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.

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Wizards vs. Lakers final score: Washington gets it done on both ends in 111-95 win

Washington used a balanced attack, led by John Wall with 23 points, as the Wizards got back in the win column with a 111-95 victory over the Lakers on Thursday night.

Bradley Beal added 22 points, including a season-high 6 assists, while Otto Porter scored 20 as Washington snapped a three-game losing streak at home.

The Wizards scored 69 points in the first half, tied for the most in a half this season for the team and never looked back. The Lakers looked like they might make things a little close for comfort as Julius Randle hit a layup to cut the lead to nine, 93-84 early in the fourth quarter, but Washington would cruise the rest of the way to an easy victory as the Lakers ran out of gas.

Takeaways

Washington’s big first half propels them to victory

In the preview for this game, I wrote that we’d know where this team’s head was at right from the tip. Washington played one of their best halves of the season scoring 69 points (season-high) on 60 percent shooting. Otto Porter set the tone in the first quarter as he started the game 5-8 from the field.

Beal took over in the second quarter, attacking the rim and even getting a four-point play the non-traditional way when he hit a three-pointer and Ian Mahinmi was fouled during the shot.

There were a few hiccups for the Wizards including eight turnovers as well as some poor transition defense, but in all, this was one of their best halves of the season.

You can always count on Ol’ Faithful Otto

In the only way Otto Porter knows, he put up a quiet 20 points to go along with 11 rebounds. He started the game cutting through the lane for his patented herky-jerky layups in transition and showed us what resembled a Dirk Nowitzki step-back jumper.

Otto Porter played the entire first quarter as well as the opening minutes of the second quarter as Brooks played him alongside four reserves. Scott Brooks went with this rotation to start the fourth quarter as well as Brooks moved away from his all-reserve lineups.

Markieff Morris has his best game of the season

Morris broke free from his early season struggles tonight. After a quiet first half where he scored just four points, Morris knocked down two straight three-pointers to start the second half and first five shots of the game overall.

Morris ended the night with 16 points and 5 rebounds in just 17 minutes of play.

Game Notes

  • I’m no doctor but John’s left shoulder looks OK to me.

  • John Wall put on a block party tonight, here were his two best swats of the evening.

  • Ian Mahinmi scored 2 points to go along with just 1 rebound as he fouled out in just 14 minutes of play.
  • Washington was a little loose with the ball committing 19 turnovers resulting in 27 Laker points.

Up Next: Washington hosts Atlanta on Saturday evening in their first game of the season against a Southeast Division foe.

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.

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.