking down his first three three-pointers (4 of 6 overall). Meeks has had open looks this season but they hadn’t been falling, that wasn’t the case in the first half.

Meeks’ hot streak was key to Washington’s 16-2 extended run from the first quarter into the second quarter to keep the Wizards in this one.

Game Notes

  • Bradley Beal was held under 20 points for the first time in seven games.
  • Don’t look now but the #FreeSato movement is catching momentum. Sato actually received six more minutes of playing time than Frazier.
  • Three of Washington’s starters – Frazier, Morris, and Gortat did not play in the fourth quarter.
  • Ian Mahinmi played well tonight. Seriously.

Next up: The Wizards are back in action Wednesday as they take on the 76ers in a rematch of the season opener, but this time, they’ll be in Philadelphia.

Wizards at Bucks Final Score: Washington uses a balanced attack to drop Milwaukee, 99-88.

Bradley Beal continued his hot shooting leading the way with 23 points as the Wizards beat the Bucks 99-88. Kelly Oubre added 18 points off the bench on 6-8 shooting on a night where Washington had six players score in double figures.

The Wizards held Giannis Antetokounmpo in check for most of the evening as the Greek Freak did score 23 points but on 8-21 shooting.

This was a terrific all-around team effort for the Wizards as they win one on the second half of a back-to-back, something that was a rarity last season.

TAKEAWAYS

Kelly Oubre provided a huge spark off the bench

Kelly Oubre checked into the game knocking down his first three-pointer late in the first quarter and you knew it would be one of those evenings for the third-year wing. As mentioned Oubre was 6-8 from the field including 3-5 from three-point range.

The reserves scored the first 18 points to start the fourth quarter for Washington including a personal 5-0 from Oubre in there. Everything was clicking for him tonight. He was knocking down catch-and-shoot threes, attacking the weak side for putbacks, and even showing off his pull-up jumper.

Once again, when the Wizards get a spark from Oubre, they often come away with the win.

Bradley Beal continues his hot scoring streak

Bradley Beal had another great game with 23 points on just 10-16 shooting. Again, Beal started hot connecting on 4-5 first shots for nine first-quarter points.

Things really got cooking for Beal in the third quarter as he knocked down a three-pointer early in the period. That would be a record-breaking 700th three-pointer becoming the youngest player in the NBA to reach 700 made threes.

The sharpshooter ended the quarter on a personal 7-0 run as the Wizards began to pull away from Milwaukee.

Too many turnovers

Washington committed 18 turnovers resulting in 18 points for the Bucks. It didn’t come back to haunt them tonight, but that’s too many for this team to be giving up. Unfortunately for the Wizards, many of these were live ball turnovers giving the Bucks easy transition opportunities.

And although they won’t show up as a turnover in the stat sheet, Washington missed a bunch of bunnies at the rim that the Bucks turned into layups and dunks on the other end.

GAME NOTES

  • Marcin Gortat notched his 6th double-double of the season with 10 points and 15 rebounds
  • Outside of Oubre, the bench combined to score a measly 10 points.
  • Free-throw shooting was better but still not great as the Wizards were 12-17 (70 percent) from the charity stripe.

Up Next

Washington heads to Charlotte to finish off their mini eastern conference road trip.

Wizards vs. Raptors final score: Washington falters without John Wall in 100-91 loss

Two weeks ago to the day, Washington went into Toronto and beat the Raptors without John Wall. The sequel would not be as enjoyable as the Wizards fall to the Raptors Sunday night, 100-91.

DeMar DeRozan led the way for the Raptors with 33 points as Toronto evened the season series with Washington.

John Wall sat this game out with swelling in his knee and the Wizards wouldn’t have the firepower late to keep up with the Raptors. The short-handed Wizards were competitive for most of the contest but ran out gas in the fourth quarter.

Bradley Beal scored 27 points (22 in the first half) while Marcin Gortat stuffed the stat sheet with 12 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists.

Takeaways

Bradley Beal continues to score at a high rate

With John Wall out, the Wizards needed a big game from Bradley Beal to stay competitive tonight and he delivered. Bradley Beal scored 27 points on 11-23 shooting including going 5-9 from three-point range.

Beal was the primary option for the Wizards early on. The sharp-shooter scored 12 points for Washington in the first quarter on 5-8 shooting and outside of a mini spark from Kelly Oubre, was Washington’s only scoring threat in the first half.

Bradley Beal cooled off in the second half as he scored just five points (and was held scoreless in the fourth quarter), totaling 27 for the night.

Points in the paint and offensive rebounding doomed Washington in the first half

These things tend to go hand-in-hand – when you give up offensive rebounds, that usually leads to easy baskets for the other squad. That was the case for the Raptors who destroyed Washington on the offensive glass this evening, especially in the first half.

In just the first half alone, Toronto grabbed eight offensive rebounds and made Washington pay. Jonas Valnciunas grabbed two offensive boards in the first half and flipped up the missed shots for easy baskets in the lane. Already a great scorer, the ball often found it’s way to DeMar DeRozan on these second-chance opportunities as he also had too many easy baskets around the hole.

