Bucks at Wizards: Bucks pull away late in the fourth quarter, drop Wizards 104-95

Washington’s offense falls apart late as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Wizards in Washington for the second time in nine days, 104-95. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks in scoring with 27 points and a career-high 19 rebounds as the Bucks snap their two-game losing skid.

John Wall led the Wizards in scoring with 27 points (16 in the first quarter) while Bradley Beal and Kelly Oubre Jr. both added 19 but aside of that trio, no other Wizards player scored more than eight points.

The lead seesawed back and forth for the majority of the game evidenced by 15 ties and 13 leads changes. Washington went cold down the stretch making just one of six free throw attempts and one field goal in the final five minutes of the game.

The Wizards two-game winning streak has been snapped and now faces their longest road trip of the year as their next five games will be played away from Capital One Arena.

Too many turnovers

After committing 23 turnovers the other night against a depleted Utah team, the Wizards tied their season-high again in turnovers with 23 this afternoon. Bradley Beal was terrible handling the ball tonight as he had seven turnovers of his own. Too often, Beal got caught with the ball in the air or made a lazy cross-court pass that inevitably got picked off.

The Bucks were opportunistic with the Wizards turnovers turning them into 25 points on the other end. The Bucks had many live ball steals of the pick-six variety that led to easy layups or dunks on the other end. With the Wizards trying to make one last push, Markieff Morris threw the ball away to Khris Middleton on a lazy cross-court pass which led to a layup that untimely killed the Wizards comeback chances.

Washington gets no scoring help outside of Wall, Beal, and Oubre

Wall, Beal, and Oubre were the only three Wizards players to crack double-figures in scoring this afternoon. Otto Porter had eight points today but one of those baskets came with the game already out of hand.

Ball movement stopped in the fourth quarter and the Wizards returned to playing hero-ball which rarely bodes well. Beal continued to go ice cold in the fourth quarter as he was 0-4 from the field and John Wall struggled to score after the first quarter unless he was getting to the line.

The only other semi-scoring option that the Wizards had tonight was Satoransky who chipped in with seven off of the bench.

Washington has no answer for Eric Bledsoe

Bledsoe torched the Wizards with 23 points on 8-15 shooting but more impressively, he was able to get whatever shot he wanted at will. When the Wizards went under screens, he’d knock down open jumpers. When Washington tried guarding him one on one, he’d fly right by his defender. Not to mention Washington had no chance of slowing down Bledsoe when he got out in the open floor.

The Bucks thrive in transition but aren’t that great in the half-court when running their offense. As a result, Bledsoe and the Bucks made the Wizards pay and it was the difference today.

Tip Ins

  • Bradley Beal’s streak of 11 straight games with 20+ points is snapped as he scored just 19 today.
  • Wall found Satoransky on two occasions where he reminded us of the hops he has:

  • Mike Scott apparently is human as he was just 2-5 from the field tonight for five points.
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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.

Wizards at Bucks Final Score: Washington uses a balanced attack to drop Milwaukee, 99-88.

Bradley Beal continued his hot shooting leading the way with 23 points as the Wizards beat the Bucks 99-88. Kelly Oubre added 18 points off the bench on 6-8 shooting on a night where Washington had six players score in double figures.

The Wizards held Giannis Antetokounmpo in check for most of the evening as the Greek Freak did score 23 points but on 8-21 shooting.

This was a terrific all-around team effort for the Wizards as they win one on the second half of a back-to-back, something that was a rarity last season.

TAKEAWAYS

Kelly Oubre provided a huge spark off the bench

Kelly Oubre checked into the game knocking down his first three-pointer late in the first quarter and you knew it would be one of those evenings for the third-year wing. As mentioned Oubre was 6-8 from the field including 3-5 from three-point range.

The reserves scored the first 18 points to start the fourth quarter for Washington including a personal 5-0 from Oubre in there. Everything was clicking for him tonight. He was knocking down catch-and-shoot threes, attacking the weak side for putbacks, and even showing off his pull-up jumper.

Once again, when the Wizards get a spark from Oubre, they often come away with the win.

Bradley Beal continues his hot scoring streak

Bradley Beal had another great game with 23 points on just 10-16 shooting. Again, Beal started hot connecting on 4-5 first shots for nine first-quarter points.

Things really got cooking for Beal in the third quarter as he knocked down a three-pointer early in the period. That would be a record-breaking 700th three-pointer becoming the youngest player in the NBA to reach 700 made threes.

The sharpshooter ended the quarter on a personal 7-0 run as the Wizards began to pull away from Milwaukee.

Too many turnovers

Washington committed 18 turnovers resulting in 18 points for the Bucks. It didn’t come back to haunt them tonight, but that’s too many for this team to be giving up. Unfortunately for the Wizards, many of these were live ball turnovers giving the Bucks easy transition opportunities.

And although they won’t show up as a turnover in the stat sheet, Washington missed a bunch of bunnies at the rim that the Bucks turned into layups and dunks on the other end.

