Wizards at Raptors Game 5 final score: Washington falls apart late in 108-98 loss to Toronto

The Wizards had no answer for DeMar DeRozan who scored a game-high 32 points as the Raptors beat the Wizards 108-98 taking a 3-2 series lead. Kyle Lowry scored 17 points but Delon Wright exploded for 18 off the bench for a Toronto team who can now close this series out on Friday night.

John Wall tried to will the Wizards to victory with 26 points, 9 assists, and 9 rebounds, but he ran out of gas late and none of the other Washington players were able to pick up the slack.

Bradley Beal scored 20 points and Kelly Oubre had a nice game with 14 points but it wouldn’t be enough as the Wizards now find themselves on the brink of elimination.

Washington falls apart in the fourth quarter

Washington played outstanding tonight – through three quarters. The Wizards took every punch from the Raptors but the one Toronto landed in the fourth quarter was just too much for Washington to overcome.

The Wizards led by five, 87-82 on a Kelly Oubre dunk just minutes into the fourth quarter and it looked like they might go on a run.

But that’s when everything started to fall apart as Toronto outscored the Wizards 26-11 to close out the game after that play. Regular season bad habits like turnovers, being loose with the ball, and taking very tough shots reared their ugly heads late in the game as Washington started the quarter just 6-17 from the field and scored just 20 points in the period.

Tip your cap to the Raptors’ bench, mainly, Delon Wright who came alive in the fourth quarter. With Toronto up one and the shot clock winding down, Wright hit a three from the right wing to put Toronto up 97-93 and the scoring onslaught ensued. The Wizards looked gassed down the stretch and showed no life over the final six minutes of the game as the final score wasn’t indicative of how close this game was.

Washington needs a complete 48-minute effort on Friday if they’re going to keep their season alive. Because like we saw in Game 1 and again tonight, playing the Raptors tough for 3.5 quarters isn’t enough to come away with the win.

A third scorer never emerges

John Wall continued to stuff the stat sheet with 26 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists. Bradley Beal chipped in with 20 (just 3 in the fourth quarter) but the team didn’t get a whole lot of offense from anyone else aside from Kelly Oubre (14 points).

The Wizards looked like they were trying to get Otto Porter going early on as he scored four points on 2-3 shooting in the opening minutes of the game. But Porter never really got going after that opening stretch as he ended the night with just nine points on 4-9 shooting.

Bradley Beal struggled once again in the fourth quarter as he only scored three points – on a three-pointer in garbage time. With Beal missing shots and Wall looking gassed in the fourth quarter, no one else emerged to get baskets for the Wizards.

That was the difference tonight as the backcourts essentially canceled each other out but Toronto had a third guy (Wright) explode for 18 points whereas Washington did not.

Washington couldn’t buy a basket in the second quarter

Ty Lawson drove into the teeth of the defense finding Kelly Oubre on the left wing for a three-pointer at the 9:02 mark giving Washington a 33-31 lead. After that bucket, the Wizards would go ice cold from the field.

Washington’s next made field goal came on a runner at the 3:56 mark to end what was a five minute and six second drought without a made basket. Fortunately for the Wizards, they were playing stout defense and were and were getting to the line where they knocked down 8-11 attempts in the first half.

Washington shot just 7-21 (33 percent) in the period and all things considered, it could have been a whole lot worse as the Wizards were down just one, 48-47 at halftime.

If I told you before the game that the Wizards would shoot 37.5 percent from the field in the first half yet would trail by just one, 48-47 at halftime; we’d all take it.

Game Notes

  • Marcin Gortat turned in another nice game with 10 points and 12 rebounds
  • The rotations and late game play calls remain a head-scratcher for this Washington team
  • The Wizards shot just 5-26 from three-point range
  • When a series is tied at two games apiece, the winner of Game 5 goes on to win the series 83 percent of the time
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Raptors at Wizards Game 4: Washington turns in a gritty performance for a 106-98 victory over Toronto

Bradley Beal fouled out with just under four minutes to play with the game tied at 92 sucking all the life out of Capital One Arena. Even though the game was tied, the Wizards looked defeated. But the Wizards, the up-and-down Wizards, they don’t know what to expect next Wizards persevered and closed the game on a 14-4 run and beat the Raptors 106-98 evening the series at two games apiece.

Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 31 points and John Wall added 27 as the Washington backcourt one-ups the Toronto backcourt of Lowry and DeRozan outscoring them 58-54 tonight. Otto Porter was quiet in the first half but scored 11 in the second half for the Wizards who have now won eight straight home playoff games dating back to last season.

Things looked bleak for the home squad early on. With the refs calling the game tight, the Raptors, well mainly DeMar DeRozan were in ultra-attack mode. DeRozan went right at the Wizards and as a result, got 12 free throw attempts (made 9) in just the first quarter alone. The Wizards, on the other hand, couldn’t buy a bucket. Washington shot just 36 percent from the field in the first quarter and trailed 30-22 after one period.

That stagnant offense carried over to the second quarter where John Wall and Bradley Beal took turns going one-on-one against the Toronto defense. To no one’s surprise, that didn’t work either and the Wizards managed to shoot even worse (34 percent) in the second quarter trailing 51-40 at halftime.

Washington’s offense finally got going in the third quarter, once they were able to run. The Wizards got out in transition and Porter was the beneficiary knocking down two three-pointers in as many possessions to cut into the Raptors lead. Marcin Gortat, who scored 12 points tonight had two buckets from close is as Washington used a 13-2 run to tie the game at 58 in the third period.

Washington opened the period 13-20 from the field and matched their first-half point production with 40 in the third quarter, as we’d be all tied up at 80 after three.

All that excitement looked like it would be short-lived as the Raptors opened the period on an 8-0 run taking an 88-80 lead. But Bradley Beal would come alive knocking down a three in transition and two free throws to tie the game again at 90.

That’s when all hell broke loose. With just four minutes to play, DeMar DeRozan stumbled over Beal’s foot in what was a very questionable foul call, fouling Beal out of the game. With the game tied at 92, the Wizards would have to play the last three minutes and change without their best scorer.

But that’s when the Wizards locked in defensively. Washington was able to limit Lowry and DeRozan down the stretch who’d been killing them all night. DeRozan missed four of his last five shots to end the game and the Wizards knocked down their free throws to ice it.

We’ve got a brand new series as we’re all tied up at two games apiece now.

Wall and Beal outduel DeRozan and Lowry for a second straight game

John Wall and Bradley Beal got the best of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry as the duo combined for 58 points. Wall scored 27 of those to go along with 14 assists and six rebounds in the Wizards victory.

Bradley Beal continued his hot shooting out of the gate with nine points on 4-6 shooting in the first quarter. Wall and Beal were the only Wizards players who could do anything on the offensive end in the first half scoring 23 of the Wizards’ 40 points.

Beal got going yet again in the third quarter with five quick points to get the Wizards back within striking distance. John Wall’s jumper was falling too as he was knocking down his pull-up and elbow jumper with consistency. Wall was able to get to the line tonight but knocked down just 7 of his 10 attempts. But as Wall does best, he was getting others involved, dishing out most of his 14 assists after halftime.

DeMar DeRozan was unstoppable tonight scoring a game-high 35 points this evening. The Wizards had no answer for DeRozan early on as he got in the paint, knocked down long twos, and was able to get to the line evidenced by his 18 free throw attempts. The Wizards had no answer for the All-Star through three quarters but were able to put the clamps on him in the fourth quarter.

To no one’s surprise, another ‘House of Guards’ game results in another Washington victory.