As a result, the Raptors had nine more shots (51-42) than Washington in the first half.

Free-throw shooting plagues the Wizards

Was this the only reason Washington lost? No. However, it’s pretty concerning that this is something we have to talk about after nearly every game. Washington was 11-19 (57.9 percent) from the charity stripe this evening. Jodie Meeks knocked down 5-6 attempts and was the only Wizards player to have a respectable showing from the line.

Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Mike Scott, and Tim Frazier combined to shoot less than 50 percent from the line whereas neither Beal, Gortat, or Morris even attempted a free-throw tonight.

Game Notes

  • Washington shot better from three-point range (8-13) than they did from the free-throw line (5-11) in the first half.
  • Markieff Morris took a shot to the face diving for a loose ball in the first quarter. Morris looked to be shaken up but didn’t miss any time. Morris took yet another shot in the second half when he got sandwiched going up for a loose ball. Again, he played through it.
  • Kelly Oubre connected on 2-3 shots of the catch-and-shoot variety but was 0-4 from the field when trying to create his own shot.

Next up: The Wizards will be back in action on Monday as they head to Milwaukee to take on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks.

Wizards vs. Kings final score: Washington picks up third straight win with 110-92 victory over Sacramento

John Wall had a near perfect game with 21 points on 8 of 9 shooting as the Wizards blew out the Kings, 110-92 on Monday night. Marcin Gortat added 18 points while Otto Porter and Mike Scott chipped in with 15 points each as the Wizards won their third straight home game.

Washington’s energy mimicked the energy of the half-empty crowd to start the game as Sacramento raced out to an early 27-17 lead. It wasn’t until the bench was inserted late in the first quarter that the Wizards got the jolt they needed. The all-bench unit spurred a run to get Washington going and even up the score before the starters came back into the game and helped the Wizards take the lead going into halftime.

Washington blew things wide open in the third quarter. The Wizards started the period 5-6 from the field to stretch the lead to 14 and (almost) never looked back. Scott Brooks had to reinsert the starters for a few moments after the Kings cut the lead down to 13, but Washington handled their business down the stretch to close out their homestand with their third-straight win.

Takeaways

John Wall has a perfect first half

John Wall said that he wasn’t 100 percent himself as he was still battling illness. You couldn’t tell from his play in the first half. Wall confidently stepped into two three-pointers to start this game and was a perfect 4-4 from the field for 10 points before he got subbed out.

The Wallstar came back in the second quarter and picked up right where he left off knocking down another three-pointer in transition as the Wizards stretched the lead to seven. Wall ended the half a perfect 6-6 from the field including 3-3 from three-point range for 16 points.

In the second half, he put on a show as the Wizards pulled away:

The bench turns in another solid performance

Scott Brooks, who’s still toying with the rotations, went with an all-reserve lineup at the 1:49 mark of the first quarter. It’s cost them in the past, but tonight it was a strength for Washington as the reserves would go on a 15-2 run from the 1:49 mark in the first quarter to the 8:00 mark of the second quarter to regain the lead for Washington.

Kelly Oubre Jr. was the leader off the bench as he notched seven points and seven rebounds in the first half. He was very active on the defensive end with two ‘Pick-6’s’ resulting in easy layups on the other end. He also had had several deflections forcing the Kings to scramble for the ball and put up tough shots late in the shot clock. He finished with 12 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes of play. He capped it off by doing his dance and finishing with a nasty dunk.

Mike Scott continued his resurrection season as he was the first man off the Washington bench tonight scoring 15 points including going a perfect 4-4 from the field and 2-2 from three-point range in the first half.

Game Notes

  • Marcin Gortat made his 95th consecutive start, the fourth-longest active streak in the league.
  • Our old friend Garrett Temple was one of the only bright spots for the Kings tonight scoring 11 points on 4 of 6 shooting in his return to D.C.

Wizards at Raptors final score: Beal scores 38 as the Wizards get rare road win in Toronto

Washington has had trouble against Toronto in the regular season in years past. But that didn’t matter tonight as a shorthanded Wizards team goes into Toronto and comes away with the victory, 107-96.

Bradley Beal scored a game-high 38-points to cap off a week in which he averaged 38 per game. Otto Porter was his usual efficient self, scoring 19 points including a big three-pointer to put the Wizards up 103-88 late in the fourth quarter.

Marcin Gortat notched another double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds while Kelly Oubre Jr. added 10 points off the Wizards bench.

On paper, this looked like a loss as the Wizards just lost a heart-breaker to the Cavs and were playing without All-Star John Wall, who sat out with a shoulder injury. But everyone chipped in just enough as the Wizards come away with the win.

