Wizards vs. Raptors Game 2 final score: Washington can’t slow Toronto down in 130-119 loss

DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points and led a Toronto onslaught as the Raptors rolled over the Wizards 130-119 in Game 2 of their first-round series on Tuesday night.

John Wall scored a game-high 29 points to go along with 9 assists but got next to no help from his fellow starters. The rest of the starting five combined for 27 only points. Mike Scott, arguably the second best player on the Wizards in this series had a nice game with 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting and 4-of-5 from three-point range and Ty Lawson, playing his first game as a Wizard, added 14 points and 8 assists off the bench.

Toronto started the game where they left off from the last one, connecting on their first four field goals and forcing Scott Brooks to burn an early timeout. The timeout didn’t work. The Raptors knocked down seven three-pointers in the opening period en route to a franchise-record 44-point first quarter.

Washington started the second quarter connecting on their first six field goals but unfortunately for the Wizards, they couldn’t get any defensive stops. They trailed 76-58 at halftime and if it weren’t for Mike Scott scoring 14 first-half points, it could have been way uglier.

Washington got back into the game with a better second half. They trimmed the deficit to 10 at end of the third quarter and even cut the lead to five, 108-103, in the fourth quarter. But as soon as they got within an arm’s reach, Toronto countered with a 17-4 run to pull away and send the Wizards back home down 0-2.

Takeaways

This one was over early

Otto Porter knocked down a midrange jumper to start the game as the Wizards took a 2-0 lead. But, that was just about the only thing that went well for the Wizards in a nightmarish first quarter for Washington where they showed just about as much intensity as they would in a mid-January game against the Atlanta Hawks.

Washington’s regular season bad habits, mainly on the defensive end, reared their ugly head from the get-go. The Wizards couldn’t get a stop in the first quarter if their life depended on it and lapses occurred in a variety of ways. Toronto had the ball on a string, and that had Washington scrambling and more often than not, creating wide-open three-point attempts for the Raptors.

With the Wizards already in a 17-6 hole, John Wall picked up his second foul of the game on an offensive foul where he was out of control driving through the lane at the 7:42 mark of the first quarter. His early foul trouble led Ty Lawson to see his first action as a Wizard. To make matters worse, Bradley Beal picked up his second foul and was forced to go to the bench at the 3:59 mark of the period all but erasing Washington’s hopes in this one not even one quarter into the game.

Toronto shot 59 percent from the field and knocked down 7-13 three-point attempts en route to a franchise-high 44-point first quarter.

The Wizards trailed by as many as 22 points in a quarter that featured two separate 10-0 runs by the Raptors.

All Washington starters not named John Wall no-showed tonight

John Wall led the Wizards with 29 points and 9 assists with most of his damage coming after halftime as he was sidelined for most of the first half with foul trouble. He was much more aggressive in the second half and again, was not settling for jumpers. He got to the hole and finished and got to the stripe as well, knocking down all 11 free-throw attempts.

Unfortunately for Wall and the Wizards, he was the only starter who played well. Porter, Morris, Beal, and Gortat combined for 27 points on 32 shots. Morris was -31 on the night and Beal was a -34, the worst plus/minus for a Wizards player in a playoff in 20 years.

Game Notes

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Wizards vs. Bulls final score: Tomas Satoransky’s career-best night lifts Wizards to 101-90 win in Chicago

Tomas Satoransky turned in a career night with 25 points on 10-12 shooting to go along with six assists as the Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls, 101-90 on Saturday night.

Otto Porter added 14 points and Mike Scott chipped in with 14 off the bench as the Wizards avoided their first three-game losing skid of the season.

Chicago took a 2-0 lead on a Robin Lopez jumper to start the game. It was the only time the Wizards trailed all game as they were able to maintain a double-digit lead the rest of the way for most of the evening.

Washington won the war of attrition as Tomas SatoranskyTim Frazier, and Ian Mahinmi were forced to leave the contest early for varying reasons and Markieff Morris didn’t dress due to flu-like symptoms, but regardless, the Wizards still found a way to get the win on the road.

Takeaways

Sato turns in a career night

Tomas Satoransky scored a career-high with 25 points tonight on a blistering hot 10-12 shooting including knocking down five-of-six of his three-point attempts to go along with six assists. He set the tone early for the Wizards as he was constantly looking to push the ball and get out in transition. As a result, the Wizards had three uncontested dunks or layups in the first quarter.

He got going early by making all three three-point attempts in the first half as Washington built a double-digit lead. When the ball wasn’t in his hands on offense, he kept himself involved with timely cuts through the paint.

Sato continued his hot shooting in the second half as he added another 10 points including this three-pointer to give him a new career high in points and three-pointers made.

The Wizards let if fly from 3

The Wizards came into this contest averaging just 26.5 three-point attempts per contest, but they came out gunning from three-point range in the first quarter where they took 13 shots from deep and connected on six of them.

Washington had a cold stretch from distance through the second quarter and into the third quarter but it was key three-pointers from Tomas Satoransky, Jodie Meeks, and Mike Scott in the fourth quarter as the Wizards were able to halt any run whenever it looked like Chicago might get back in this one.

