Orlando at Washington Final Score: Wizards clamp down late defensively, beat Magic 117-109

John Wall led the way with 25 points and Bradley Beal notched 21 as Washington exacts revenge on Monday night taking down Orlando, 117-109. Jeff Green was outstanding once again with 18 points on 6-7 shooting and Dwight Howard added 17 points against his former team for a Washington squad that’s won consecutive games for the first this season.

In one of the more odd things you’ll ever see, this game was tied at the end of the first quarter (30-30), halftime (55-55), and third quarter (83-83).

Terrance Ross hit rough back-to-back shots to start the fourth quarter and this had all the makings of him getting his jersey retired in the #WizardsKiller hall of fame. Excellent defensive effort coupled with Jeff Green’s stellar play in the fourth quarter (10 points) opened up a comfortable lead for Washington.

With under two minutes remaining, John Wall put this game on ice as he blocked Evan Fournier’s three-point attempt only to get fouled and head down the other way for free-throws.

Washington wins, 117-109 starting this five-game homestand off on the right foot.

John Wall turns in a vintage John Wall game

Wall logged his third double-double of the season with 25 points, 10 assists, and just two turnovers. Wall was able to get out in transition and attacked the hole with many of his points coming in the painted area. He was much more selective with his three-point shooting only taking three attempts (knocked down two) as he bullied the smaller D.J. Augustin.

Most importantly, Wall was engaged on the defensive end, specifically in the second half and it kick-started the Wizards.

Jeff Green turns in another outstanding performance  

Jeff Green was a near perfect 6-7 from the field for 18 points with his lone miss coming on a heave as the shot clock was winding down. Green provided a spark off the bench that Washington has desperately been looking for to start this season.

He was knocking down his threes, was very effective as the roll man with Wall in the pick-and-roll and had many timely buckets evidenced by his 10 points in the fourth quarter.

Jeff Green turned in a classic Jeff Green game only now, he’s in a Wizards uniform. Who would have thought?

Looks like Brooks has found something with the Wall-Beal-Oubre-Morris-Green lineup

For the second straight game, Brooks closed with Wall-Beal-Oubre-Morris-Green on the floor. Otto Porter and Dwight Howard didn’t play a second in the fourth quarter as it looks like Brooks might be onto something with a different iteration of small ball lineup.

This is definitely something to keep an eye out for, especially if you’re Otto Porter.


Wizards at Magic Final Score: Same ol’ sh*t, just a different day. Washington’s comeback attempt falls short in 117-108 loss to Orlando

Same ol’ shit, just a different day.

Washington tries to dig themselves out of a 24-point hole only to come up short on Friday night falling to Orlando, 117-108. Bradley Beal led the team with 27 points and John Wall had a near triple-double with 19 points, 12 assists, and seven rebounds as the House of Guards (do people still call them that?) put up the bulk of their numbers during the second half comeback.

The Wizards came out focused and were executing early on. As a result, they led 18-7 early in the first quarter forcing the Magic to burn a couple of timeouts. That focus and attention to detail spiraled out of control shortly thereafter as Orlando ended the quarter on a 23-7 run to take a 35-28 lead.

Poor play from the bench unit coupled by 14 first-half turnovers and before you knew it, Washington found themselves in a 15-point hole, 63-48 at halftime.

The Wizards didn’t start their comeback until the fourth quarter when Scott Brooks went with a Wall-Beal-Rivers-Oubre-Green lineup. That lineup was energized defensively and it carried over to the offensive end. Washington was able to cut it to 1, 106-105, on the heels of a 17-7 run but baskets from Terrence Ross and Evan Fournier would kill the comeback attempt.

Washington loses 117-108, falls to 2-9 on the season.

Wizards waste a good start

One of the issues with the Wizards, among many, is that they’ve been getting off to slow starts in games. That wasn’t the case tonight as Washington started 8-11 from the field for a quick 18-7 lead.

Dwight Howard, making his return to Orlando was outstanding early on. The Wizards made an effort to get the big man some opportunities to start, getting him some touches close to the rim as he started the game 3-3 from the field.

Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris knocked down open threes and it looked like the law of averages were maybe starting to swing back in Washington’s direction. But starting 8-11 from the field for an early 18-7 lead wasn’t enough as Washington’s lead quickly evaporated by the end of the quarter.

The Wizards locked in for 6 minutes and played very well. The issue is, they zoned out for the next 30. Playing inspired and focused basketball for periods won’t work in the NBA – you have to put it together for 48 minutes. Case in point, Washington’s 2-9 record.

