Wizards vs. Celtics Game 6 final score: Wizards win 92-91 thanks to John Wall’s late three

John Wall buried a three-pointer with 3.5 seconds left as the Wizards beat the Celtics 92-91 to force a Game 7 on Monday night.

After laying an egg in Game 5, the Wizards came out with much more intensity and was the team making all of the hustle plays. However, that didn’t translate on the other end as the Wizards struggled to score at times in the first half. Fortunately, Bradley Beal connected on three of his first four shots to give the Wizards an early lead.

The Celtics’ shooting in the first quarter was even worse. Boston connected on just 4 of their 17 shots in the first quarter but only trailed by five, 22-17 as the Wizards missed a golden opportunity to stretch the lead out but couldn’t due to missed layups and free throws.

With the lead stretched to seven, Washington’s bench came in and blew the lead. The Wizards regained control with a 12-2 run midway through the second quarter to take a 40-30 lead but once again, missed opportunities plagued Washington. John Wall was getting rejected at the rim, Markieff Morris missed a dunk, and the Wizards missed seven free throws in the first half.

Avery Bradley dunked home an alley-oop with just seconds remaining as the Wizards lead quickly disappeared with the Celtics leading, 42-41 at halftime.

Even after starting the game just 1-12 from the field, Wall continued to stay aggressive. Wall went on a personal 7-0 run to get the Wizards back in this one and tie the game at 50. Like games past, Washington felt like they weren’t getting the calls and at times in the third quarter, it got into their heads. Forced shots on the offensive end led to easy dunks or layups for the Celtics on the other end.

The Wizards continued to hang around though. With under a minute remaining, Wall drove and spun past Kelly Olynyk for 2 of his 13 points in the quarter as the Wizards trimmed the deficit to three, 69-66 entering the fourth quarter.

Beal was the Wizards’ only offense to start the fourth quarter. His shot wasn’t falling from three-point range but continued to attack the hole and pull up for mid-range jumpers. With the lead seesawing back and forth, Isaiah Thomas hit a step-back jumper over Markieff Morris to give the Celtics the lead with under three minutes left. Thomas then hit a three over Wall to give the Celtics a 87-82 lead with under two minutes remaining and the Wizards looked dead in the water.

Beal, who started the game 0-7 from three-point range knocked down his first of the game late in the fourth to cut into the lead. After two Wall free-throws to tie the game, the Celtics executed a perfect out of bounds play resulting in a Bradley jumper. Beal would answer on the other end. But once again, the Celtics would execute another out of bounds play, this time with Horford knocking down the jump shot with 7.1 seconds remaining to put the Celtics up by 2.

With the ball in the frontcourt, Porter struggled to inbound it on a play designed for Beal. Wall ended up with the ball in his hands and hit a three over Bradley to give the Wizards a 92-91 lead.

The Celtics would miss a desperation shot at the buzzer to ensure this series will go a full seven games. The winner will be decided in Boston on Monday evening.

Wall, Beal, and Morris get no help

Wall, Beal, and Morris scored all 51 points in the second half for the Wizards. The bench had its moments in the first half, but never amounted to much in the second. Bradley Beal took over in the fourth quarter as he stayed in attack mode throughout the quarter. Morris and Wall helped bring it home with some big shots late.

Wizards sneak out with a win

If were going to be frank, the Wizards probably should not have won this game. They didn’t play like the desperate team for long stretches of this game and were losing the hustle plays in the second and third quarters. The team was too worried about getting calls rather than playing the game at times. However, Wall and Beal carried them late with clutch baskets. Sometimes that’s enough. Now they’ll have a chance to make the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday night.

John Wall scores a playoff-high 32 points as Wizards win game 1, 114-107

All five Wizards starters score in double figures led by John Wall with 32 points and 14 assists as the Wizards take control in the second half and beat the Hawks in game 1, 114-107. Bradley Beal scored 22 points while Markieff Morris made his presence known with 21 points including some monstrous dunks in his playoff debut.

