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.

Takeaways

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.

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Wizards vs. Grizzlies final score: Washington holds on to win 93-87 in John Wall’s return

Bradley Beal scored 18 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, as the Wizards hung on to beat the lowly Grizzlies, 93-87 on Wednesday night.

All five Washington starters and Kelly Oubre scored in double-figures tonight as the Wizards finally got in the win column after two tough losses.

The quarter-full Capital One Arena was about as roaring as a library to begin this one, and the play from both of these teams early on mirrored that as the two teams mustered up just 10 points through the first 5:37 of the opening period.

Everything changed in the second quarter as John Wall got his legs back under him and looked like the player we’ve grown accustomed to. He turned on the afterburners midway through the second period, finishing shots at the hole and hitting midrange jumpers as the Wizards took a 41-29 lead into halftime.

Washington was up by as many as 17 in the second half but as we know, no lead is safe with the Wizards. The Grizzlies hit a three-pointer at the beginning of the fourth quarter for their first lead of the game, 67-65. After that three, Washington went on a 13-0 run to take control of the game and secure the win.

Takeaways

John Wall makes his return

As expected, it took about a quarter for Wall to really put a mark on this game. It wasn’t so much that he needed to knock off the rust, but the aggression wasn’t there at first.

After scoring just one basket in the first quarter, Wall looked like his old self, taking Chandler Parsons off the dribble and finishing at the hole. His midrange jumper was falling too as he went on a personal 9-0 run to help the Wizards take a 14 point lead in the second quarter.

The second half wasn’t as kind for Wall. After scoring 11 points on 5-10 shooting in the first half, Wall only scored two points in the second half as he never really got going.

There were next to no highlight plays in a mostly sleepy game tonight. However, late in the fourth quarter, he pinned Chandler Parsons’ layup attempt to seal the win.

Mike Scott wants the starting power forward position

Mike Scott continued his rock-solid play while filling in for Markieff Morris, who sat this one out with a sore hip. He scored 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting including a three-pointer in the fourth quarter to stretch the Wizards’ lead to six as Memphis tried to claw their way back into the game.

Scott didn’t do anything extraordinary, but the Wizards don’t need him to do anything crazy, especially with Wall back. They just need him to knock down shots when he’s open and play respectable defense.

It’s going to be hard for the coaching staff to play Morris over Scott as long he keeps turning in these solid performances.

Game Notes

  • Washington held the Grizzlies to 12 points in the first quarter and 29 points for the half; both season-lows for Wizards’ opponents. But it wasn’t because of good defense or anything, the Grizzlies just aren’t good.
  • The Wizards hit all five of their three-point attempts in the fourth quarter.
  • The Wizards didn’t do themselves any favors at the charity stripe as they were just 12 of 24 from the free throw line.
  • Scott Brooks’ rotations remain confusing as he opted to go with a five-man lineup with no true point guard on the floor (at an odd time too) through the first few minutes of the fourth quarter.

Next up: The Wizards will try to get revenge for this Saturday’s loss as they host the Clippers at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Wizards avoid a catastrophy, hang on to beat Memphis, 104-101.

John Wall notches his 24th double-double of the season with 25 points and 13 assists as the Wizards blow a 19-point lead but hang on to win, 104-101. Otto Porter also had 25 points for the Wizards tonight on 9-12 shooting including a career-high six three-pointers. This was a crucial victory for the Wizards who have now won 13 straight at home.

Otto Porter was blazing hot to start this game as he connected on his first four three-point attempts as the Wizards raced out to a 30-24 lead.

The hot shooting continued, this time from the bench who combined for 18 points tonight led Smith with eight. With the bench on the floor, the Wizards started the second period 9/11 from the field highlighted by this Jason Smith steal and dunk on the other end.

The Wizards shot 53 percent in the first half and led by as many as 19 at one point but were just up 15, 66-51 at halftime.

The second half was a different story. Washington was VERY flat to start the third quarter and didn’t hit their first field goal of the quarter until Wall scored on an easy layup at the 6:50 mark. The Wizards were able to keep the lead at double digits for the majority of the period but the Grizzles clawed back in as a result of their offensive rebounding. Memphis had eight offensive rebounds in the third quarter which resulted in easy putbacks at the rim as they were able to cut the lead to 6, 83-77 entering the fourth.

