Wizards get blown out in Philly again, fall to Sixers 132-115

Last time the Wizards played in Philadelphia, they got blown out by 25 points. It was deja vu all over again as the Wizards were run off the court again, this time by 17 points in a 132-115 loss on Tuesday evening.

Jimmy Butler and Joel Embiid scored 20 points each, with most of their damage coming in the first half but it was rookie Landry Shamet who stole the show with a game-high 29 points and knocked down 8 of his 14 three-point attempts. Bradley Beal continued his hot shooting as he led Washington with 28 points but didn’t get much help from his teammates as no one else cracked double figures until well into garbage time.

Funny enough, the Wizards were letting it fly from three-point range and were connecting on their shots starting 7-of-11 from the field to start this one for an early 20-12 lead. But at the 5:51 mark of the first quarter, Tomas Satoransky would pick up his second foul and things took a turn for the worse.

Philadelphia found it’s footing behind some hot shooting from Jimmy Butler and easy transition baskets from Ben Simmons for a 32-29 lead after the first quarter. Washington then shot a putrid 1-of-8 from the field to start the second quarter and the Sixers took full advantage with a 16-0 run later in the quarter to open an insurmountable lead.

The Wizards were outscored 36-16 in the second period and found themselves in a 68-45 hole as this one was over by halftime.

Yes, the two teams play again on Wednesday night, but to get a feeling for how bad this one was, both teams began emptying their benches before the end of the third period.


Everything fell apart in the second quarter

Even though the Wizards trailed after one quarter, there was still reason for optimism. The team was connecting on their three-point attempts and if they just could have knocked down a few more open looks, they would have had the lead.

A second-quarter onslaught from the 76ers put any optimism to bed. Philly’s bench caught fire and specifically, Landry Shamet who scored 12 points in the period on 4-of-7 shooting from three-point range.

To make matters worse, the Sixers went on another extended 16-0 run later in the quarter to take a commanding 64-38 lead.

Bradley Beal gets no scoring help

Tonight was a prime example of Beal’s under-appreciated season. Beal single-handily kept the Wizards afloat in the first quarter. He was slicing through the lane for easy layups, got his man on skates to shake free for a few mid-range jumpers, and connected on a three-pointer for 11 first quarter points.

The rest of the guys sure didn’t help in the second quarter either as Beal scored seven in the period but the rest of the Wizards roster mustered up just nine points. Come halftime, Beal was the only Washington player in double figures with 18 points and the next highest scorers were Thomas Bryant, Tomas Satoransky, and Jeff Green who each scored just five.

Beal would shoot 61 percent from the field and knocked down four three-pointers for a team-high 28 points in 31 minutes of action tonight.

No time to fret for Washington

The Wizards must forget about this game and do so quickly as they’ll play this same Philadelphia squad in D.C. in less than 24 hours.


Wizards vs. 76ers final score: Philadelphia blows out shorthanded Washington squad 123-98

Eight players scored in double figures on Friday evening as the Philadelphia 76ers rolled through the Wizards 123-98 for their fifth loss of over 20 points this season. Joel Embiid led the Sixers with 16 points and 15 rebounds and Ben Simmons had a near triple-double with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists as this game was decided by halftime with Philly barely needing to break a sweat against a Wizards squad missing Dwight Howard and Otto Porter.

We’ve all seen this movie before. Washington didn’t bring any effort on the defensive end nor the defensive glass and before you knew it, the Wizards found themselves in a 25-14 hole. Philly didn’t shoot particularly well as they were just 11-of-29 from the field in the first quarter, but Washington gave them plenty of second-chance opportunities. The 76ers corralled nine offensive rebounds off of their 18 misses — a 50 percent offensive rebounding rate — leading to easy putbacks from close in.

And for the umpteenth time in this season, the Wizards found themselves in a double-digit hole at the end of one quarter as they trailed 31-19.

