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.

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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.

Clippers at Wizards final score: Washington sneaks by short-handed Clippers for a 100-91 victory

They aren’t all pretty, but the Wizards will take any win they can get.

Mike Scott leads the way for Washington with 22 points as the Wizards sneak past the short-handed Clippers, 100-91. Bradley Beal added 20 points and John Wall scored 15 as the Wizards avenge their loss to Los Angeles just six days ago.

Washington led by as many as 18 in the first half but it was déjà vu all over again as they blew the lead in the fourth quarter as the Clippers tied the game at 82. The Wizards took control down the stretch of the game with a 15-3 run highlighted by a Kelly Oubre four-point play.

John Wall put the fork in this one with a tough jumper at the foul line and the foul, to surge the Wizards to victory.

Takeaways

The Wizards are playing with fire

If there’s one constant with this team, it’s that no lead is big enough. Once again, the Wizards found themselves up 18 points against an injury-riddled team only to implode and let the Clippers keep this one interesting. Washington’s poor habits continued to rear their ugly heads tonight. Too many turnovers, poor efforts on defense and poor shooting allowed the Clippers to get back in this one.

Just like against the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday night, they didn’t get burned; although if they were playing a halfway decent team, there’s no way they win this game.

Mike Scott strengthens his argument

Mike Scott tied a season-high tonight leading the Wizards with 22 points in just 24 minutes of play. Scott saw more playing time tonight as Markieff Morris was in foul trouble most of the evening.

Scott continues to hit tough floaters in the lane, timely three-pointers and is active on the offensive glass. The veteran only missed one shot tonight (9-10 from the field) and connected on 2-3 three-point attempts.

It’s going to be very hard for Scott to maintain this pace, however, while he’s hot, the coaching staff needs to ride his hot hand over Markieff Morris.

John Wall has another up and down performance

John Wall wasn’t very good for most of the night. He took far too many tough jumpers and was loose with the ball evidenced by his five turnovers. He shot just 5-16 from the field and was 1-6 from range.

However, Wall came up big down the stretch with a nice assist to Gortat for an easy dunk and a tough jumper and the foul to ice the game.

As Wall continues to return from injury, it would be nice to see him focus more on setting teammates up rather than jack up a ton of shots because not many of them are falling right now.

Game Notes

  • Washington had two separate 12-0 runs in the first half.
  • Kelly Oubre Jr. completed a four-point play in the midst of a key Washington run late as they pulled away.

  • Otto Porter suffered a right thigh bruise in the first quarter and never returned.

Up Next  

LeBron James and the red-hot Cavaliers come to Washington on Sunday night. The last time the Cavs were in town, James scored 57 against the Wizards.

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 at Clippers final score: Lou Williams buries a three-pointer late as the Clippers beat the Wizards, 113-112.

Washington’s second-half comeback was all for naught as Lou Williams hits a three-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining as the Clippers win, 113-112. Lou Williams scored a game-high 35 points as the Wizards’ losing streak in Los Angeles against the Clippers is now stretched to nine games.

After a little bit of a rough patch, Otto Porter had a bounce-back game with 27 points on 10-16 shooting. Bradley Beal scored just two points in the first half but came alive in the second half with 23 points.

Ian Mahinmi and Mike Scott scored 14 and 22 points respectively, both season-highs.

This was definitely a tough one for Washington to lose, dropping them to 2-2 on the road trip.

Takeaways

Mike Scott has his best game of the season

Mike Scott turned in his best performance as a Wizard tonight with 22 points on 9-11 shooting. Scott came into the game with a streak of connecting on eight-straight field goals and was able to stretch that to 12 as he made his first four shots of the game

Not only was Scott hitting tough mid-range jumpers like he often does –

he was terrific from three-point range connecting on 3-4 attempts including one right in front of the Clippers bench as Washington regained the lead late in the fourth quarter.

This game solidified Scott’s role as the second-best player off the bench and with Markieff Morris struggling, it’ll be interesting to see what happens at the power forward position.

A bounce-back game for Otto Porter

After a mini rough patch, Otto Porter had a nice bounce-back game tonight with a team-high 27 points. Porter connected on his first three three-pointers tonight and sparked an early 13-2 lead for Washington.

Otto came up big for Washington down the stretch as he too, hit a three-pointer right in front of the Clippers bench to give Washington the lead only the follow that up with a sky-high floater over DeAndre Jordan as it looked like Washington might close this one out.

Let’s hope this game officially got Otto out of his scoring funk.

Free-throw shooting comes back to haunt the Wizards

Washington was awful from the line going 15-23 (65 percent) this afternoon. Ian Mahinmi was 6-6 from the charity stripe tonight while the rest of the team was just 9-17.

With the Wizards up, 109-105, Tomas Satoransky had a chance to ice the game as he was at the free-throw line with under a minute remaining; but he missed them both.

Washington lost this game by one and missed eight free throws. You do the math.

Tip Ins

  • Washington hasn’t beaten the Clippers in Los Angeles since 2008.
  • Kelly Oubre Jr. was held scoreless in 20 minutes of action.
  • Satoransky, Scott, and Mahinmi outscored their counterparts in Frazier, Morris, and Gortat, 47-13.

Up Next

Washington heads to Brooklyn Tuesday evening hoping to end the road-trip with a winning record.