Hornets at Wizards final score: Third time isn’t a charm as the Wizards fall to the Hornets for the third time this year, 122-105

The Hornets have the Wizards number this year.

The third time isn’t a charm as the Wizards get blown out by the Hornets Friday night 122-105, losing to Charlotte for the third time this season. Bradley Beal scored a game-high 33 points and Otto Porter added 16 but it wouldn’t be enough for a Washington team that found itself in a double-digit hole for most of the contest.

After a big win in Cleveland just the night before, this one had ‘trap game’ written all over it. Washington came out sluggish on defense and careless with the basketball committing six turnovers in the opening period while also giving up 36 points to a Charlotte team who struggles to score on the road.

Bradley Beal stole an inbounds pass with just one second remaining in the half and knocked down a three-pointer as time expired to trim the deficit to 12 at halftime 67-55 as the Wizards showed signs of life.

The Wizards were able to cut the lead to six, 75-69 in the third quarter on the heels of a 9-0 run. But Charlotte answered Washington’s counterpunch as the Hornets lead quickly ballooned back to double figures and they wouldn’t look back.

Turnovers doom Washington

After committing just 10 turnovers against the Cavs a night before, Washington eclipsed that number by halftime tonight with 11 turnovers and 14 for the game. Too many lazy cross-court passes ended up with live ball turnovers and easy transition opportunities for the Hornets.

Charlotte made Washington pay for their mistakes as they scored 26 points off Washington’s 11 first-half turnovers. Those lazy live ball passes resulted in easy layups at the rim for the Hornets as well as wide open three-pointers in transition.

Washington did clean up their act in the second half as they committed just three turnovers after halftime, but the damage had already been done.

Washington’s defense was awful tonight

Chalk it up to tired legs, a hangover from the Cleveland game, or whatever narrative you want to paint; Washington’s defense was downright awful this evening. Charlotte, a team that hung 77 points on the Wizards in the first half the last time the last time they played, weren’t far off tonight as they had 67 points tonight at halftime.

The Wizards weren’t communicating on defense evidenced as players got caught in-between switches and defensive rotations. Washington did a poor job defending the three-point line and Charlotte made them pay knocking down 17 three-pointers this evening on 39 attempts (44 percent).

The Wizards were a step slow on the defensive end the entire evening and just like the previous contest, the result was a blowout loss against another sub .500 team.

Tip Ins

  • Washington continues to knock down their free-throws connecting on 16-17 attempts from the charity stripe tonight
  • Outside of Kelly Oubre who had 11 points, the Wizards got next to nothing in production off the bench
  • After being held scoreless for nearly the entire first half, Kemba Walker caught fire scoring a team-high 24 points for Charlotte

Up Next: Washington’s hell week begins on Sunday evening with a home date against the red-hot Philadelphia 76ers.

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Wizards vs. Hornets final score: Washington run off the floor in 133-109 loss to Charlotte

The Wizards added another embarrassing loss to their collection this season as they fell to the Hornets 133-109 on Wednesday night.

Seven Charlotte players scored in double-figures led by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with 21 points as the Hornets came out on fire to put the Wizards away early in this one.

Bradley Beal was one of the few bright spots for the Wizards as he scored 26 points (20 in the first half), but also coughed the ball up five times. Mike Scott and Kelly Oubre also played well, scoring 18 and 16 points respectively as they played heavy minutes while Markieff Morris was mired in foul trouble most of the night.

To put it nicely, this was a less than ideal way to start a five-game road trip.

Takeaways

An ugly first half defensively sets the tone for the rest of the game

What if I told you the Wizards would shoot 54 percent from the field, 8-of-10 from three-point range, John Wall would have eight assists, and Bradley Beal would score 20 points all in one half? There’s no way Washington could be losing, right?

Well not only were they losing at halftime, but they borderline getting blown out as the Hornets knocked down 65 percent of their field goals and scorched the nets for a franchise-record 77 points in the first half as they led by 16 at halftime.

Scott Brooks has said it many times that with this team, it all comes down to getting stops defensively. The Wizards did not get the message early on as the Hornets connected on their first 10 field goal attempts and put Washington in an early hole.

A lot has to go right to drop 77 points in a half, but luckily for the Hornets, they were up against a Wizards team who gave up too many easy points in the paint and behind the arc to keep things competitive.

Washington wastes an outstanding three-point shooting night

It’s a shame the Wizards got run off the court because they had one of their best nights shooting the long ball. The Wizards ended the night 13-of-23 from three-point range, and that was after it was skewed by some poor shooting in garbage time. They were 11-of-18 late in the third quarter when Brooks yanked the starters and waved the white flag.

