Pacers at Wizards final score: Washington uses a balanced attack to knock of Pacers 109-102

The Washington Wizards used a balanced attack led by Bradley Beal with 19 points to knock off the Indiana Pacers in a pivotal Eastern Conference matchup, 109-102. Marcin Gortat had one of his better games of the season with 18 points and eight rebounds and Kelly Oubre scored 16 points off the bench as the Wizards notch their 40th win of the season.

Washington led by as many as 20 in this one, 101-81 in the fourth quarter and looked like they might win this one in a blowout fashion. But, Pacers coach, Nate McMillan pulled his starters with 5:33 remaining in the game, which sparked an Indiana run. Indiana used a 17-4 run behind the hot shooting from Lance Stephenson and TJ Leaf to trim the Wizards lead down to seven, 105-98 late in the fourth quarter. But Scott Brooks would reinsert his starters and the Wizards would hold suit knocking off the Pacers 109-102 and win the season series, 2-1.


Washington wins with a balanced attack

Five Washington players scored in double figures tonight and the team combined for 29 assists in the latest edition of ‘Everybody Eats’. After struggling for nearly the entire month of March, Gortat had a breakout game with 18 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. Kelly Oubre, who’s also struggled as of late, chipped in with 16 points off the bench including two timely three-pointers for Washington.

Tomas Satoransky continued his outstanding play with 12 points, five rebounds, and eight assists as this time; he won the dual with Cory Joseph.

The Washington bench combined for 37 points in another great all-around team effort for the Wizards.

Washington keeps Oladipo in check

Last time these two teams played, Oladipo scorched the Wizards for 33 points in an Indiana victory. That was not the case tonight as the Wizards put the clamps on Oladipo holding him to a relatively pedestrian 18 points on 7-16 shooting from the field.

Bradley Beal, who guarded Oladipo for most of the previous matchup started off defending the first-time All-Star tonight but the Wizards switched the guard positions much more freely. Tomas Satoransky also guarded Oladipo for stretches tonight and he was great at defending the dribble handoffs that the Pacers like to run.

But most importantly for Washington tonight, they limited the Pacers, specifically Oladipo’s, transition opportunities evidenced as Indiana ended the night with just four fast-break points.

Tip Ins

  • The Wizards were the beneficiaries of Indiana’s mistakes turning 15 turnovers into 26 Washington points
  • Markieff Morris turned in another strong performance with 15 points and five rebounds 

Up Next: Washington heads to San Antonio on Wednesday night where they haven’t won since 1999.


Wolves at Wizards Final Score: Washington blows fourth quarter lead, losses to Minny 116-111

With the Wizards down three, 114-111, Washington had one last chance with 15 seconds to play to even up the score. The Wizards ran a play to get Bradley Beal open for three but he caught the ball too close to the sideline and was forced to make a desperation pass just to keep the ball inbounds which got picked off for a layup by Jeff Teague. Washington blows an eight-point fourth quarter lead and loses to the Timberwolves, 116-111.

Markieff Morris was outstanding tonight leading the Wizards with a season-high 27 points and Bradley Beal added 19 but it was Karl-Anthony Towns who stole the show with a game-high 37 points on 13-17 shooting.

Washington, who led by eight entering the fourth quarter, 90-82 had many chances to put this game away. But give credit to the Wolves who blitzed the Wizards with a 14-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to take control and win this one, 116-111.

Make no mistake about it; the Wizards blew a golden opportunity to get a win against a very good Western Conference team.

Washington falls apart in the fourth quarter

Washington led 90-82 entering the fourth quarter and it looked like they had control of this one. But a 16-8 run on the heels of some hot shooting from Nemanja Bjelica brought Minnesota back and tied the game at 98 just minutes into the fourth quarter.

Things got worse for Washington as the Timberwolves used a 14-0 run and knocked down 10 of their first 12 field goals to start the quarter and regain control.

Karl-Anthony Towns, who was clutch all night, knocked down a three-pointer in the corner to put the Wolves up five with under 30 seconds to play which buried Washington’s comeback chances.