GAME NOTES

  • Marcin Gortat notched his 6th double-double of the season with 10 points and 15 rebounds
  • Outside of Oubre, the bench combined to score a measly 10 points.
  • Free-throw shooting was better but still not great as the Wizards were 12-17 (70 percent) from the charity stripe.

Up Next

Washington heads to Charlotte to finish off their mini eastern conference road trip.

Wizards top Bucks, get back to .500.

The Wizards got their fourth road win of the season Sunday afternoon in a matinee against the Bucks in a 107-101 victory. The Bucks were without Giannis Antetekounmpo who missed today’s game with an illness. Five Wizards players scored in double figures tonight led by Bradley Beal who was 8-9 from two-point range but 2-10 from three. Markieff Morris added 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Wizards got their 18th win of the season and are back at .500.

The Bucks hit their first four three-pointers of the game to put the Wizards in an early hole. The Wizards had no answer for second-year player Malcolm Brogdon who scored 22 tonight and was hot from the get-go as the Bucks led 31-24 after one.

The Wizards cut into the lead in the second quarter on a 7-0 run led by Kelly Oubre who hit a three off the bench and also had a nice dunk in transition. Scary moment for the Wizards as Bradley Beal stepped on Brogdon’s foot and looked to roll his tender ankle again. Beal looked like he was in a significant amount of pain but stayed in the game.

The Wizards were careless with the ball committing 12 first-half turnovers leading to 16 points for the Bucks as they trailed 57-49 at halftime.

Washington blew the Bucks out 33-21 in the third quarter behind more hot shooting from Oubre as well as a late three by McClellan as the Wizards led 82-78 entering the fourth quarter.

Beal hit a nice step back three in transition as the Wizards ballooned the lead out to 9, 94-85. John Wall would hit three clutch jumpers down the stretch as the Wizards outlast the Bucks, 107-101.

The Wiz have a chance to go above .500 for the first time this season against the Bulls Tuesday night.

Big contributions from Oubre and McClellan

Kelly Oubre Jr. and Sheldon McClellan were the only two bench players who scored on Sunday. The duo combined for 25 points including four three-pointers. After a bit of a scoring slump, Oubre seems to have found a rhythm as he notched 17 points today. All of Oubre’s points either came from three-point range or at the hole. McClellan hit a three-pointer towards the end of the third quarter to stretch the Wizards lead out and then hit two key buckets in the fourth quarter. Contributions like these are welcomed as it looks like Jason Smith and Trey Burke have come back to earth.

Much needed road win

This was a much-needed road win against a team playing without it’s best player in Antetekounmpo. It’s no secret that the Wizards haven’t been so hot on the road this year so a win over the Bucks could pay dividends down the road should tie-breakers come into play. Otto Porter didn’t have a huge game but looked more like “Home Otto” especially early on in this game. The Wizards almost let this slip away as they committed 19 turnovers.

Wizards vs. Bucks final score: Wizards beat Bucks 107-102 thanks to late comeback

Otto Porter scored 32 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help Washington storm back and beat the Bucks 107-102. John Wall scored 18 points (16 in the second half) and added 16 assists to help the Wizards avoid their second-straight loss to the Bucks.

Wall and Bradley Beal struggled early in the scoring department but got their teammates involved, most notably Porter, who scored the first six points of the game. Wall only scored two points in the first half but had eight assists. Beal struggled as well from the floor but had four assists in the half as the Wizards found themselves down, 57-53 at halftime.

The third quarter was a back and forth affair as the teams traded turnovers and baskets on each end. After switching shoes at halftime, Wall scored nine points in the period as the Wizards cut the lead to two, 84-82 entering the fourth.

The Bucks used an 8-0 run with easy baskets from close in from Michael Beasley and Greg Monroe to stretch the Bucks’ lead out to 10, 96-86 early in the fourth quarter, but the Wizards would fight back. Porter and Beal hit back-to-back threes to spur an 18-4 run that was capped by Porter hitting a decisive three with 49 seconds left that put the Wizards up by 4 and helped them hold on for the win.

It wasn’t pretty, but the Wizards clamped down and came away with the W.

Otto Porter steps up

Porter scored the first six points of the game for the Wizards en route to 32 for the evening (18 in the first half). Although the three-ball wasn’t falling early on, vintage Otto was able to slash through the lane for some easy dunks and layups and also had the mid-range game going. Once again, on a night where Beal and Wall struggled, it was key that Otto carried a bulk of the scoring load. If not for Porter, this one could have gotten ugly in the first half.

Otto would hit four three-pointers in the second half to help the Wizards complete the comeback.

Must be the shoes

John Wall had eight assists in the first half but scored just two points. He switched shoes at halftime and that gave him the jolt he needed. Wall had 16 points and another eight assists after halftime, as he was an integral part of this Wizards comeback. The 16 assists were a season-high for Wall.