Everything was going well for Washington from the beginning. Shots were falling, they were winning the 50/50 balls, and Wall was finding his teammates in transition as Washington pulled out to an early 20-10 lead. But the reserves came in towards the end of the first quarter and it was a different story. Atlanta used a 17-2 run over the last three minutes of the quarter against mainly Washington’s reserves as Atlanta led, 29-25 after one.

The Wizards scoring drought carried over into the second quarter. But although shots weren’t falling for Washington, they stayed engaged and active on the defensive end. After a late three-pointer from Bradley Beal, Markieff Morris would get fouled on a three-point attempt as time expired. Morris would knock down all three free throws as the Wizards trailed 48-45 at halftime.

But before the teams could enter the tunnel, Morris and Milsap had some choice words for each other and had to be separated.

The scuffle seemed to fire Morris up as he scored a quick seven points (11 in the period) for Washington as the Wizards regained the lead 53-52. The Wizards got back to their bread and butter and pushed the ball in transition leading to layups for Wall or Wall dishing to teammates for open shots. Washington used a 15-3 run to take a 10 point lead which included several Markieff Morris posterizing dunks.

John Wall scored 15 in the period as the Wizards took a 83-76 lead into the fourth quarter.

Washington’s defense picked up where it left off from earlier in the season as two straight deflections led to layups for Bogdanovic on the other end. The Hawks made one last run and were able to cut the lead to five, 108-103 with 2:05 remaining as Taurean Prince hit a corner three for Atlanta. But Washington would hit their free-throws and Morris would find Wall for a touchdown pass and a layup as the Wizards take game 1, 114-107.

John Wall has his best career playoff performance

John Wall notched his first ever 30 point, 10 assist playoff game tonight as he ended the night with 32 points and 14 assists. Wall came out of the gate hot, struggled in the second quarter, but exploded in the third quarter for 15 of his 32 points.

John Wall looked to push the pace and also did a great job of getting Marcin Gortat some easy baskets. Wall was a perfect 6-6 from the line and connected on 2-4 three-point attempts.

Playoff Markieff Morris looks very good

This was Markieff Morris’ first playoff game tonight and he didn’t show any signs of rust or jitters. Morris scored 21 points to go along with four rebounds and four blocks as he won the matchup with Paul Milsap. Morris was very active on defense and took the matchup with Milsap personal as the two were chirping at each other the entire night. If we get this type of effort from Morris, this could be a quick series.

The bench remains a minor concern

The bench looked to get their act together towards the end of the regular season but reverted back to their old ways at times tonight. The reserves blew the lead in the second quarter which forced Brooks to shuffle in starters with the reserves in the second half. Kelly Oubre played very well in his playoff debut with 11 points and three rebounds but was a little overzealous to start. The only other reserve to score was Bogdanovic with four points.

It didn’t matter tonight and may not matter during this series, but the Wizards will need better production from their bench, especially with Mahinmi out.

Heat at Wizards Final Score: Wiz commit late turnovers, lose to Heat, 106-103

Markieff Morris leads the way for the Wizards with 21 points while John Wall and Bradley Beal both scored 16 but the Wizards can’t overcome their miscues as they lose to the Heat, 106-103. The Heat were led by Hassan Whiteside who scored 30 points to go along with 12 rebounds as Miami’s playoff hopes are still alive with this win.

Miami started very slow tonight but the Wizards were unable to capitalize. The Heat started the game just 1-8 from the field to go along with five turnovers early but the Wizards only led by eight, 15-7. Miami flipped the switch with a 12-4 run as they were able to claw within one, 29-28 after one quarter.

The Heat regained the lead but were never able to stretch it out to more than five. After some sloppy play from both teams, there was an odd sequence where the Wizards missed an easy opportunity in transition but then picked off Miami’s pass leading to a John Wall three in the corner. We’d be all tied up at 52 at halftime.

Kelly Oubre, who didn’t score in the first half, came alive in the third quarter where he scored 11 points as Washington mounted their comeback run. However, whenever the Wizards got the game to within one, Miami had an answer.

Morris was the best player for Washington tonight and shined in the fourth quarter. Morris scored 12 points in the period including several clutch baskets and a three-pointer to tie the game at 100.