There’s lazy, then there’s Wizards lazy

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Wizards at Magic Final Score: ‘Everybody Eats’ yet again as the Wizards blowout the Magic 115-98

Tomas Satoransky scored a career-high 19 points to go along with six assists as the Wizards beat the Magic, 115-98, dropping them for the third time this season. All five starters scored in double-figures and the “everybody eats” model held true again tonight as the Wizards combined for 35 assists on 46 made field goals.

After enjoying a lead for the entire first quarter, the Magic made a run early in the second period with all Washington reserves on the court. Tomas Satoransky checked back into the game at the 3:31 and that flipped the tide. Washington ended the second period on a 12-2 run upon Sato’s return as the Wizards held a comfortable 56-47 lead at halftime.

The Wizards outscored Orlando 31-22 in the third period behind eight points and five rebounds from Marcin Gortat and some knockdown three-point shooting from Satoransky as Washington would blow this one open and never look back.

The starters got a rest in the fourth quarter and the ‘human victory cigar’ in Chris McCullough scored a bucket late as Washington would cruise to a 115-98 victory.

Sato with a career-high

As mentioned, Tomas Satoransky scored a career-high 19 points on 7-9 shooting including going a perfect 3-3 from long range. He added six assists and two steals only coughing the ball up once all while locking down Elfrid Payton, a guy who’s torched the Wizards this season.

Sato was outstanding tonight looking to get others involved first and then staying within himself when looking for his own shot. He pushed the ball in transition whenever the Wizards had numbers resulting in easy baskets and even two three-pointers for him as he was wide open on the wing.

The tide turned for the Wizards at the 3:31 mark of the second quarter as Satoransky re-entered the game and forced a turnover right off the bat resulting in an easy basket for the Wizards.

All around great game from Beal

Bradley Beal was outstanding tonight finishing the game with 18 points, eight assists, and eight rebounds all in just three quarters of play. Unfortunately for Beal, the Wizards had such a large lead heading into the fourth quarter so there was no need to put Beal in and chase that triple-double.

Everything was working for Beal this evening. Nice assists to get others involved? Check. Slicing through the lane and finishing over the trees at the rim? Check. That lethal step back? You bet.

This was another All-Star worthy performance from Brad in just 31 minutes of play.

Tip Ins:

  • The win gives Washington their 17th victory over Orlando in their last 19 tries
  • Marcin Gortat added another double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds against his former team
  • Markieff Morris had another strong game with 16 points, three rebounds, and three steals tonight

Up Next: The Wizards have a very tough week ahead of them starting in Indiana against the Pacers on Monday night.

Magic at Wizards: Washington outlasts Orlando for 125-119 win behind 30 points from John Wall

The House of Guards combine for 60 points tonight as the Wizards get back in the win column with a win over the Orlando Magic, 125-119. Ian Mahinmi, yes, Ian Mahinmi scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Marcin Gortat logged another double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

After an embarrassing effort just two night ago against the Utah Jazz, the Wizards started this one fast as they shot 67 percent from the field in the first quarter. The problem was, they had no interest in playing any defense as Orlando shot 70 percent from the field in the opening quarter.

Once again, Bradley Beal had it going tonight. Beal ended the night with 30 but scored 23 points in the first half on 10-13 shooting as the Wizards led by just two, 65-63 at the break.

With the lead seesawing back and forth in the fourth quarter, John Wall knocked down two straight jumpers from the elbows to stretch the Wizards lead to six, 119-113. Marcin Gortat set a screen for Beal but slipped it late in the game for the alley-oop and icing on the cake as the Wizards would close this one out.

John Wall takes over in the fourth quarter

Remember those fourth quarter struggles we were talking about with Wall just days ago? Tonight he took over when the Wiz needed him most, in the fourth quarter on both ends of the court.

After hitting two jumpers to stretch the Wizards lead to six, the Magic ran a play for Aaron Gordon in the post with Wall switched onto him. Gordon tried backing Wall down for the easy bucket but Wall met him at the rim, rejecting his shot.

Moments later, the Magic got out in transition and would have cut the Wizards lead to three, however, Wall hustled back down the floor rejecting Jonathan Simmons at the rim.

Ian Mahinmi has his best game in a Wizards uniform

It took more than a calendar year but finally, finally, Ian Mahinmi turned in an outstanding performance on both the offensive and defensive ends for the Wizards. Mahinmi scored 17 points tonight, just two points shy of his career-high 19, and grabbed eight rebounds to go along with three blocks.