Good Oubre Bad Oubre was on full display tonight

Kelly Oubre’s rollercoaster of a season continued tonight as the third-year player could not knock down a jump shot. However, that didn’t prevent him from attacking the hole and getting to the line. Once Oubre realized his shot wasn’t falling, he’d stick his head down and attack the hole – sometimes resulting in a layup, sometimes resulting in a foul, and other times, resulting in a turnover. Oubre’s 10 points off the bench were highest amongst Washington reserves tonight and the Wizards needed every one of them.

Oubre came up big for the Wizards on the defensive end with the role of stopping DeRozan in the second half. He did about as good as a job as one could in stopping the All-NBA scorer. With Beal fouled out, Oubre did a terrific job snagging loose balls and coming up with two steals in the final four minutes.

The Wizards need this type of effort from Oubre if they are going to win this series.

Tip Ins

  • Marcin Gortat had another very nice game with 12 points (6-8 shooting) to go along with 6 rebounds

  • Otto Porter, who scored just one point in the first half ended the game with 12 including many timely buckets as the Wizards were mounting their comeback
  • The Wizards had another nice game defensively coming up with 10 steals and 8 blocks for the evening

Raptors at Wizards Game 3: Washington protects home court with 122-103 blowout win

John Wall and Bradley Beal explode for 28 points each as the Wizards stay alive in the series, blowing out the Raptors 122-103 on Friday night. Marcin Gortat had a throwback game with 16 points and five rebounds and Otto Porter chipped in with 8 points and 8 rebounds as the Wizards win their seventh straight home playoff game dating back to last season.

Everyone not named Bradley Beal looked tight for the Wizards to start this game. Beal, who took just 11 shots and scored only nine points in Game 2 was ultra aggressive early on scoring 12 points on 5-7 shooting in the first quarter.

But it was the energy from Kelly Oubre that jumpstarted the Wizards. Oubre was very active on the defensive end deflecting passes while also diving on the floor for loose balls. That activated an 11-2 run in the second quarter for the Wizards to take control of the game 69-61, at the break.

The second half was very chippy and will be something to keep an eye on as the series progresses. In the opening minutes of the third quarter, Wall threw an outlet pass to Beal who went up for the dunk and got hit across the head by Kyle Lowry resulting in a flagrant-1 foul. Just minutes later, Jonas Valanciunas got called for an offensive foul and when Beal went to grab the ball from Valanciunas, he wasn’t having it. The two got tangled up but it was Wall and Serge Ibaka who ended up getting into it and both picking up technical fouls.

That sparked another jolt into the Wizards as they went on a 12-2 run to go up 94-76 and never looked back in this one. Aside from a mini lag in the fourth quarter where the Raptors were able to claw within 13, Washington had this one in the bag.

Washington protects home court and are on the series scoreboard, 2-1.

We finally get a House of Guards game

One of these guys isn’t enough – the Wizards need both Bradley Beal and John Wall to play well if they’re going to win this series, and tonight they got it. The duo combined for 56 points, 18 assists (Wall with 14), and seven steals in this one. John Wall got off to a slow start connecting on just 1-4 field goal attempts but Beal snapped out of his mini-funk with 12 points on 5-7 shooting in the first quarter.

Wall looked to push the ball in transition tonight finding Beal in the corner for wide-open threes. In the halfcourt, Wall would drive baseline or into a crowded painted area only to kick it out to Beal for the wide-open jumper.

The House of Guards (do we still call them that?) combined for 40 of the Wizards 69 first-half points this evening.

In games 1 and 2, Wall was outstanding but Beal never arrived to the party. It’s nights like tonight that remind you what this team is capable of when both guys show up.

Washington shows up on the defensive end

This isn’t brain surgery here but when the Wizards lock in defensively, they’re a very good team. The Wizards played much better defense to start this one but you couldn’t tell by looking at the score as Toronto started the game 5-7 from the field including 3-4 from three-point range. But, active hands defensively, starting with Oubre, flipped the script for the Wizards in this one.