With just 20 seconds remaining and the Heat trailing 103-102, Eric Spoelstra drew up a play for a James Johnson isolation as he finished over Morris to give the Heat a 104-103 lead.

The Wizards threw the ball away on the ensuing inbounds pass and were forced to foul.

Washington had one last chance to tie this game but Bradley Beal couldn’t shoot over the outstretched arms of Hassan Whiteside. Wizards fall, 106-103.

Wizards at Blazers final score: Morris hits game-winner as Wizards win, 125-124.

All five starters score in double-figures as the Wizards complete the 21-point comeback and beat the Blazers, 125-124 in overtime. John Wall led the way for Washington with 39 points and nine assists followed by Bradley Beal with 26 but it was Markieff Morris who stole the show with the go-ahead basket in overtime with .4 seconds remaining. Washington has a chance to go for the west coast road trip sweep on Monday with a game in Minnesota.

Washington started this one hot connecting on their first five field goals. But the Blazers were just as hot at both teams shot over 60 percent in and up and down quarter as Portland led, 36-30 after one.

CJ McCollum caught fire for the Blazers in the second quarter as he scored the first 12 points of the period for Portland to stretch their lead to 17, 50-33, midway through the quarter. Next up, it was Wall’s turn to go on a personal run to get the Wizards back in this one. Wall got in full on attack mode resulting in layups and trips to the free-throw line for his 7-0 run to get the Wizards back within striking distance.

Unfortunately for the Wizards, the Blazers got hot from three-point range and utilized a 9-0 run as they led by 21, 70-49 at halftime.

On the second half of a back-to-back after an overtime game the night before, it would have been easy for the Wizards to pack this one in down 21. But instead, they continued to fight back. Five quick points from Bradley Beal forced the Blazers to call an early timeout. Beal continued his hot scoring dropping 13 points in the first 3:25 of the third quarter as the Wizards were able to get within striking distance.

Bradley Beal scored 17 points in the period as the Wizards trailed by nine, 91-82 entering the fourth quarter.

Bojan Bogdanovic provided a spark for the Wizards with some close in shots and Morris was able to cut the lead to one as he drove, got fouled by Nurkic for the and-1. But once again the Blazers had an answer with a 7-0 with what looked like a tired Wizards squad. Again, the Wizards kept fighting with a 15-0 run highlighted by two Bradley Beal three-pointers as the Wizards took an 112-106 lead and looked like they’d close this one out. But Lillard came alive with some tough shots down the stretch and again, we’d be heading to overtime for the second straight night.

Lillard continued his hot scoring as he notched nine points in the overtime period. But the Wizards continued to answer. After Bradley Beal got fouled on a three-pointer, he’d sink two of them to bring the Wizards to within one with just under a minute to play. John Wall came up with a block on the other end and the Wizards would have one more chance to win this game.

After the timeout, Brooks called a play to get Beal streaking to the hole. The defense collapsed on Beal and he kicked it to Markieff Morris for a baseline jumper to take the lead 125-124, with .4 seconds remaining.

The Wizards pull off another improbable comeback, win 125-124.

The starters look like themselves again

Since the games again Golden State and at Toronto, the Wizards haven’t had a great game from all five starters until tonight. As mentioned, all five starters scored in double-figures while Morris, Porter, and Gortat all had double-doubles with 11, 10, and 15 rebounds respectively. Most impressively, all five Wizards starters shot at least 50 percent from the field and were 50 percent from three-point range (10-20).

The Wizards don’t get a whole lot from the bench

It looked like the bench was turning the corner but tonight was a sobering reality that we may have to pump the breaks. The bench combined for 14 points with Bogdanovic scoring 11 of them. Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith played OK in their limited time while Kelly Oubre continues to struggle as the second-year player failed to score tonight.

Wizards vs. Nuggets final score: Washington sweeps back-to-back with 123-113 win in Denver

All five Wizards starters scored in double figures led by John Wall with 26 and Bradley Beal with 23 as the Wizards beat a short-handed Nuggets squad, 123-113 on Wednesday night. Otto Porter was able to knock off the rust, scoring 22 points and Marcin Gortat returned to his old ways, notching a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds to help the Wizards improve to 2-0 on their road trip.