The Wizards share the ball

John Wall and Bradley Beal struggled to score early on but had no issues getting their teammates involved. The ball wasn’t sticking to anyone as the Wizards assisted on their first 16 baskets. Even though the backcourt had just eight first-half points, they had 12 assists through the first two quarters, which allowed Porter, Markieff Morris, and Marcin Gortat to get into a much-needed early rhythm.

Wizards no-show against the Bucks, get blown out 123-96.

Giannis Antetekounmpo scores a career-high 39 points as the Bucks blow out the Wizards, 123-96. John Wall and Otto Porter led the way for Washington with 18 points each for the Wizards. Morris added 14 points but was a defensive liability for most of the night.

The Bucks shot a blistering 68 percent from the field in the first quarter and led, 37-29 after the first quarter. Fortunately, the three ball was falling for the Wizards as they knocked down five of their first seven, otherwise, this could have gotten out of hand in the first quarter.

The Wizards were downright awful on defense tonight. Easy put backs on misses and a whopping 66 points in the paint for the Bucks were the main reasons the Wizards got blown out.

The Bucks stretched the lead out to 20 on a three-pointer from Matthew Dellavadova in the third quarter and the Wizards never got any closer.

With the loss, the Wizards fall to 1-2 on this road stretch. The Wizards host this same Bucks team on Monday, December 26th at Verizon Center.

Terrible defense from the Wizards

The Wizards were awful on the defensive-end as they gave up a season-high 73 points in the first half to the Bucks. The Wizards were slow on rotations and when they did switch, it wasn’t very clear to everyone on the court. The Wizards did a poor job in guarding the paint as both Parker and Antetekounmpo did most of their damage from close in.

Otto Porter starts out hot

After suffering back spasms just two nights ago, it was unclear whether Porter would play tonight. Porter responded with 18 points on 7-9 shooting including 4-5 from three-point range. If it wasn’t for Porter in the first quarter, this one could have been over early. Unfortunately, Porter had no answer when guarding Antetekounmpo on the other end.

The Wizards gave up a lot of dunks tonight. Here are some of the best.

Wizards vs. Bucks final score: Wizards use late run to beat the Bucks, 110-105

The Wizards used a late 11-0 run to pull away and defeat the Bucks 110-105. John Wall led the way with 24 points and 11 assists but Kelly Oubre stole the show with 19 points (a career high) and nine rebounds in arguably the best game of his young career. Bradley Beal and Marfieff Morris chipped in with 20 and 15 points respectively.

The Wizards started this game out sluggishly, connecting on just one of their first seven shots as they found themselves in an early hole. The Bucks shot 61 percent in the first quarter behind several three-pointers from Mirza Teletovic, as they took a 32-23 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Wizards bench came up big, starting the quarter on a 12-0 run to regain the lead. After that, the Bucks held the lead for a majority of the second quarter but the Wizards were able to fight back and tie the game at 52 at halftime.

The Wizards got off to another sluggish start to start the third quarter as the Bucks outscored the Wiz, 10-2 over the first 4:42 of the quarter. The Wizards countered with a 9-0 run as the lead would seesaw back and forth only to be tied at 77 entering the fourth quarter.

The Bucks got out to a six-point lead but once again, it was Kelly Oubre who came up with big plays. A corner three-pointer as well as a steal and a dunk on the other end helped the Wizards regain the lead and ice the game.

The Wizards have now won two straight and three of their last four games.

Kelly Oubre continues to make strides

Oubre was the first player off of the Wizards bench for Markieff Morris and was then tasked with guarding Giannis Antetokounmpo for parts of the second half. He made his mark with 19 points (9 in the first half) and nine rebounds. Rather than dribbling the ball into crowds, Oubre stuck to his strengths tonight with catch-and-shoot threes as well as put backs around the rim.

Oubre picked off a pass in the fourth quarter and finished with an uncontested breakaway dunk. Plays like this were something Wizards fans dreamt of when he was drafted. Expect Oubre to get more and more minutes as the season rolls along.

The bench turns in another solid performance

The reserves combined for 32 points tonight (16 in the first half) led by Oubre with 19. The bench started the second quarter on a 12-0 run as the Wizards regained the lead, 35-32. Aside from Oubre, Burke turned in a decent performance as he scored five points tonight. This was key as Burke did all of his scoring in the second quarter as Wall was resting on the bench. The bench, often known for blowing leads, was able to maintain and regain the lead tonight, at least in the first half. Let’s hope that what we saw tonight becomes more of the norm for this unit.

All around, great team effort

The Wizards won a game where five players scored in double figures with three (Gortat, Oubre, Morris) players coming up just one rebound or point shy of a double-double. For the first time in a long time, the Wizards got a great, all-around effort. Morris, who’s caught a bit of heat this past week for his lack of effort turned in one of his better performances. It was a collective effort as Wall, Beal, and Porter all hit key shots for this team down the stretch.