Bradley Beal continues his hot shooting

Bradley Beal’s effort in the Cleveland game was overshadowed by LeBron’s 57 points. He won’t be forgotten after tonight. As mentioned, Beal scored 38 points on 16-26 shooting (62 percent) including going 4-6 (66 percent) from three-point range. The sharpshooter wasn’t just settling for jumpers though. Beal was getting to the rim on give-and-go’s with Gortat resulting in layups as well as creating his own shot off the dribble.

With the absence of Wall, Beal found the ball in his hands more often tonight. Not only was Beal getting his baskets, but he was good as a facilitator ending the night with four assists. His most important dime came late in the fourth quarter as he found a wide-open Oubre in the corner for three to give Washington a 100-87 lead.

Beal was absolutely terrific tonight capping off the best week of his career.

Washington was solid from three-point range

After a nice three-point shooting output against Phoenix, the Wizards shooting from range plummeted from distance against the Cavs. So it was nice to see Washington get back in a rhythm from three-point range. Porter, Beal, and Oubre were the sharpshooters tonight as the trio combined to go 9-15 from range this evening.

Washington was knocking down threes early on to build on their lead, while each of the three guys knocked down three-pointers late to seal the game.

Rotations are still a mystery

Even though the Wizards were short-handed, Scott Brooks opted to go with all-bench lineups in the second and fourth quarters. To no one’s surprise, that didn’t really work out. In the second quarter, both teams were playing very sloppily so it didn’t cost Washington. However, in the fourth quarter, the bench allowed the Raptors back in this one to trim the lead to three at one point. Brooks was then forced to play Porter and Beal the rest of the way.

Tip Ins

  • Kyle Lowry was ejected from the game with two quick technical fouls in the second quarter. Lowry thought he got fouled on a play then said the magic words to the officials which got him tossed.
  • Tim Frazier was just ok in his relief for Wall. Frazier wasn’t much of a scoring threat as he only scored four points but chipped in with eight assists.
  • Markieff Morris continued to knock the rust off with 18 minutes of playing time. Morris scored 10 points even though he was just 2-8 from the field. However, he did knock down 6-8 free throws.

Up Next

Washington heads home to take on the lowly Dallas Mavericks Tuesday evening.

LeBron James scores 57 as the Cavs drop the Wizards 130-122

Bradley Beal said earlier this morning that he thought Washington was ‘the best team in the east.’ This past postseason, Beal and Richard Jefferson got in a Twitter beef because he thought the Cavs were ducking them. Well, LeBron James set the record straight tonight.

James scored a season-high 57 points to go along with 11 rebounds and seven assists as the Cavs beat the Wizards 130-122 and stop their four-game skid.

Bradley Beal was terrific tonight scoring 36 points on 12-19 shooting tonight however his performance was clearly overshadowed. John Wall had a very rough shooting night as he was just 4-13 from the field for 13 points but did dish out 15 assists.

Washington has struggled mightily on the defensive end this season. And tonight, James and the Cavs blew the lid off.

Washington’s defense was abysmal

The Wizards gave up 121 points to the lowly Suns the other night and you knew that if they didn’t clean things up and quickly, it would be an uphill battle. Well, they did absolutely nothing to make one think they care the slightest bit on the defensive end.

Cleveland was scorching hot from the field in the first quarter going 17-22 from the field as they scored 42 in the opening period. Washington wasn’t locked in, they weren’t rotating, weren’t boxing out, and well, weren’t really doing anything well defensively tonight.

Late in the game, John Wall was the primary defender on James. And although he did an ok job on him, the Wizards never opted to double-team him until after the game was already out of hand. Couple that with coach Scott Brooks’s decision to go with an all-reserve lineup really made you scratch your head at times.

When you give a defensive effort like this, of course, you’ll give up 130 points.

Something is not right with John Wall 

Don’t let Wall’s stat line fool you, he didn’t play that great of a game tonight. Wall’s struggles from the field continue as he was just 4-13 and missed all three of his three-point attempts.

There were a couple of occasions where Wall drove and didn’t get the call so he continued to try and force the issue. As a result, he missed guys for open shots as his head was down trying to barrel through the lane for a call.

Things got uglier when he got to the line. Wall was just 5-12 (42 percent) from the free-throw line tonight. That’s bad. Really, really bad.

Tip Ins

  • Kelly Oubre Jr. scored a career-high 21 points while also knocking down a career-high five three-pointers. Oubre was terrific off of the bench for the Wizards and added a much-needed scoring punch. However, it looks like Oubre might be a little lighter in the wallet after tonight.
  • Mike Scott continued to play well scoring 12 points off the bench. Scott’s hot streak started in Sacramento and has carried over into these past two games. Having an extra big man could be very valuable down the road.
  • Ian Mahinmi is a lost cause and he probably shouldn’t be seeing too much more action. Mahinmi played just 12 minutes tonight but committed two turnovers and racked up four fouls in his limited play. No need to beat a dead horse, you already know, there’s not a whole lot that Mahinmi can do well right now.

Up Next

The Wizards head north of the border to take on the Toronto Raptors Sunday night.