Zero resistance at the rim and too many points in the paint were the difference tonight, especially in the fourth quarter as Minnesota outscored the Wizards 34-21.

Markieff Morris turns in his best game of the season

Since the All-Star break, it seems like the play of Markieff Morris is usually a good barometer for how the rest of the Wizards squad will play.

Morris couldn’t miss to start this one as he knocked down his first four shots and only three-point attempt for nine points in the first quarter. After notching 14 points by halftime, Morris continued to stroke the ball also knocking down his first four shots of the third quarter helping the Wizards build out their lead.

Keef grabbed four rebounds and dished out two assists all while playing tough defense on Taj Gibson and Towns when switched onto him tonight.

Unfortunately for the Wizards, Morris’ big game wouldn’t be enough, as they just had no answer for Towns this evening.

Points in the paint are a problem

The Wolves scored 64 points in the paint this evening making it the third straight game where a Washington opponent has scored 60+ points in the paint. As mentioned, Towns was a force down low but tonight it was more mental lapses to go along with letting guards get into the lane too easily.

Washington committed 11 turnovers, which only resulted in 15 points, but you guessed it – many were of the live-ball variety resulting in easy baskets at the rim for Minnesota.

Tip Ins

  • Ian Mahinmi had a very good game tonight with 10 points and nine rebounds (four OREBs)
  • Tomas Satoransky was on triple-double alert with 15 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists, including this behind the back to pass to Porter for a dunk

Up Next: No time to rest as the Wizards head to Boston to take on the Celtics tomorrow night.

Wizards at Magic Final Score: ‘Everybody Eats’ yet again as the Wizards blowout the Magic 115-98

Tomas Satoransky scored a career-high 19 points to go along with six assists as the Wizards beat the Magic, 115-98, dropping them for the third time this season. All five starters scored in double-figures and the “everybody eats” model held true again tonight as the Wizards combined for 35 assists on 46 made field goals.

After enjoying a lead for the entire first quarter, the Magic made a run early in the second period with all Washington reserves on the court. Tomas Satoransky checked back into the game at the 3:31 and that flipped the tide. Washington ended the second period on a 12-2 run upon Sato’s return as the Wizards held a comfortable 56-47 lead at halftime.

The Wizards outscored Orlando 31-22 in the third period behind eight points and five rebounds from Marcin Gortat and some knockdown three-point shooting from Satoransky as Washington would blow this one open and never look back.

The starters got a rest in the fourth quarter and the ‘human victory cigar’ in Chris McCullough scored a bucket late as Washington would cruise to a 115-98 victory.

Sato with a career-high

As mentioned, Tomas Satoransky scored a career-high 19 points on 7-9 shooting including going a perfect 3-3 from long range. He added six assists and two steals only coughing the ball up once all while locking down Elfrid Payton, a guy who’s torched the Wizards this season.

Sato was outstanding tonight looking to get others involved first and then staying within himself when looking for his own shot. He pushed the ball in transition whenever the Wizards had numbers resulting in easy baskets and even two three-pointers for him as he was wide open on the wing.

The tide turned for the Wizards at the 3:31 mark of the second quarter as Satoransky re-entered the game and forced a turnover right off the bat resulting in an easy basket for the Wizards.

All around great game from Beal

Bradley Beal was outstanding tonight finishing the game with 18 points, eight assists, and eight rebounds all in just three quarters of play. Unfortunately for Beal, the Wizards had such a large lead heading into the fourth quarter so there was no need to put Beal in and chase that triple-double.

Everything was working for Beal this evening. Nice assists to get others involved? Check. Slicing through the lane and finishing over the trees at the rim? Check. That lethal step back? You bet.

This was another All-Star worthy performance from Brad in just 31 minutes of play.

Tip Ins:

  • The win gives Washington their 17th victory over Orlando in their last 19 tries
  • Marcin Gortat added another double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds against his former team
  • Markieff Morris had another strong game with 16 points, three rebounds, and three steals tonight

Up Next: The Wizards have a very tough week ahead of them starting in Indiana against the Pacers on Monday night.