Mahinmi stuck to what he does best which is only trying to finish around the rim with either a dunk or a layup and playing stellar defense. Half of Mahinmi’s rebounds, four, came on the offensive end which ended in second-chance opportunities for Washington.

This is the Ian Mahinmi we could get used to.

The Wizards defense was AWFUL tonight

Orlando is a scoring juggernaut but tonight, they dropped 119 points on the Wizards on 51 percent shooting. Bismack Biyombo already had his career-high in the first half with 18 points (21 for the game) as the Wizards provided no resistance at the rim or in the restricted area.

On top of that, Orlando shot a very respectable 41 percent (12-29) from three-point range and there were times when the Wizards defense made Aaron Gordon look like the next coming of Reggie Miller.

They won’t be watching film for defensive strategies in this one, that’s for sure.

Tip Ins

  • John Wall eclipsed the 10,000 point mark making him the fourth player in Wizards franchise history with 10,000 points.
  • Bradley Beal notched his ninth straight 20+ point game of the season this evening.
  • You know its an offensive clinic when the Wizards score 125 points while only knocking down four three-pointers.

Magic at Wizards: Bogdanavic hits 8 three-pointers as Wiz win a wild one, 115-114.

It wasn’t easy but Washington made the shots when it counted most to beat the Magic, 115-114. Bradley Beal led the team in scoring with 32 points but it was Bojan Bogdanovic who stole the show with 27 points including a career-high eight three-pointers.

The Magic hit their first four field goals of the game whereas the Wizards went 0-3 to start which was a preview of things to come in the first half. After a deflating loss to the Raptors on Friday night, Washington was walking through the motions hoping that their talent would be enough to beat a subpar Orlando team.

Washington finally got their feet under them but still trailed by three, 28-25 after the first quarter.

Orlando came out on fire to start the second quarter knocking down their first four three-pointers and the Wizards didn’t have an answer. Wizards’ fans held their breath as Bradley Beal took a step-back jumper only to land on Terrance Ross’s foot and roll his ankle. Beal would head to the locker room but would be OK and return to the game.

The Magic came into the game as one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the league but connected on 10-20 in the first half as they led, 61-46 at halftime.

The third quarter was a game of runs. Washington threw the first punch with an 11-2 run to cut the Magic lead to 10 midway through the third quarter. But the Magic countered with a 10-0 run of their own to take the lead by 17, 88-71. The Wizards counterpunched again with an 8-0 run with several tough shots from Wall and Beal as the Wizards trailed, 90-79 entering the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter was a wild one. After the Wizards cut the lead to two, newly acquired Terrance Ross would hit a tough three-pointer to stretch the Magic’s lead out to five. And that’s when Bogdanovic caught fire. Whenever Washington needed a big bucket, Bogdanovic was there to provide it. Bogdanovic hit several clutch three-pointers down the stretch to either tie the game up or give the Wizards the lead.

Bradley Beal and Bogdanovic combined for the final 18 points for Washington. With the Wizards up one and just over 30 seconds to play, John Wall took an ill-advised shot resulting in a transition opportunity for the Magic. Fortunately for the Wizards, Aaron Gordon would miss his shot at the buzzer as the Wizards hang on to win an ugly one, 115-114.

Bogdanovic comes up big

Bogdanovic came up big for the Wizards tonight scoring 27 points with 15 coming in the fourth quarter, all on three-pointers. Whenever the Wizards needed a basket down the stretch, they kicked the ball to Bogdanovic for three. The second-newest Wizards hit a career-high eight three-pointers on 8-10 shooting from distance and is one of the main reasons Washington was able to get the victory tonight.

Bradley Beal rolls his ankle but still has a big game

As mentioned, Beal scored 32 points on 12-21 shooting including 3-5 from three-point range. Like Bogdanovic, Beal was very clutch for the Wizards knocking down big shots and driving to the hole to keep the Wizards in this game. It was a little odd that Beal didn’t touch the ball on the last possession as he’s clearly the closer for this team but regardless, it didn’t haunt them tonight.

Wizards get much-needed win

After a tough loss against the Raptors just two nights ago, the Wizards needed to beat a struggling Orlando team at home. The Wizards have struggled with Orlando this season evidenced by their 2-2 record and tonight was no different. More importantly, it gets Washington on the right foot before they head out west for a five-game road swing.

