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

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

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

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

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

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

Takeaways

This one was over early

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

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

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

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

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

All Washington starters not named John Wall no-showed tonight

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

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

Game Notes

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Wizards vs. Bulls final score: 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.

Wizards vs. Celtics final score: Washington overcomes 20 point deficit in wild 125-124 double-overtime win

Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 34 points (including 29 after the first half) while Markieff Morris added 20 and Otto Porter chipped in with 18 as the Wizards executed down the stretch to overcome a rough start and beat the Celtics 125-124 in double overtime on Wednesday night.

The Celtics, playing without Kyrie IrvingAl HorfordJaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart looked like a real-life version of Hoosiers as they connected on 8 of their first 11 shots to put Washington in an early hole. The Wizards trailed by as much as 20 in the first half, but they went on a late run to cut the Celtics’ lead to seven, 59-52, at halftime.

Beal, who was held to just five points in the first half, came roaring to life with 16 points in the third quarter to give the Wizards an 81-80 lead entering the fourth quarter.

The Celtics jumped back ahead early in the fourth quarter, but Beal created his own shot several times down the stretch to keep Washington within striking range. Then, with just five seconds remaining and the Wizards down 106-103, Markieff Morris inbounded the ball to a cutting Otto Porter who found Jodie Meeks in the corner for three to tie the game at 106 at the end of regulation.

The Wizards had a chance to ice the game in overtime with a two-point lead, possession of the ball, and just eight seconds to play – but Markieff Morris struggled to get the ball in which led to a turnover. Then, Jayson Tatum made a layup through contact on the ensuing possession to tie the game at 115. Tatum then returned the favor and let the Wizards off the hook, missing a go-ahead free throw with three seconds left which gave Washington a second chance in double overtime.

With the Wizards up 122-119 in the second overtime period, Bradley Beal drove baseline only to get double-teamed in no man’s land. Somehow, he found Tomas Satoransky who kicked it to Markieff Morris for a wide open three to put the Wizards up by six.

The Celtics were able to claw back within one, 125-124 and had an opportunity to take the lead on the final possession, but Tatum’s shot clanked off the back rim as Washington escaped with a much-needed win on the road.

Takeaways

Washington comes through in the clutch

There’s been plenty of chatter lately about Washington’s woes in the clutch, especially on the offensive end late in games. Were the Wizards perfect down the stretch? No. However, they looked a lot more composed and executed as well as you could have asked for in such a tight game.

Let’s break it down by period, shall we?

Fourth Quarter – After Marcus Morris knocked down a corner three-pointer which looked to bury the Wizards, Bradley Beal, the main guy who’s received this criticism remained calm and took Aron Baynes off the dribble for an easy layup to cut the lead to two. The next time down, again, he did his dance and took his man off the dribble for another layup close in to trim the lead to one.

With just five seconds remaining, Scott Brooks drew up an outstanding play in which both Beal and Porter curled off screens hoping to get either of them open for a three-pointer. Porter was not open for three but continued his cut through the lane to find Jodie Meeks in the corner for a wide-open three and he buried it.

Overtime – In the first overtime period, the ball continued to swing as Sato found Porter in the corner for three to open up the overtime period. Satoransky, who was a bit passive with his shot at times in the game, ran a perfectly executed pick-and-roll with Morris only to get fouled and knock down both free throws.

Double Overtime – Beal, who was so tired he could hardly cross half court, stayed in attack mode as he was able to draw a foul and get to the line to start the second overtime. Midway through the period, he took Baynes off the dribble yet again to finish with this nifty reverse layup and the foul to stretch Washington’s lead out to six, 125-119.

Game Notes

  • Ian Mahinmi, who’s played very well since receiving a DNP against Miami the other night had a terrific game with 14 points, 11 rebounds (6 offensive) on 6-of-9 shooting
  • Bad habits are turning into problems for the Wizards. Washington committed 20 turnovers resulting in 25 Boston points. But on the bright side, they only allowed 56 points in the paint!

Next up: The Wizards are off until Saturday when they host the Pacers at 7 p.m. ET.

Wizards vs. Heat final score: Washington escapes with 117-113 win over Miami

Bradley Beal scored 30 points on 12-of-16 shooting and Tomas Satoransky had a bounce-back game with 19 points and seven assists as the Wizards escaped with a 117-113 overtime victory against the Heat on Tuesday night.

Washington raced out to a 27-9 lead and looked like they might bury a tired Miami team playing on the second half of a back-to-back, but it wouldn’t be as simple for the rest of the game. The Heat’s bench, led by Dwayne Wade, tied the game back up at 39-39 early in the second quarter and it was a tight affair the rest of the way.

Bradley Beal, who’s shouldered the load since Wall has been out, scored the Wizards’ last seven points in regulation, but also had two costly turnovers in the final four minutes and missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have won the game.

Washington took a four-point lead with 22 seconds left in overtime, but nearly gave it away with some sloppy execution on both ends. First, Kelly Oubre fouled Dwyane Wade on a 3-point attempt which allowed the Heat to cut it to a one-point game. Then, after the refs missed a five-second call on the Wizards’ inbound pass, Satoransky split a pair of free throws to put the Wizards up 2 with 10 seconds left. Dwayne Wade posted on up Satoransky and got a clean look in the paint, but was unable to bury the floater in the lane to tie the game.

It wasn’t pretty, but Washington snuck out with just their second overtime win of the season and snapped their three-game losing streak.

Takeaways

Late game execution (on both ends) remains a huge problem

Washington was inept on both ends of the floor down the stretch in both the fourth quarter and overtime periods.