The Wizards sure didn’t look like a team on the second half of a back-to-back from the start of this one. Washington started the game 6-10 from the field as Wall and Beal combined for 18 points in the first period. Wall got out in transition and had many opportunities in the first quarter thanks to long rebounds off Denver’s missed threes. Wall scored layups on back-to-back fast break possessions including this one as he put just the right English on the ball to finish with the foul.

Wall finished the quarter with 10 points and four assists as the Wizards led, 35-28 after one.

There was a lot to like from Washington in the second quarter, particularly from the recently, very effective bench. The reserves came in and combined for 18 points in the first half behind eight points from Bojan Bogdanovic and four assists from Brandon Jennings. The reserves did their job in maintaining the lead for when the starters checked back in.

When Wall and Beal were re-inserted, the Wizards kicked it up a gear. Washington went on a 12-2 run sparked by two three-pointers from Bradley Beal and some short shots in the lane from Gortat as the Wizards were able to go into halftime up 67-50.

The Wizards were coasting and it looked like Washington would cruise as they led by 24 at one point in the third quarter. But Denver had other plans. The Nuggets shot a red-hot 78 percent in the third quarter as they trimmed the Washington lead in half entering the fourth quarter.

Once again, the Wizards were able to stretch the lead out to 14 but the pesky Nuggets wouldn’t go away. Things got more complicated after Markieff Morris was ejected for a Flagrant 2 foul on Mason Plumlee. The teams traded baskets for most of the fourth quarter and the Nuggets were able to cut the lead to single digits with just under a minute to play. But on the next possession with the shot clock winding down, Gortat found Bogdanovic who swung it around the horn for a wide open Porter who’d knock down the dagger three to put the game out of reach.

Gortat breaks out of his slump

After struggling over the past couple of games, Gortat turned his best performance since the All-Star break. Gortat got back to his double-double ways with 11 points and 15 rebounds and nearly accomplished that feat by halftime (eight points, 11 rebounds).

It looked like the game plan was to feed Gortat early and often on the block to try and get the big man going as the Nuggets were short-handed in the frontcourt with Nikola Jokic missing this one. Gortat also chipped in with three offensive rebounds that resulted in second chance points for the Wizards.

Otto Porter re-emerges

Like Gortat, Porter has also been struggling a bit since the All-Star break. Porter was able to break out of his funk with 22 points on 10-15 shooting to go along with four steals. Porter hasn’t been taking threes at a rate we saw prior to the All-Star break but tonight, did most of his damage around the rim. Otto had two key buckets late in the game, a long two and a three-pointer with the shot clock winding down as Denver was making a last effort run.

Jennings has his best game as a Wizard

After his early exit from last night’s game, a well rested Jennings turned in his best performance as a Wizard with four points, six assists, and two steals in just over 17 minutes of play. Like Wall, Jennings was looking to get out in transition to set his teammates up. Jennings’ highlight of the night was capped off when he went behind the back to Mahinmi for an easy finish at the rim.

Porter, Wall lead Wizards past Pacers, 111-98.

This had all the makings of a potential letdown game for the Wizards but silly me for doubting them. Washington beats Indiana 111-98 in their final game before the All-Star break for their 34th win of the season. Otto Porter led the Wizards in scoring with 25 points on 6-10 shooting from three-point range while Markieff Morris continued his tear with 21 points and seven rebounds.

Otto Porter was on fire to start the game. The NBA’s leading three-point shooter knocked down his first three three-pointers of the game. Things were going so well for Otto that the bank stayed open late as he heaved this shot off the glass for his fifth three-pointer of the first period as the Wizards led 34-27.

Like we’ve become accustomed to, the starters built up a lead up to 10; but the bench came right in and blew it. The Pacers started the quarter on an 8-3 run forcing Brooks to reinsert his starters back in earlier than he probably would have liked to.

Everything started clicking again once the starters came back in.