After a Jimmy Butler steal and a dunk 90 seconds into the second quarter, the Wizards found themselves in an even deeper 18-point deficit, 37-19. But you know the drill now. Washington locked in defensively for a couple of minutes and was able to trim the deficit to nine, but Philly countered with 20-7 run to close the half as the rout was on 68-46 at halftime.

Scott Brooks yanked the starters with three minutes remaining in the third quarter as the lead ballooned to 31 and it became clear it was time to shift focus to Saturday’s game against the Nets.


All of the Wizards poor habits were on full display tonight.

Terrible defense, poor shot selection, no effort on the glass –- the list goes on and on. I think we’re all getting serious #contentfatigue talking about this team’s flaws over and over again so let’s check in on the young guys why don’t we?

Thomas Bryant turns in another solid performance

Thomas Bryant got his sixth start of the season and after he was tasked with checking Anthony Davis on Wednesday, he had to try to lock down Joel Embiid tonight.

Like we’ve seen with Bryant over this stretch, his skill-set won’t wow you but it’s the intangibles that catch your eye. Early on after a nice defensive possession, Bryant sprinted the floor beating Embiid down court and John Wall rewarded him hitting the big man with a nice pass for an easy dunk.

In the second half, there was a defensive sequence where Embiid caught the ball on the low post and started backing down on Bryant. Bryant was able to stand his ground and challenged Embiid, swatting his shot away. Yes, it was just one play and Embiid clearly won the head-to-head battle; however, it was a pleasant sight seeing the second-year player attempt to challenge Embiid.

Troy Brown Jr. gets real NBA minutes

Up until tonight, Troy Brown Jr. had only seen the floor in garbage time of blowout games. But due to the Wizards being shorthanded with Porter out, combined with some early foul trouble, Brown ended up getting 4-plus minutes of meaningful playing time late in the first quarter and early into the second.

In his ‘welcome to the league, rookie’ moment, Brown was tasked with guarding Jimmy Butler. All things considered Brown did about as good of a job as you could have expected. He was sound defensively, played under control, and aside from one turnover in semi-transition, played fine during that 4:18 stretch.

Brown’s individual highlight in non-garbage time came on a backdoor pass to a cutting Tomas Satoransky for a reverse layup.

Brown re-entered the contest when this game reached garbage time late in the third quarter. He ended the night with 6 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. If there are any positives to take away from tonight, it’s that Brown was able to get more experience and a few real NBA minutes.

Wizards vs. 76ers final score: Strong performances from Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, and Kelly Oubre lift Wizards to 109-94 win

Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 24 points while Otto Porter chipped in with 23 and Kelly Oubre added 19 as the Wizards knocked off the Philadelphia 76ers 109-94 on Sunday night.

Tomas Satoransky ended the evening with 10 assists while Marcin Gortat added a double-double as the Wizards snapped the 76ers seven-game winning streak.

After a sloppy first quarter, the Wizards put the clamps on the 76ers in the second quarter holding them to just 20 points as they took a 67-48 lead at the half.

After stretching the lead to 23 at one point in the third quarter, the 76ers counterpunched and were able to trim the lead to eight in the fourth period on a Dario Saric three-pointer. But Bradley Beal answered with a three-pointer of his own as Washington was able to regain a double-digit lead and hang on for victory


Second quarter propels Washington to victory

After a back and forth first quarter, Washington started the second quarter on a 10-0 run as the Wizards pushed the lead out to double figures. It was the bench, led by Kelly Oubre who jumpstarted the run. He hit a 3-pointer to get things going, then Mike Scott hit a pair of circus shots to get Washington on a roll.

Otto Porter, who was just 1-3 from the field in the first quarter, scored 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting as Washington took a stranglehold on this game. Porter made some very timely cuts through the paint and hit some timely 3-pointers, including one to end the half.

The Porter-Oubre duo was a problem for Philly tonight

Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre were a problem for the 76ers this evening. Oubre, who’s seemed to wake up from his slump prior to the All-Star Break knocked down his first four field goal attempts as well as three of his first four attempts from downtown.