Raptors at Wizards final score: Washington wins a nail-biter, hangs on for 122-119 victory over Toronto

With the Wizards up 118-120 and just four seconds to play, all Bradley Beal had to do was catch an inbounds pass and hold on for the inevitable foul from Toronto. Unfortunately, Beal made his move before gathering the ball coughing it up and fouling Kyle Lowry with just three seconds to play to make matters worse.

Lowry, a 86 percent free-throw shooter clanked the first free-throw and Beal would atone for his sin on the other end knocking down two free-throws of his own as the Wizards hang on for the 122-119 victory over the Raptors.

Washington shared the wealth as eight players scored in double figures led by Bradley Beal with 27 (25 in the second half), followed by Otto Porter with 16 and Markieff Morris who chipped in with 15.

The win gives snaps Washington’s seven-game home losing streak to Toronto. Yes, you read that correctly.

A tale of two halves for Beal

The Toronto Raptors put the clamps on Bradley Beal in the first half. They were double-teaming him every time he got the ball and were packing the paint on his drives to the hole. As a result, Beal struggled, missing all six of his field goal attempts and scoring just two points on free throws in the first half.

But that all changed in the second half. Beal came out on fire in the second half connecting on his first four field goals for 11 points just one minute and 50 seconds into the third quarter as the Wizards erased a seven-point halftime deficit. Beal was much more aggressive and let it fly from three-point range knocking down his first three attempts of the third quarter as he finished the period with 17 points.

Beal hit a tough layup over Jonas Valanciunas with under a minute to play to tie the game and knocked down four free-throws in the final seconds as the Wizards would come away with the victory.

Washington gets it done with an all-around team effort 

With John Wall out for up to two months, it’s no secret that the Wizards are going to need many guys to step up if they are able to keep a respectable seeding in the Eastern Conference. And tonight, they got just that. Eight Wizards players scored in double figures tonight and four players had at least four assists to fill in for Wall’s absence.

Marcin Gortat started the game 3-3 from the field to get the Wizards offense going early on and Markieff Morris provided a much-needed spark with 15 points and seven rebounds.

Not only were the starters good tonight, but the bench was outstanding combining for 44 points behind 14 from Mike Scott and 10 from Jodie Meeks (all in the fourth quarter). Guys like Scott and Ian Mahinmi (10 points) were able to carry the scoring load for the Wizards in the first half as Beal struggled to get going early on.

Otto Porter, who also had a bit of a slow start had some timely transition layups in the fourth quarter to give Washington the lead and came up with several big rebounds down the stretch.

In all, this was an outstanding team effort tonight.

We finally got a Jodie Meeks game

It took 51 games, but we finally got a (mini) explosion from Jodie Meeks off the bench. After being held scoreless in his limited action in the first half, Meeks hit a prayer three-pointer to start the fourth quarter. The next time down, Meeks curled off a screen and knocked down another three-pointer to give Washington a seven-point lead early in the fourth quarter.

Meeks would break out in transition to add a layup and also knock down two free throws as he scored 10 quick points to give Washington an extra jolt down the stretch in the fourth quarter.

Tip Ins:

  • Ian Mahinmi went a perfect 4-4 from the free-throw line
  • Washington shared the rock, dishing out 30 assists on 44 made field goals

  • The Wizards turned the Raptors over 18 times turning those into 23 points on the other end.

Up Next: A potential trap game looms as Washington heads to Orlando on Saturday.

Wizards at Hawks Final Score: Washington combines for a season-high 40 assists to take down Atlanta, 129-104

Six Wizards players scored in double-figures tonight led by Markieff Morris with 23 as Washington takes down the Atlanta Hawks, 129-104. Mike Scott added 19 points off the bench while Otto Porter and Bradley Beal chipped in with 18 each as the short-handed Wizards take care of business in Atlanta without John Wall.