A war of attrition

At the 2:35 mark of the fourth quarter, Tomas Satoransky drove baseline for a dunk and Bobby Portis fouled him up high resulting in a very scary fall for Satoransky.

Sato looked to have a gash on the side of his head and didn’t return putting a damper on a career night.

Earlier in the game, Tim Frazier hit his head on Bobby Portis’ knee when diving for a loose ball. He left the game with a nasal fracture.

If either player has to miss time, don’t be surprised to see the Wizards grab a point guard to provide more depth.

Markieff Morris missed tonight’s game due to flu-like symptoms and it looks like it might be spreading around as Ian Mahinmi played in the first half but didn’t return in the second half due to illness. As a result, Jason Smith and Chris McCullough received some unexpected playing time.

Game Notes

  • Bradley Beal had a second straight cold shooting night as he was held to just seven points on 3-13 shooting and missed all seven of his 3-point attempts.
  • The Washington bench combined for 38 points led by Mike Scott with 14 and Jodie Meeks with 10.
  • Everyone was eating yet again as the Wizards combined for 31 assists.

Next up: The Wizards play their final game before the All-Star break in New York on Wednesday against the Knicks at 7 p.m.

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.

Bulls at Wizards final score: Wizards ride Beal’s hot shooting for a 114-110 victory

Washington’s stars came up biggest when it mattered the most.

Bradley Beal led the way for the Wizards with 39 points (17 coming in the fourth quarter) as the Wizards beat the red-hot Chicago Bulls, 114-110. John Wall added 21 points and nine assists as Washington claws out a win against an ever so tricky, sub .500 team.

The Bulls took the lead early on in the first quarter and led for most of the game. Credit the Bulls, whenever the Wizards made a run to trim the lead, Chicago had an answer, most of the time.

With 9 seconds remaining and the game tied at 110; Bradley Beal had a chance to ice the contest with two free throws. Unfortunately, Beal’s free throw shooting struggles continued as he rimmed both of them out. There was an all out scramble for the loose ball which ended up in the hands of Kelly Oubre who quickly passed it to John Wall who got fouled. John Wall would knock down two free throws to ice the game as the Wizards hold on for a 114-110 victory.

Bradley Beal comes up huge for the Wizards

Beal had 15 points through the first 24 minutes, but Brad really started to shine in the fourth quarter when the Wizards needed him most. Beal scored 17 points in the fourth quarter including 15 straight for the Wizards as they scrapped out the victory.

In the final period, whenever the Wizards clawed back into the game on the heels of Beal, the Bulls had a counter punch. However, Bradley Beal would hit a clutch three to tie the game at 101

another three-pointer to tie the game at 104, and another three to give the Wizards a 107-106 lead late in the fourth quarter.

The soon to be All-Star was near perfect tonight as he finished with 39 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists.

His only hiccup was missing two late free-throws which could have iced the game.

John Wall looks like himself

Things haven’t quite clicked 100 percent for Wall but it’s clear, this team is at its best when Wall is getting out in transition and looking to set up others. Wall ended the night with nine assists but once again, his shooting struggled as he was just 6-20 from the field.

Things opened up for the Wizards when Wall pushed the ball for Washington that ended in some easy baskets. Wall was also terrific on the defensive end as he recorded four blocks and came up with a steal late resulting in a layup and a foul on the other end.

Wall also had a clutch layup and the foul with 29 seconds remaining to put the Wizards up for good.

Kelly Oubre and Mike Scott provide the Wizards only bench production

Outside of Oubre and Scott, the Wizards bench was nowhere to be found tonight. The duo combined for 29 points on 11-17 shooting and went 5-9 from three-point range.

After missing Friday night’s game due to the birth of his child, Scott showed no rust as he hit his first six shots tonight as well as a baseline jumper as Washington regained the lead 94-93 for the first time since the first quarter.

Aside from a questionable pass in transition midway through the fourth quarter, Kelly Oubre provided some nice energy off the bench with 12 points and came up with the loose ball off of Beal’s missed free-throws with just seconds to play.

Up Next: The Wizards have two days off before they take on the New York Knicks on Wednesday.

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.

Pelicans at Wizards final score: Washington uses a big third quarter to run away from New Orleans, 116-106

No lead is safe with the Wizards and tonight proved it.

Washington raced out to a 25-point second quarter lead on to blow the lead in the third quarter but retake control in the second half for a 116-106 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Bradley Beal led the Wizards in scoring with 26 points as six Washington players scored in double-figures tonight. Mike Scott continued his hot streak with 24 points off the bench on 11-15 shooting from the field.

Washington led 58-33 in the second quarter and it looked like it would be smooth sailing for the Wizards. But New Orleans ended the quarter on a 22-3 run to cut the deficit to six, 61-55 at halftime.

After tying the game at 61, it was Washington’s turn to go on a run. After six early points in the third frame from New Orleans, the Wizards outscored the Pelicans 32-9 to take control of the game.