It was the Grizzles turn to go ice cold. Memphis missed their first 10 shots of the fourth quarter but the Wizards weren’t able to pull away. Porter came up big again knocking down back-to-back three’s in as many possessions as it looked like that might be enough for the Wizards to cruise the rest of the way.

Not so. Memphis prolonged the game by fouling Washignton and came up with a few turnovers. JaMychal Green had a chance to tie the game as time expired but his shot came up short. Wizards win, 104-101.

Otto Porter comes up huge

As mentioned, Otto knocked down his first four three-pointers tonight en route to six for the game and 25 points overall. Otto came up big when it mattered the most; to start the game and in the fourth quarter. He struggled a bit at times defensively but we’ll give him a pass tonight.

Just another ho-hum double-double for Wall

Wall scored 25 points to go along with 13 assists (8 in the first half). He had far from his best shooting night but was able to get to the line and knock them down when he got there, as he was a perfect 10-10 from the charity stripe. In addition, Wall also continued his streak of 29 straight games with a steal. You’ll never see a more nonchalant 25 and 13 game in your life.

Markieff Morris shows up big-time

There are often times when Morris is disengaged. Tonight was not one of those nights. Morris put his fingerprint on the game in the second quarter as he went 5-7 from the field for 10 points. He ended the night with 17 points and 12 rebounds. In addition, he did a great job guarding Zach Randolph and was also switched onto Marc Gasol at times. When Morris is engaged in the game, it makes the Wizards that much tougher to beat.

Wizards vs. Grizzlies final score: Gasol, Grizzles hit key threes to beat Wizards 112-103 in overtime

Marc Gasol hit a three-pointer with 12 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime and hit two more in overtime as the Grizzles knocked off the Wizards 112-103. The Wizards are now 0-2 on the season, even though all five Wizards starters scored in double figures in the loss, led by John Wall with 22 points and 13 assists.

The Wizards, coming off two days of rest, started this game like the team on the second half of a back-to-back. The Wiz started the game 2-13 from the field and only scored seven points through the first six minutes of the game. Timely field goals from Otto Porter midway through the first quarter helped them settle in as the Wizards trailed by five, 27-22 after the first quarter.

The reserves did the starters no favors as the Grizzles started the second quarter on a 9-1 run behind 3 threes from Vince Carter. The Grizzles would stay hot from three-point range stretching the lead to 15 before Scott Brooks was forced to burn another timeout to settle things down. John Wall checked in three minutes into the second quarter and it changed the course of the half. Wall attacked the hole on consecutive possessions; getting bumped on both shot attempts but without a foul called. Wall would get a technical foul after barking at the referee for not getting a foul call.

The technical foul lit a fire under Wall, leading him to attack the hole more rather than settle for jumpers. At one point, he earned back-to-back and-one opportunities to help get the Wizards back into the game. The WallStar notched a double-double (13 points, 10 assists) by halftime as the Wizards were able to cut the deficit to four, 58-54.

The lead would seesaw back and forth in the third quarter, thanks in part to a hot start from Markieff Morris, who scored the first two buckets of the quarter. The Wizards took the lead for a short time during the frame, but the Grizzles would hold on to a one-point lead, 78-77, entering the fourth quarter.

The Wizards used a combination of easy buckets and free throws on a 9-0 run to pull out to a 96-88 with less than four minutes left, but it didn’t hold up. Mike Conley scored seven straight points to help the Grizzlies get back into the game, and then with time winding down in regulation, Marc Gasol knocked down a three-pointer (his second of the game at that point) to tie the game and force overtime.

The overtime was one to forget. Gasol hit two more three-pointers as the Grizzles opened up a ten-point, 110-100 lead. Washington didn’t score until the final 30 seconds of overtime, after both teams had emptied their benches.

The Wizards lost a winnable game 112-103 and fall to 0-2 for the season. Here’s what we noticed in the loss:

The bench has issues:

The Wizards were down by four points late in the first quarter, 24-20, when Scott Brooks started subbing in the reserves. The Grizzlies pounced on them, mainly from three-point range as the Grizzles stretched the lead to 15 just minutes into the second quarter. Once again, the second unit struggled to score and was never able to get into much of a rhythm.