The Wizards got their hands on passes, were first to the floor, and forced Toronto into many mistakes as they turned 13 Raptors turnovers into 22 points in the first half alone. Many of those turnovers were of the live-ball variety and there’s no one better than Wall to push the ball on an odd-man break off of those live-ball turnovers.

Marcin Gortat had a bit of a throwback game tonight and played much better on Valanciunas even though he scored 14 points. Mahinmi stepped in and played his role as a rim protector with three blocks (all in the first half) and Mike Scott held his own against the likes of Pascal Siakam and Jakob Poeltl.

The difference in defensive effort from Games 1 & 2 and tonight was night and day.

Tip Ins

  • Mike Scott was a perfect 4-4 from the field for 12 points and the dagger to all but end this one

  • Otto Porter only scored eight points tonight but knocked down two timely three-pointers at times where the Wizards’ lead was dwindling
  • Ty Lawson continues to provide value with 5 points, 2 assists, and 4 rebounds in just 15 minutes of play

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

Wizards vs. Bulls final score: Wall-less Washington falls flat in 113-94 loss to Chicago

The Chicago Bulls, who rank 25th in three-point shooting, knocked down 18 shots from deep as the Bulls blew out the Wizards 113-94 in the latest #SoWizards loss of the season on Sunday afternoon. Lauri Markkanen, who knocked down five 3-pointers, led the Bulls with 23 points and Bobby Portis added 18 to help the Bulls avoid the season sweep against the Wizards.

Otto Porter scored a team-high 17 points for the Wizards and Mike Scott added 14 points off the bench, but don’t let the stat sheet fool you, the Wizards didn’t get much help from anyone else.

Washington fell behind quickly as Chicago went 8-for-11 on threes in the first quarter to take a 36-21 lead. Washington was able to claw their way back in the game in the second quarter with solid bench play. The reserves combined for 20 points in the opening half and trimmed the deficit to four, 45-41 midway through the quarter.

Unfortunately for the Wizards, careless play from the starters carried over into the second half and the game got out of hand pretty quickly in the third quarter. When it was all said and done, the Wizards gave up 113 points on 52.4 percent shooting from the field and 52.9 percent shooting from deep. It’s Chicago’s fifth-best shooting performance of the season and tied for their best performance of the season from long range.

Takeaways

Washington can’t overcome Chicago’s blazing hot first-half shooting

Chicago was on fire to start this one.

Nearly everything that Bobby Portis, Lauri Markkanen, and Justin Holiday threw up went in as the trio combined for 40 points in the first half including a 9-for-11 performance from three-point range. Chicago rode poor Washington defense combined with red-hot shooting as the Bulls used a 14-0 run in the first quarter to take a 36-21 lead.

The hot shooting carried over into the second quarter as they knocked down 10 of their first 14 shots to start the period and increase their lead after the Washington reserves trimmed it down to four.

Washington dug themselves into too big of a hole and was never ever to come back in this one as they gave up 11 threes and 68 points on 64 percent shooting to a lottery-bound Bulls team in the first half.

Aside from Otto Porter, the starters were awful today

You may look at the box score and think some of the starters not named Otto Porter played OK in this one – but don’t let the numbers fool you. Yes, Bradley Beal and Marcin Gortat scored in double-figures this afternoon, however, there was no fight and energy from the starting five today.

Chicago was running a clinic on how to burn your opposition with backdoor cuts as Washington fell asleep defensively too many times. The starters were a step slow in their closeouts resulting in open looks for Chicago. They also provided no resistance in the paint, which allowed the Bulls to get shots from close in or kick the ball out to open shooters on the perimeter.

Outside of Porter, the starters looked disinterested in this game. But, we’ve seen this movie before – many times.

On the bright side, Washington only has two games left against teams with losing records (Atlanta, at Orlando).

Kelly Oubre’s shooting struggles continue

If it isn’t a layup or dunk, Kelly Oubre isn’t making it. His shooting struggles continued once again as he was a horrid 2-for-8 from the field and missed all three of his 3-point attempts. He curled off a screen for a nice drive to the hole for his first basket of the game and it looked like that might get him going. But then he started taking shots outside of the painted area, and that’s when things went sour.