John Wall missed tonight’s game due to soreness in his knee but his replacements provided more than just a spark. Tomas Satoransky knocked down a three-pointer for the game’s first basket and that would be indicative of the night he’d have. Sato ended the game with 11 points (3-3 from three-point range) to go along with seven assists in his first start of the season.

The Wizards were up by more than 20 in the second half but the Hawks were able to trim the lead to 14 to make Washington sweat a bit. But Bradley Beal killed all of that momentum with a nifty dunk to end the third quarter as time was expiring.

Scott Brooks emptied the bench with just under four minutes to play as Washington breaks a two-game losing streak and is able to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season.

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Yes, the Hawks defense is bad, but credit the Wizards offense as the ball rarely got stuck and was zipping around the arc getting Washington open shots all night. With John Wall out, it was that much more important that the Wizards get nice efforts from everyone and no better way to do that than making the extra pass and turning down good shots for wide open shots.

40 of Washington’s 49 made field goals (82 percent) were assisted on led by Tim Frazier who had a team-high 14 assists off the bench. Tomas Satoransky, who started in place of John Wall dished out seven dimes and Bradley Beal added five as the Wizards had a season-high 40 assists this evening.

Washington was very unselfish tonight and as a result, they got the easy W.

Markieff Morris steps up

For as long as John Wall is out, Markieff Morris is the guy who quite possibly needs to step up the most. Morris came out like a man on a mission knocking down his first three three-pointers (4-5 for the night) and scored 15 points to go along with five rebounds prior to halftime.

Morris’ usage wasn’t as high in the second half but was extremely efficient knocking down three of his four field goal attempts. The tenacity wasn’t as prevalent on the defensive end in the second half as he didn’t grab a rebound but regardless, the Wizards need this Markieff Morris to show up on a nightly.

Wiz go hot from three-point range

Not only were the Wizards whizzing the ball around the arc, but they were knocking down their three-point shots when they got those open looks. Washington shot an impressive 18-32 (56 percent) from three-point range that enabled them to get out to an early lead and take control of this game early on.

In addition to Morris’ hot shooting from range, Tomas Satoransky knocked down a career-high three three-pointers (3-3) while Kelly Oubre, Otto Porter, and Bradley Beal added two three-pointers apiece.

Tip Ins

  • The Wizards have struggled from the free-throw line in the past but were 13-14 from the charity stripe tonight.
  • The Wizards improved to 6-6 this season in games where John Wall doesn’t play.
  • Kelly Oubre Jr. threw down this nasty dunk on John Collins’ head


Up Next

No time to rest as the Wizards take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night, this time at the Capital One Arena.

Wizards at Grizzlies final score: Wizards avoid late collapse, hang on for 102-100 victory

The Wizards never make things easy on themselves, huh?

Washington fends off a late fourth-quarter surge by the Memphis Grizzlies to hang on for the 102-100 victory. The House of Guards led the way for Washington combining for 59 points (Beal with 34, Wall with 25) and Markieff Morris added 12 points to go along with a season-high 17 rebounds as the Wizards notch their fourth straight victory.

The Wizards led 86-70 late in the third quarter and it looked like it would be easy sailing the rest of the way. But, as we’ve become accustomed to, the Wizards 16-point lead quickly vanished and was cut to one, 98-97 with just 17.9 seconds remaining. Fortunately for the Wizards, they were able to knock down their free throws late and avoid a complete disaster.


The House of Guards were clicking on all cylinders

Both John Wall and Bradley Beal were terrific tonight turning in one of their best games of the season as a duo. As mentioned, the duo combined for 59 points on 17-34 shooting (50 percent) including going 8-15 (53 percent) from three-point range all while chipping in with 14 assists.

John Wall literally could not miss early on as he connected on his first five field goals of the game for 12 quick points. But more importantly, he had his burst back and was constantly looking to push the ball; something we haven’t really seen since he’s returned from injury.

In vintage House of Guards fashion, Wall pushed the ball in transition forcing to the defense to collapse on him only to kick the ball out to a wide-open Beal for three.