Markieff Morris and Tomas Satoransky both missed free throws in the final minute of play in regulation which kept Miami’s hopes alive. Then, with the game tied at 105 and just seconds to play, Bradley Beal pounded the ball into the floor and settled for a step-back jumper at the buzzer that fell way short.

Washington also made some defensive blunders that complicated things late in regulation. With under a 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Markieff Morris tried to close hard on Dwyane Wade at the 3-point line, which let Wade build up a full head of steam and power through Beal to get the and-one opportunity at the rim that tied the game.

Washington’s execution on both ends of the floor down the stretch in the fourth quarter and overtime periods was substandard and they’re lucky to sneak away with the victory.

The Minute(s) Man with another All-Star performance

It was looking like Bradley Beal might get an easy night, but Washington’s late struggles led to Beal playing over 40 minutes for the second game in a row.

He was outstanding in this game, scoring a game-high 30 points on 12-of-16 shooting to go along with seven assists. He was on fire from everywhere, especially from three-point range where he connected on his first five attempts from deep and ended the night 6-of-7 from distance.

Markieff Morris keeps humming along

Morris, the unsung hero of the Wizards’ success during this stretch without John Wall had another nice game tonight with 16 points (10 in the first half) and 13 rebounds.

But more importantly, Keef was very active this evening on the defensive glass as he was grabbing all loose balls in sight and jumping to tip balls away from Miami players when he wasn’t in position to grab the rebound.

He was also outstanding when moving without the basketball tonight. On a run near the end of the second quarter where the Wizards were looking to build out their lead again, Morris found Beal who gave the ball right back to Morris on a picture-perfect give-and-go for an easy dunk.

Morris’ midrange jumper was falling tonight as well and he was getting wide-open looks making it that much easier for him to connect. Whether it’s Morris and Sato, Morris and Beal, or really, any of the Washington guards; Morris’ bread and butter over the past few weeks has been slipping the screen for a jumper or rolling hard to the baseline on a pick-and-roll resulting in wide open jumpers in the midrange.

No shot was bigger tonight than when Beal found Morris in the corner for three with just 1:06 to play and he buried it to put the Wizards up by four.

Game Notes

  • Ramon Sessions got some run tonight in his second go-round with the Wizards and made the most of it with six points including going 4-4 from the charity stripe. At the same time, he was a -17 in under 13 minutes against Miami’s deep bench.
  • Otto Porter (12 points) left the game midway through the fourth quarter after colliding with Dwayne Wade for a loose ball, bruising his hip. He’s listed as day-to-day.

Next up: The Wizards hit the road to face Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans at 8 p.m. on Friday.

Pacers at Wizards Recap: Wizards can’t overcome 17 point deficit, fall to Indiana 98-95

Bradley Beal had a chance to tie the game with just seconds remaining. After catching the inbounds pass, Beal sidestepped Myles Turner for a wide-open three-pointer but it fell short as the Wizards fall to the Pacers, 98-95.

Victor Oladipo, the former DeMatha product scored a game-high 33 points for the Indiana Pacers who jump into the 4-seed with the win this evening.

Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 22 points (8-27 shooting) and Otto Porter added 17 (6-12 shooting) but it wouldn’t be enough, as the Wizards can’t complete the comeback to overcome a 17-point deficit.

Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers

Washington’s bad habit of turning the ball over continued tonight as the Wizards coughed the ball up 14 times with 10 of those coming before halftime. Late in the fourth quarter with a chance to tie the game, Bradley Beal threw the ball out of bounds trying to get it to Mahinmi down low. Next time down the court, Beal had another careless pass as he tried to find Meeks but Oladipo intercepted it for an easy dunk on the other end.

Like we’ve seen over the past few games, the Pacers made the Wizards pay for their turnovers. 14 Washington turnovers led to 20 Indiana points including two easy layups late in the game as the Wizards were mounting their comeback.

No love for Otto Porter down the stretch

Otto Porter started the game just 1-7 from the field. But since the slow start, he kicked things into high gear connecting on his next five field goal attempts. But that’s where the buck stopped as Otto only had one field goal attempt (made it) in the fourth quarter this evening.

Down the stretch, Beal was the primary ball handler and he and Mahinmi would run the pick-and-roll to trigger the offensive sets. But, Beal was also forced to play 43 minutes tonight and was gassed down the stretch. As a result, his shots were coming up short and two of his five turnovers came off of lackadaisical passes.

Porter, on the other hand, had no plays run for him down the stretch and is actually in the midst of a hot shooting streak. It’s really hard to win basketball games when the ball stops moving and the second best player on your team only gets one shot in the fourth quarter.

About those rotations

Scott Brooks was already short-handed tonight with Kelly Oubre out but his rotations in the fourth quarter made no sense. Brooks went with the no point guard lineup starting at the 9-minute mark of the fourth quarter and never put Satoransky back in.

Bradley Beal was the primary ball handler but look gassed for much of the fourth quarter as he was forced to play 43 minutes tonight.

Not only did Beal not get a break, but Tomas Satoransky, Markieff Morris, and Marcin Gortat never came entered the game in the fourth quarter as Brooks opted to go with Meeks, Mike Scott, and Ian Mahinmi down the stretch.

Tip Ins

  • Bradley Beal had the first double-double of his career (of this assist variety) as he dished out 11 assists to go along with 22 points

  • Ian Mahinmi continues to play well as he scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds against his former team

Next up: Miami comes to town Tuesday night for the third matchup against their divisional foe.