The Wizards led by 19 at one point, 62-43 but once again, Indiana was able to counter with a 9-0 run but the Wizards still led by 10 at halftime.

Things got a little uneasy during the third quarter as Paul George started to get hot. George, who made just two baskets in the first half hit his first two shots of the third quarter to get started. But this time, it was the Wizards turn to counter with a run. Threes from Morris, Beal and Burke helped the Wizards regain control as they enjoyed a 90-77 lead entering the fourth quarter.

And in methodical fashion, the Wizards answered every single punch thrown their way in the fourth quarter to close this one out 111-98.

After a horrific 2-8 start to the season, the Wizards find themselves in the 3-seed out east with a record of 34-21 at the All-Star break. Not too shabby.

A first quarter to remember for Otto Porter

Porter, the league’s best three-point shooter, put on a show in the first quarter. Wall found Otto in the corner as he hit his first three to start the game. The basket looked like an ocean for Porter as he continued to let it fly and the shots kept falling. Otto connected on his first three three-pointers in the period and was 5-6 overall in the first quarter.

The Markieff Morris tear continues

After a somewhat quiet first half, Morris came out firing in the second half as he hit his first three-pointer as well as several fadeaways near the basket when matched up against smaller players. Morris ended the night with 21 points on 8-12 shooting and snatched seven rebounds. Morris was a key contributor for the Wizards in the second half as he provided them with timely buckets as the Wizards started to pull away.

Wall, Wizards roll past the Thunder in an easy 120-98 victory.

All five Wizards starters scored at least 12 points led by Bradley Beal with 22 and Markieff Morris with 21 as the Wizards roll through the Oklahoma City Thunder, 120-98. John Wall was terrific with 15 points and 14 assists while Otto Porter came alive in the second half ending the night with 16 points as the Wizards cruise to an easy victory.

The Wizards were on fire and in control from end to end in this one. Washington hit their first nine shots of the game en route to an early 22-6 first quarter lead and never looked back. The team shot a collective 70 percent from the field while Beal scored 13 in the period as the Wizards held a 38-32 lead.

The Thunder, specifically Russell Westbrook, fought back behind 17 points from the All-Star as Oklahoma City was able to cut the lead to 3, 47-44 midway through the second quarter. The teams traded threes for a stretch in the second quarter as it looked like the Wizards would finally pull away but the Thunder had an answer. John Wall would close the quarter with a couple of easy buckets as the Wizards led by 13 at halftime.

And then the floodgates opened. Washington outscored the Thunder 32-5 on an extended run which included 24 straight misses from the field for Oklahoma City.

Porter, Beal, and Morris were on fire during this stretch both in the mid-range and from three. Wall got out in transition and added some razzle dazzle to the night.

The Wizards outscored the Thunder 34-19 in the period and held a very comfortable, 101-73 lead after three.

After a minor hiccup from the bench, Brooks opted to reinsert Wall and Beal after the Wizards were up by 34 at one point. Wall and Beal only needed to play a couple of minutes in the fourth as the bench rode this one out to an easy 120-98 victory.

Hot start paves the way

The Wizards started 9-9 from the field as they were up 22-6 in the blink of an eye. Morris, Beal, and Gortat were doing the scoring early while Wall was dishing the ball out as he had six assists in the first period. The hot start set the tone for the rest of the game. And as we’ve come to see during this stretch, the Wizards are a much better team after a hot start rather than having to dig themselves out of a hole.

Wizards were scorching hot from three

The Wizards shot a scorching hot 13-21 from distance tonight. Beal shot an impressive 6-7 from deep, Porter was 2-5, and Morris was a perfect 3-3 from range as the Wizards scorched the nets. On the flip side, Oklahoma City, not a great three-point shooting team was just 7-34 from distance including Westbrook who missed all four of his attempts.

Too many turnovers

It’s easy to overlook since the Wizards blew the Thunder out but the Wizards committed an inexcusable 22 turnovers tonight. Fortunately, the Thunder didn’t make the Wizards pay for it as they scored just 14 points off those 22 turnovers. It didn’t matter tonight but on most nights, that simply won’t cut it.