Washington gets back in the win column with an up-and-down performance over the Pelicans.

Takeaways

Bradley Beal takes over in the second half

Beal scored just four points in the first half. And with a slow start to the third quarter, it looked like Beal would be in for a long night. Lo and behold, Bradley Beal rolled his ankle when he stepped on E’Twaun Moore’s foot in the third quarter and that seemed to get him going.

Beal hit three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to give Washington a 91-68 lead late in the third quarter as he ended the period with 14 points. Brad stayed aggressive in the fourth quarter both attacking the rim and knocking down his three-point attempts.

Brad played a key part in Washington’s run to blow this game open in the second half.

John Wall looked better

After three ho-hum games from Wall, he finally turned in a solid performance in his fourth game back from injury. Wall ended the night with 18 points, 10 assists, and 6 rebounds but most importantly, looked like he had his speed back.

Wall has been hesitant in the first few games back from injury but that wasn’t the case tonight. Wall’s shot was falling early as he scored 14 points including going 3-4 from three-point range before the first quarter was over.

Wall’s production slowed down over the course of the game but that’s to be expected of a guy returning from a knee injury.

This was John Wall’s first game back from injury where he logged double-digit assists including this nifty no-look pass.

Mike Scott keeps rolling

I sound like a broken record but once again, Mike Scott was rolling. This time to the tune of 24 points on 11-15 shooting and a mind-boggling 9-10 on two-point field goal attempts.

Scott came in and was instant offense connecting on his first six field goals tonight. Once again, Scott provided the punch off the bench that the Wizards needed to stretch their first half-lead and second-half lead.

Don’t look now but yet again; Scott played more minutes than Markieff Morris 23-20.

Tip Ins

  • Marcin Gortat notched his eighth double-double of the season with 10 points and 14 rebounds.
  • Ian Mahinmi dished out a career-high five assists.
  • Washington turned 16 New Orleans turnovers into 25 points.

Up Next: Washington heads to Brooklyn looking to exact revenge for a loss just one week ago.

Wizards vs. Cavaliers final score: Washington can’t overcome LeBron James’ triple-double in 106-99 loss

LeBron James notched his fourth triple-double in the past five games with 20 points, 15 assists, and 12 rebounds as the Cavs used a late fourth quarter run to beat the Wizards, 106-99 on Sunday night.

Kevin Love also turned in a big game for the Cavs, knocking down a team-high 25 points on 5 of 8 shooting from three-point range.

Bradley Beal scored a game-high 27 points on 10 of 27 shooting while Mike Scott added 19 but outside of those two, no one else proved to be a consistent scoring threat for the Wizards.

As we know with the Wizards, they tend to play to their level of competition for better or for worse. Washington was in this game up until the very end in an exciting back-and-forth affair that featured 9 ties and 15 lead changes.

Takeaways

Outside of Bradley Beal and Mike Scott, no one on the Wizards provided much of a scoring threat

Markieff Morris scored seven of his 10 points in the first quarter and Kelly Oubre had some timely buckets but outside of Beal and Scott, no one was really a scoring threat throughout the entire game for Washington.

Beal scored the first seven points of the second quarter for Washington to keep them in the game after it looked like the Cavs might pull away early.

Beal kept letting it fly in the second half as it was clear that no other Wizards besides Mike Scott would be much of a scoring threat. With Wall out, we’ve seen Beal go into ‘hero-ball’ mode for better or for worse. Tonight, it helped the Wizards as they were able to stay within striking distance until the very end.

John Wall was very aggressive attacking the hole in the first half as he was 4 of 8 from the field with many of those shots coming at the rim. However, that wouldn’t carry over into the second half, when he only scored four points on eight shots.

Mike Scott continues his hot run

Mike Scott came into the game connecting on a whopping 34 of his last 43 field goal attempts. Although he didn’t shoot 79 percent from the field tonight, he had a very solid performance with 19 points on 8 of 14 shooting.

His strong play led Scott Brooks to start him in the second half over Morris, which gave us a better look at how he’d fare in Morris’ place as a starter. He didn’t disappoint. He hit several tough shots for the Wizards to keep them going at a time when they needed a spark.

We may be on the brink of Mike Scott starting over Morris. Just saying.

Yet again, free throw shooting haunts the Wizards

Washington shot a pathetic 9 of 16 (56 percent) from the line tonight. Not only are the Wizards missing free throws but they are missing them at timely moments in the game. Morris missed one of two free throws as the Wizards were trying to claw back in this one late in the fourth quarter and John Wall only shot twice from the stripe.

Washington lost by seven and missed seven free throws; you do the math.

Game Notes

  • John Wall scored 15 points tonight passing Phil Chenier and Gus Johnson as the fifth-leading scorer in Wizards franchise history.
  • Otto Porter missed tonight’s game with a sore hip.
  • We saw a glimpse of both Markieff Morris and Mike Scott at the same time as the Cavs went with small ball lineups for most of the game.

Up Next: Washington takes on the Pelicans Tuesday evening at Capital One Arena. Get ready for 48 hours of #Boogie2DC talk.