He missed every shot that wasn’t a layup or dunk and has made just one of his last 26 3-point attempts. Washington needs Oubre to break out of this slump in the worst way.

Game Notes

  • You know how the rule goes, “If Jason Smith throws down a thunderous jam, the Wizards are a lock to win.” Well, rules are meant to be broken:

  • Speaking of Jason Smith, coach Brooks opted to play Smith over Ian Mahinmi at the backup center position. It’s Mahinmi’s second DNP-CD of the season.
  • With the loss, the Wizards are now 4 games behind the Pacers for fifth place, which essentially locks them into the sixth, seventh, or eight seed.
  • John Wall did not play in this one as a precaution after making his return on Saturday.

Next up: The Wizards are heading to Texas to face the top-ranked team in the West, the Houston Rockets, on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Hornets at Wizards Final Score: Wiz buzz Hornets 107-93 in Wall’s return, clinch playoff spot

Otto Porter proves his previously rolled ankle was no issue as he leads with Wizards with 26 points and Washington knocks off Charlotte, 107-93. John Wall, who played in his first game since going under the knife on January 30th didn’t miss a beat with 15 points and 14 assists in 33 minutes of play as the Wizards clinched a playoff birth for the fourth time in five years.

Even with the return of Wall, the Wizards lacked energy on the defensive end. Charlotte got too many opportunities from close in evidenced as Washington gave up 28 points in the paint to Charlotte in the first half and trailed 51-50, at halftime.

Washington would flip the script in the second half roaring out to an 11-0 run to start the third quarter behind three three-pointers from Bradley Beal as they regained the lead 61-51. Washington would win the third quarter 37-23 behind 14 points in the period from Beal and led 87-74 after three quarters.

After cutting the lead to eight, Scott Brooks re-inserted the starters, as the Wizards were able to build the lead up to 16. With just minutes remaining, John Wall crossed up Malik Monk for Kentucky on Kentucky crime for the icing on the cake as the Wizards down the Hornets for the first time this season.

John Wall makes his return

John Wall knocked down his first shot of the game, a three-pointer, in his first game action since January 25th in Oklahoma City. Wall was clearly looking to get others first as he wasn’t pushing the ball in transition or driving to the hole but rather, was facilitating to get others wide-open shots.

Bradley Beal and Otto Porter were the beneficiary’s early on as they curled off screens and Wall would hit them in their shooting motion for three.

By halftime, Wall had already scored 10 points to go along with six assets all without turning the ball over.

Wall looked to push the pace in the second half after getting his feet under him and once again, Beal benefitted. Wall found Beal for two quick three-pointers to start the second half as the Wizards pulled away. After being re-inserted in the fourth quarter, Wall turned on the burners taking on two defenders for the tough layup – reminiscent of the Wall we know.

Wall did struggle a bit from the field connecting on just 6 of 17 field goals. But, we’re just nitpicking as the guy scored 15 points and dished out 14 dimes in his first game back in two months.

Washington gets hot from three-point range

After struggling from three-point range in Detroit, the Wizards found their collective stroke from three-point range this afternoon. Washington connected on 18-39 (46 percent) of their shots from three-point range in a bounce-back performance.

Otto Porter started hot and continued to stay hot knocking down 6-10 three-point attempts this afternoon including the dagger to bury the Hornets. Bradley Beal was 6-8 from range including going 3-4 from behind the arc in the third quarter as the Wizards pulled away.

Mike Scott relished in his role today as he scored 15 points including knocking down two three-pointers as Markieff Morris played in just one quarter due to flu-like symptoms.

Is it really a surprise that John Wall back in the lineup led to more transition and wide-open threes for others?