Bradley Beal was stroking it from distance, as he knocked down his first four three-pointers of the game, all from the left wing. John Wall started the second half 2-of-2 from three-point range, his only two of the game while Mike Scott and Kelly Oubre combined to go 4-of-5 (before garbage time) while the game was still in reach.

Game Notes

  • Charlotte scored 77 first-half points, a franchise record.
  • Michael Jordan was not sitting courtside to watch this debacle.
  • Michael Carter-Williams and Jason Smith got tangled up in garbage time of the fourth quarter. Michael Carter-Williams and Tim Frazier were ejected for their extracurricular activities.

After the ejections, the Wizards chose Dwight Howard to shoot the free throws for Charlotte. As you’d probably expect, Howard (who is shooting 52 percent from the line this season) made both.

Next up: The Wizards are off to Detroit to face the Pistons on Friday at 8 p.m. ET.

Wizards vs. Hornets final score: Washington goes cold in 98-93 loss to Charlotte

The Wizards went ice-cold from the field, shooting just 37 percent from the field as they lost to the lowly Hornets, 98-93. John Wall and Bradley Bealonly combined for 37 points, shooting 11-30 from the field. Five Hornets players scored in double figures led by Cody Zeller with 19 as the Hornets won an ugly game in Charlotte.

From the start of this one, it looked like we might be in for another up and down affair. Bradley Beal and John Wall started the game by driving down the lane for open dunks while Charlotte was knocking down shots on the other end. Things slowed down midway through the quarter after Beal was sent to the bench with two fouls. Both teams would combine for just nine points the rest of the quarter as the Wizards took a 20-19 lead after one quarter.

The second quarter wasn’t much prettier. Things looked promising for Washington as Ian Mahinmi was able to score around the rim or get to the free-throw line. Brandon Jennings, who’s struggled to score, hit a circus shot with the shot clock winding down as the Wizards took a 29-21 lead. But Kemba Walker would come to life knocking down two three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to help the Hornets take a 35-34 lead.

John Wall came through with the highlight of the night on the next possession, as he pinned a Walker layup against the backboard on a fast break that the Wizards converted into a three-pointer on the other end.

The Wizards only shot 32 percent in the first half but led, 40-39 at halftime.

The third quarter wasn’t a whole lot better for the Wizards. Washington started the quarter just 4-11 from the field as Charlotte jumped out to an eight point lead. But in a game like this one, an eight point deficit felt more like a 20 point deficit. Thankfully, Bojan Bogdanovic, who was quiet for most of the first half, scored the final four points for the Wizards as they were able to trim the lead to 3, 64-61 by the end of the third quarter.

Frank Kaminsky picked a good time to get hot. After missing his first nine shots of the game, Kaminsky connected on four of his five shots in the fourth quarter to help the Hornets take a nine point lead midway through the fourth quarter. Otto Porter responded with timely shots to give Washington a chance late, but Bradley Beal’s step back three to tie the game with nine seconds left came up short.

With the loss, the Wizards are two games behind the Celtics as they prepare to meet on Monday night in Boston. They still hold a two game lead over the Raptors for the third seed.

First half was hard on the eyes

For those of you who like offense, the first half of this game was not for you. Chalk it up to a combination of good defense from both squads and missed wide-open chances. Neither team was particularly effective from three-point range either as the Wizards shot just 25 percent from downtown and the Hornets shot 31 percent.

The John Wall wraparound defense put his teammates in tough situations

This was one of John Wall’s worst defensive games this season. Wall looked tired and uninterested in playing defense tonight against a small and speedy Kemba Walker. As a result, Wall would go over every screen and try his patented wrap around steal from behind. It worked the first time but that was it. Wall tried it again when playing defense in the post and once again, it didn’t work.

Not only did it not work, the defense was left scrambling to rotate and find their man and it resulted in easy baskets for the Hornets on multiple occasions.

The opposing center has another big night

Last night, Robin Lopez had a career night. Tonight, it was Cody Zeller’s turn to stuff the stat sheet. Zeller ended the night with 19 points and 5 rebounds as he dominated both Gortat and Mahinmi. Zeller got going early with dunks around the rim and was a force to be reckoned with on the defensive end with four steals and two blocks. As we know, Gortat is in the midst of a slump and the Wizards are still looking to get Mahinmi into midseason form, but for now, the center position is a hole in the Wizards defense.