There was a sequence in the second quarter where Wall came up with the steal, dished it to a streaking Beal as the two ran a two-on-one ending in an easy dunk for Washington.

This isn’t exactly breaking news but when both of these guys are clicking, the Wizards are a very tough team to beat. How’s that for #analysis?

Markieff Morris turns in one of his best games of the season

Markieff Morris looked like a man on a mission tonight, especially on the defensive end. Morris ended the night with 12 points and 17 rebounds to go along with two blocks.

Morris was engaged from the very beginning and you could tell by his energy on the defensive end. Morris was very active on the glass, fighting for loose balls, and was grabbing everything in sight as he snagged nine rebounds by halftime.

There was a sequence in the third quarter where Morris blocked a Marc Gasol layup then ran down on the other end and finished the alley-oop layup.

It was about this time last year that Morris turned things on for the Wizards that ended up in an extended winning streak. Let’s hope that happens this year too.

Tip Ins

  • Mike Scott continued his tear with 10 points on 4-6 shooting (66 percent) including 2-4 from three-point range.
  • Otto Porter left the game early with a banged up hip.
  • After his best performance of the season, Marcin Gortat came back to earth as he was just 3-12 from the field tonight.

Up Next

No time for rest as the Wizards take on the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday night back in D.C.

Even with his recent success, Mike Scott is better suited coming off the Wizards bench

Mike Scott is rolling right now. He has a mind-boggling true shooting percentage of 72.2 percent through the month of December and is shooting 73.6 percent (on 53-72 shots) from the field since the Wizards played the Blazers on December 5th.

Scott’s hot streak, coupled with Markieff Morris struggling to catch his stride, begs the question; should Mike Scott be starting over Markieff Morris?

Morris looks like a shell of the guy who averaged 14 points and 6.5 rebounds and was key to Washington turning their season around last year. He’s averaging just 23.1 minutes per game, the fewest since his sophomore season. And you never know what you’re going to get from Morris on any given night as he can explode for 23 points and seven rebounds like he did against Detroit earlier this month, or put up a clunker of a game and get benched for the entire fourth quarter like he did against the Clippers and Nets last week.

Even though the 20+ point outbursts from Morris seem more like an anomaly than the norm this season, Washington is better suited keeping him as the starter.

Scott is providing a jolt of caffeine for the Wizards off the bench, but this buzz won’t last forever. It would be nearly impossible for him to keep his shooting percentages this high all season. In fact, no one has ever been able to shoot over 40 percent from deep (on at least two threes per game) and shoot over 66 percent on twos over the course of a season. He’s bound to fall off at some point.

Plus, if he were promoted to the starting lineup, he would go from being the first or second scoring option, where he looks most comfortable, to the fourth scoring option with the starters. He’d find the ball in his hands less and it would be that much harder for him to put up these gaudy numbers against better opposition and with fewer touches to find his rhythm.

If we assume for a second that Morris’ shooting will gradually increase over the course of the season as he finds his form while Scott’s will gradually decrease, it gets harder to find areas where Scott is an upgrade. Other than a marginal uptick in rebounding which would likely go down playing more against starters, Scott posts worse numbers than Morris in every other area. Morris gets more steals, more blocks, and can guard more positions defensively, plus he averages more assists.

Numbers aside, let’s not forget about the locker room tension this could potentially produce too. For the most part, Morris has kept his cool this season. But, how would he react to a demotion to the bench? Would that light a fire under him to play better, or would that potentially cause friction for a team barely keeping its head over .500?

The important thing to keep in mind here is Scott is receiving more minutes than Morris so far this month, and is on the floor when it counts, in the fourth quarter. As long as the Wizards are riding Scott’s hot hand in crunch time, I don’t think it matters all that much who starts the first and second halves.

There’s no need to tweak anything right now. The reserves are clicking, led by Scott’s stellar play. So for now, let’s just enjoy how he’s been one of the main reasons why a reserve unit with a dull preseason outlook has exceeded everyone’s expectations so far this year.