Wall scores career-high 52 points but to no avail as Wiz lose to Magic, 124-116

On a night where John Wall scored a career-high 52 points, the Wizards would fall short to the Magic, 124-116 in a game they weren’t really competitive in. Bradley Beal was the second-highest scorer for the Wizards with 19 points while Markieff Morris was the only other Wizards player to crack double figures with 10 points. This will go down as the saddest 50-point performance in Wizards history.

The Magic led by just one, 25-24 after the first quarter. Things fell apart for the Wizards in the second quarter as defense was an afterthought for this team. The Magic scored 40 points in the period on 14-20 shooting including a perfect 5-5 from three-point range. Elfrid Payton, a guy who struggles to score, knocked down his first three three-pointers in the quarter and Wizards fans knew it was going to be that kind of night.

The Magic stretched the lead to 19, 72-53 as they started the third quarter on a quick 7-1 run. John Wall would score 33-points in the second half but it was all for naught as the Wizards were never really within striking distance in this one.

Wizards lose 124-116; my friends, the sky is falling on this team.

Pathetic performance on defense

The Magic came into this game averaging a mere 93.2 points per game. They dropped 124 on the Wizards and eclipsed their season average by the end third quarter with 96 points. The Magic shot 51.8 percent from the field including 46.2 percent from three-point range. Even more surprisingly, Elfrid Payton, a player who struggles to score, shot 75 percent against the Wizards and dropped 25 points off of the bench. Simply a pathetic effort on the defensive end.

The Wizards bench is still a mess

This isn’t groundbreaking news however the Magic bench outscored the Wizards’ bench 73-22 tonight. Ian Mahinmi continues to miss time after playing in just one game after his knee surgery while the proclaimed second best offseason acquisition, Andrew Nicholson played just eight minutes tonight. Aside from firing General Manager Ernie Grunfeld for constructing such a horrific bench, there really isn’t much else to say.

John Wall scores a career-high 52 points in the saddest way possible

Wall’s 52-point performance was kind of quiet if that’s possible. Mostly due to the fact that the Wizards were down double-digits most of the game. As mentioned just three players scored in double figures tonight so Wall was forced to carry the bulk of the load. After the game, it was reported that the entire team was so fed up that only Wall talked to the media. Something is brewing inside of this locker room. Another ugly home loss against the Nuggets might be the final straw for a season that seems to be spiraling out of control.

Wizards blow a 19-point lead, hang on for first road win, 94-91.

The Wizards blew a 19-point lead but hang on to win their first road game, 94-91 as they take down the Magic. John Wall turned in another stellar performance with 26 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds but played 39 minutes tonight. Otto Porter chipped in with 19 points including two three-pointers late in the fourth quarter while the game was still in question.

After building up a first quarter 19-point lead, the Wizards saw it dwindle away as they led by just 10, 48-38 at halftime. The Magic chipped away at the lead even more as they were able to get within four, 72-68 entering the fourth quarter.

Things got chippy as Kelly Oubre went up for a dunk after a whistle and was shoved by Bismack Biyombo. Bradley Beal and Evan Fornier got into it in the middle of the scrum as all four players would receive technical fouls.

Cooler heads would prevail but the Wizards would relinquish the lead as D.J. Augustin hit a floater in the lane and got fouled by Marcin Gortat to stretch the Magic lead to four, 80-76 midway through the fourth quarter.

As mentioned, Porter would hit threes on back-to-back possessions, one from each corner to keep the Wizards within reach. John Wall would ice the game with two drives starting at the top of the key resulting in layups.

The Win brings the Wizards to 5-9 and for the first time all season, the Wizards win back-to-back games.

The bench was a no-show once again:

I feel like a broken record writing this but the bench provided next to nothing tonight. The reserves combined for just 12 points tonight led by Andrew Nicholson with six. That does not bode well as the Wizards host San Antonio tomorrow just one night after the starters played heavy minutes.

Wizards get crushed on the glass:

The Wizards were outrebounded 49-37 and gave up 14 offensive rebounds. Offensive rebounds were killer tonight as second chance opportunities often resulted in points for the Magic. Give a team two or three straight possessions and they’re bound to score. Luckily it didn’t burn the Wizards tonight.

Wall turns in another All-Star worthy performance:

As mentioned, Wall went for 26 points (10-18), 10 assists and seven rebounds tonight. To get this win, Wall needed to play heavy minutes. He looked to give more effort on the defensive end while matched up against Elfrid Payton and D.J. Augustin. In addition, Wall was able to get out in transition tonight, resulting in some easy buckets for the Wizards. It’ll be interesting to see how the coaching staff monitors his minutes as the Wizards head home to play San Antonio tomorrow.