Brooks switched things up in the second half staggering starters with reserves and the results were much better. The Wizards stayed competitive and were able to regain the lead several times as the lead seesawed back and forth. Even through two games, it’s pretty clear that Brooks must stagger the reserves with the starters rather than playing all five backups at once.

Three-point shooting is a problem:

The Wizards shot a horrific 5-25 (25 percent) from three-point range and one of those three-pointers came after the game got out of hand in overtime. Porter, Nicholson, and Oubre missed all 10 of their collective attempts tonight while Beal and Wall combined to go 3-11 from deep.

It’s clear that three-point shooting might be a problem for this team going forward. If several players don’t step up, it could cost the Wizards several games down the road.

The free-throw shooting is better:

The Wizards lost numerous games last season due to poor free-throw shooting. You can’t chalk up tonight’s loss to free-throws. In a game where the Wizards struggled from three-point range (5-25), the team made up for it by shooting 22-25 from the charity stripe. Marcin Gortat was a perfect 10-10 from the line. Wall and Beal hit all of their free throw attempts as well.

If the Wizards continue to struggle from three-point range, they’ll need to continue to shoot well and often at the free throw line to compensate.

Wizards vs. Grizzlies final score: Temple scores 20 as the Wizards beat the Grizzles, 100-91

As Garrett Temple goes, the Wizards go. At least over the past three games.

Once again, Temple scored 20 points as the Wizards got revenge and beat the Grizzles, 100-91. Ramon Sessions was not far behind scoring 16 off the bench, and John Wall who notched his 14th double-double of the season with 14 points and 14 assists.

The Wizards have won three straight games and have held their last two opponents under 100 points after letting the prior 10 opponents score 100+ points.

The new and improved pace portion of the pace-and-space offense was on display as the Wizards scored nine transition points in the first quarter. The Wizards ended the quarter on a 7-2 run behind six assists from Wall as the Wizards enjoyed a 25-18 lead after one.

The Wizards used an 11-0 run in just 1:30 to stretch the lead to 16, 36-20 early in the second quarter.

Ramon Sessions came in and did what he does best, get into the painted area and get to the foul line. Sessions ended the night 5-6 from the charity stripe and had no problems slicing through the Grizzlies defense.

The third quarter had quite the entertainment factor. Heat checks from Humphries, step back threes from Temple, and even a 12-foot floater from DeJuan Blair.

The Wizards used a 16-2 run punctuated by a Humphries three-pointer from straight away to stretch this lead to 22 at one point and lead 81-65 after three.

The Wizards were pretty careful with the ball tonight but committed too many turnovers including two straight to start the fourth quarter. This resulted in transition buckets for the Grizzles as they were able to cut the lead to 7, 90-83 at the midway point of the fourth quarter.

That would be the closest they get as Temple and Wall hit timely three-pointers late as the Wizards pulled away and won 100-91.

Pace and Space: The Wizards executed the pace-and-space offense to a T tonight. The UNLV Running Rebs The Wizards got out of the gates early with nine fast-break points in the first quarter. Led by Wall, the Wizards pushed the ball for layups and open threes in first quarter. For the rest of the game, there were far fewer opportunities to push the ball. As a result, the ball was swinging from side to side opening up driving lanes, and the Wizards were making the correct pass like this one:

The Wizards scored just three transition points the rest of the way (12 total) but the driving lanes were there all night for the guards as the team finished with 36 points in the paint. Most importantly, when the Wizards did push the ball, it was under control tonight. Most of their turnovers actually came in half-court sets.

3-Point Defense: The Wizards give up an NBA-worst 41 percent from three-point range. The Grizzles came into this game 29th in the league shooting 32 percent from range; so something had to give. Lo and behold, the stats fell in favor of the Wizards as the Grizzles shot just 17 percent (3-17) from three-point range.

Rotations were crisper than usual, shooters weren’t left wide open, and if only for one night; the percentages played to the Wizards’ favor.

Garrett Temple continues to stay hot: Temple scored a team-high 20 points tonight. Keep in mind, Temple hadn’t scored 20 points in a game in his career; he’s eclipsed the 20-point mark in three straight games now. He looks confident with his stroke, gets out and can finish very well in transition, and still brings it on the defensive end. Who knows if this run will fizzle out or if Temple is turning over a new stone. In the meantime, he’s in the midst of the best 3-game stretch of his career at a time when the team needs him the most.