Tip Ins

  • Kelly Oubre continues to struggle with his jump shot as he was just 2-14 from the field today and just 1-9 from three-point range. The Wizards need Oubre to break out of this funk and quickly if the Wizards hope to make noise come playoff time
  • Everyone eats with Wall – Washington dished out 30 assists on 40 made baskets with Wall accounting for 14 of them
  • With Wall’s return, to no one’s surprise, Ramon Sessions and Jodie Meeks have officially fallen out of the rotation

Up Next: Washington heads to Chicago to take on the Bulls on Easter Sunday.

Wizards vs. Spurs final score: Washington snaps losing streak with 116-106 win over San Antonio

Seven Wizards players score in double figures, led Markieff Morris with 15 on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting as the Wizards snapped a three-game losing skid and beat the Spurs 116-106 on Wednesday night.

The Washington reserves were outstanding tonight combining for 61 points led by Jodie Meeks with 13 points while Kelly Oubre and Mike Scott chipped in with 12 and 11 points respectively.

Unlike in games past, the Wizards had a pretty good start to this one but still trailed 24-21 after one quarter. They flipped the switch in the second quarter going on a 19-3 run to take a double-digit lead.

LaMarcus Aldridge kept the Spurs in the game with 13 points in the first half, but banged knees with a Wizard late in the second quarter and did not return. Once he was out of the game, the Wizards were able to pull away. They took a 25 point lead early in the fourth quarter and were able to rest Morris, Bradley Beal, and Otto Porter the entire quarter as they cruised to an easy win.

Takeaways

An outstanding second quarter propels the Wizards

Washington trailed 31-23 early in the second quarter and it looked like they were in for yet another methodical loss to the Spurs, but back-to-back three-pointers from Mike Scott and Jodie Meeks sparked a 19-3 run that changed the game.

The Wizards started the second quarter 7-of-10 from the field and outscored the Spurs 38-21 in the period. On top of that, the all-bench unit played outstanding defense holding the Spurs without a field goal over a four-minute stretch in the quarter.

Kelly Oubre didn’t knock down his shots from deep but crashed the glass for putbacks and encouraged others to get in on the fun as well:

After missing all three three-pointers in the first quarter, the Wizards knocked down six in the second to turn what was a three-point deficit into a 14-point lead at halftime.

A near perfect night for Porter and Morris

Otto Porter and Markieff Morris nearly pitched perfect games tonight. Both guys knocked down their first five shots of the game and had an identical stat line of 5-5 from the field for 11 points at halftime.

Porter, got going early on on the defensive end which got his offense going. He picked off a lazy Patty Mills pass which led to an easy dunk. Just moments later, he picked off another cross-court pass for a floater in the lane to jump-start a Wizards squad that’s been the victim of slow starts as of late.

Markieff Morris started the game bullying his way for a couple of easy baskets. Then he knocked down a three-pointer in the midst of the Wizards’ second quarter run as they continued to grow their lead. Morris only took two shots after halftime as he enjoyed most of the second half from the bench. He finished a perfect 7-of-7 from the field for 15 points and knocked down his only three-point attempt. Otto Porter wasn’t too shabby either with 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting and knocked down his only two three-point attempts.

Kelly Oubre’s shot from deep wasn’t falling but still remains a factor

Kelly Oubre, who’s struggled with his three-point shot since the All-Star break continued to struggle from deep tonight. However, that didn’t prevent him from being a factor in tonight’s game. After missing some early threes, Oubre stopped settling for threes and attacked the hole either pulling up in the paint or taking it all the way to the hole.

Oubre finished the game 4-9 from the field but was 4-5 on his attempts inside the three-point arc.

Game Notes

  • The bench outscored the starters, 61-55
  • The Human Victory Cigar that is Jason Smith saw some action tonight and scored 4 points in 6 minutes. He’s now scored at least one basket in each of the last five games.
  • Washington combined for 33 assists on 46 made field goals

Next up: The Wizards are heading to Detroit to face the Pistons on Thursday at 7 p.m.