As mentioned, after a slow start, Porter connected on 6-7 shots for 14 second-quarter points as both guys had 16 at the break. Otto Porter stayed aggressive in the second half as well and continued to stay hot from three-point range in addition to attacking the hole.

When one of these guys plays well for the Wizards, it often ends up in a victory. When both of these guys turn in remarkable games, it’s a major issue for the opposition.

Everyone Eats

Washington came into the game averaging 24 assists per contest. They notched their 24th assist of the contest at the eight-minute mark of the third quarter en route to 35 dimes for the night. To no one’s surprise, Tomas Satoransky led the team with 10 assists, just one short of his career-high and Bradley Beal, who’s become much more of a facilitator since Wall has been out dished out eight dimes of his own.

In the first half, the ball never got stuck and was swinging from side to side resulting in some wide-open three-point attempts. The pick-and-roll with Beal at the helm was working as well as the Wizards catching Philadelphia sleeping and getting some easy baskets on some nice backdoor cuts.

Four other Wizards players had at least three assists tonight as the Wizards have notched 25+ assists in 12 of their last 13 games.

Game Notes

  • The Wizards continue to shoot well from the free-throw line. Tonight, they knocked down 11 of their 12 attempts
  • The Wizards have won eight straight at home against the 76ers
  • Washington is now 13-8 without John Wall this season
  • The Wizards had no answer for Joel Embiid who scored 25 points to go along with 10 rebounds as the mountain of a man could not be stopped in the painted area. Thankfully the Wizards were able to push him out to the perimeter more than he would have liked which kept his efficiency down enough to keep him from making this one close.

Next up: The Wizards hits the road to take on the Bucks on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET.

Wizards at 76ers Final Score: Washington can’t overcome a 17-point first quarter deficit, fall to Philadelphia 115-102

Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 30 points against the Philadelphia 76ers but it was too little too late as Washington falls, 115-102. Otto Porter scored 17 points and Ian Mahinmi added 13 points off the bench but the Wizards win streak is snapped at five, as they can’t overcome a 17-point first quarter deficit.

With all of the drama surrounding the team just hours before the game, it looked like this one might get ugly, and fast. The Wizards were down 20 in the blink of an eye and trailed the 76ers 37-20 after one quarter.

Even though their shots weren’t falling, Washington would claw their way back in this one on multiple occasions to make you think they had a punchers chance of completing the comeback. Unfortunately, for the Wizards, those runs were quickly countered by a Philly run as the closest Washington cut the deficit to was seven.

Washington can’t overcome a scorching hot first quarter from Philly

There was a buzz in the arena to start this one. Philly fans, which don’t need an excuse to be loud were deafening at the beginning of this game and the 76ers fed off the energy.

Everything Philly was throwing up they were knocking down evidenced as they shot 70% (16-23) in the first quarter and connected on 5-6 three-point attempts. On the other hand, the Wizards couldn’t buy a bucket. Washington shot just 33 percent in the opening period and if it weren’t for Otto Porter who had nine first quarter points, this one could have gotten super ugly.

Bradley Beal was held scoreless on 0-4 shooting and at the end of the night; the 17-point deficit that the Wizards dug themselves (37-20) was just too much to overcome.

Washington had plenty of opportunities tonight, they just couldn’t capitalize

Even with the early 17-point deficit, Washington still had a punchers chance late. Washington was able to cut the lead to 10 entering the fourth quarter and even cut the deficit to seven in the fourth quarter.

But whenever the Wizards took their best shot at Philly, the Sixers had an answer. On numerous occasions, the Wizards were able to cut the Sixers lead down to make the game feel within reach but Philly would counter with quick runs to negate all that. Philly made Washington pay for their mistakes, often coming in the midst of those runs to build the lead back up to double-figures.

Although it’s cliché, it’s a make or miss league and the Wizards were off early and it was too much of a deficit to overcome. The energy and effort were there, they just dug themselves too big of a hole early on.