Grizzles run past Wizards, 112-95.

Memphis has struggled at home recently, they’ve struggled against Eastern Conference foes, but tonight they blow out the Wizards 112-95. Marc Gasol led the way scoring 24 points followed by Matt Barnes with 20 as the Grizzles shoot a season-high 67% from three point range.

John Wall did not have a pretty start to this game committing four turnovers in the first quarter. With the lead seesawing back and forth in the early stages of this one, Jeff Green spun away from Otto Porter and posterized Marcin Gortat. The Wizards committed seven turnovers but trailed by just 4, 25-21 after one.

Things looked like they might take a turn for the better when Kelly Oubre picked up a steal taking it the length of the court for what would look like an easy dunk. Oubre got swatted from behind by Jeff Green in a “Welcome to the NBA” moment.

Gary Neal was the sole reason the Wizards were fairly competitive in this one. Neal came off the bench and knocked down 6-8 shots including 2-2 from three-point range for 15 points in the second period. The Grizzles ended the quarter on a 8-2 run and led 57-46 at halftime.

Things got ugly to start the third quarter. Gortat was missing layups, Temple was turning the ball over, and just like that; the Wizards found themselves down 16. The Wiz started the quarter 3-12 from the field whereas the Grizzles were 7-10.

Once again, the Wizards decided not to guard Memphis’ three point shooters. Matt Barnes got hot banging two three pointers and just like that, the Wiz were down 21 and it seemed all hope was lost.

The Wizards rode the lineup of Sessions-Neal-Oubre-Humphries-Blair to start the fourth quarter and surprisingly, that got them within 11 points midway through the fourth. The Grizzles would pull away though and win this one, 112-95.

Notes: Gary Neal was the star for the Wizards tonight scoring 24 points on 9-14 shooting. After committing nine turnovers in the first half, the Wizards committed just five in the second. Things don’t get any easier as the Wizards head to San Antonio on Wednesday.

Recap: Grizzlies at Wizards

The Wizards roll past a Gasol, Randolph, Conley, and Allen-less Grizzlies team 107-87 and win back-to-back games since February 7-9. Marcin Gortat had a very impressive 22 point, 9 rebound, 3 block, and 3 steal game for the Wizards. The win comes with an asterisks as four key players sat out for the Grizzlies but for this team, a win is a win right now.

The Grizzles actually played very well to start the game. They only made 2 of their first 6 shots to begin but then hit their next 5. Paul Pierce and Marcin Gortat got involved early as the pair started 4-4 from the field. John Wall was terrific tonight and took full advantage of his mismatch over Beno Udrih by scoring 21 points and dishing out 6 assists.

The Wizards forced the Grizzles into a track meet type game which is not their style of play. They like to move methodically and use all 24 seconds of the shot clock. They had a lead that was as big as nine points in the first quarter but this style of play caught up with them.

The Wizards took control of this game in the second quarter and never looked back. John Wall made an emphasis to push the ball relentlessly in the second quarter and it paid off as the Wizards ended the half with 19 fast break points. John was able to find Otto Porter in transition for some easy lay ins and found a trailing Paul Pierce on two occasions for three pointers.

The Wizards utilized a 16-2 run at the end of the second quarter to lead 60-47 at halftime.

To start the third quarter, In a crazy sequence of events, John Wall slung as pass across court that was picked off. He hustled back and blocked the shot in the paint and then blocked a three pointer just seconds later. It’s safe to say that he picked up his defense for this one as that part of his game has been questioned as of late.

Bradley Beal scored his first bucket of the game on a transition dunk midway through the third quarter and that seemed to get him going a little as he ended the quarter with seven points.

Marcin Gortat continued to impose his will on a thinned out Memphis front line with several put backs and shots around the rim. The game got a little chippy and the fouls got more and more physical. Things escalated a bit toward the end of the third quarter when Jon Leuer went up for a dunk and Kevin Seraphin ripped his hand off the rim causing him to fall flat on his back. Seraphin was assessed a flagrant-2 foul and was ejected from the game.

The Wizards were able to stretch the lead to 27 at one point and the Grizzlies were never able to get it back under 12 in the second half. Newly acquired Toure Murray got a little run in garbage time and scored four points.

The Wiz try to keep the momentum going as Sacramento comes into town Saturday night.