Tip Ins:

  • Bradley Beal started the game 0-5 from the field but when 12-17 the rest of the way.
  • The Wizards streak of games with 25+ assists ends at five as they just had 23 assists tonight.
  • Ian Mahinmi went a perfect 5-5 from the free-throw line tonight (yes, you read that correctly).

Up Next: Washington’s hell week continues as the Celtics come to town on Thursday evening.

Wizards at Sixers Final: Wizards’ Hack-A-Simmons strategy erases deficit, but Wiz fall to Sixers, 118-113.

The Wizards were this close to completing one of the most bizarre comebacks.

With over five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Wizards went to the hack-a-Simmons strategy on 12 straight possessions. Washington, once down 24 was able to the trim the lead to three, 100-97 as Simmons missed many of those free throws. And every time it looked like the Sixers had a comfortable lead, the Wizards managed to stay within striking distance.

The strategy worked as it gave Washington a fighting chance, but the comeback would fall short as they’d lose, 118-113.


No Wall, no Beal, no chance.

Midway through the first quarter, Jerryd Bayless went up for a layup swinging his off arm, knocking Bradley Beal in the face. Beal exited the game and was out for the rest of the first half (he did return in the second half) but that killed any chance the Wizards had of winning this game.

Washington, who only mustered up 91 points just one night prior had tons of issues scoring once Beal went down. Chalk it up to tired legs and the rest of the starters having another off night, the Wizards officially had no offense with their best scorer down.

The Wizards looked to push the pace and tried to get some easy baskets in transition but that didn’t do the trick. The lid was on the cup early in this game as once again, the team started 4-16 from the field.

Beal came back to play in the second half and ended the night with 21 points, but it was too little too late.

Wizards get crushed on the glass

Yes, Philadelphia is the best rebounding team in the NBA, however, the Wizards showed no life on the glass this evening. Washington was crushed on both ends as they were outrebounded 35-14 in the first half and 64-35 for the game. No starter grabbed more than four rebounds tonight and it was Tomas Satoransky who led the team with eight boards.

Philly crashed the glass, to the tune of 21 offensive rebounds that often ended up in easy put backs right at the rim.

It’s already tough to keep Philly of the glass, and the Wizards did themselves no favors tonight.

Washington can’t keep Philly out of the paint

This and rebounding often go hand in hand. When you give up 16 offensive rebounds, you often tend to give up many easy baskets in the lane. Joel Embiid and Dario Saric did most of their damage in the midrange but it was Ben Simmons who had no problems getting to the rim tonight.

Morris started off the game guarding Simmons and was no match for the rookie. Morris often went under screens in hopes of forcing Simmons to shoot but Simmons was still able to navigate his way to the hole.

After a nice game from Ian Mahinmi last night, he wasn’t able to provide any rim protection either. The Sixers scored 54 points in the paint tonight and already notched 32 by halftime. You’re not going to win many games when your opponent puts up that kind of numbers.


  • For the second straight night, Tomas Satoransky outplayed Tim Frazier. It’ll be interesting to see if Satoransky gets more and more of Frazier’s minutes as the season rolls along.
  • Jodie Meeks scored a season-high 21 points but it was too little too late as most of those came with the game already out of hand.

76ers at Wizards Final: Washington hangs on to beat ‘The Process’ in the opener, 120-115.

This one didn’t feel like the season opener. Nope, this one had the feeling of a first-round playoff matchup.

John Wall led the Wizards with 28 points and Bradley Beal scored 25 as the Wizards hang on to beat the 76ers, 120-115. Marcin Gortat played one of his best games in years with 16 points and 17 rebounds while the reserves combined for 41 points led by Kelly Oubre and Jodie Meeks with 14 a piece.

I thought the young 76ers might come out and cough the ball up until the early game jitters wore off but that wasn’t the case. Ben Simmons, who looked like he might be rookie of the year and Joel Embiid took it right to Washington early. But John Wall and co. weren’t having it. Although his shot wasn’t falling, Wall got his teammates involved as he had four assists in the opening quarter and imposed his will to score evidenced with this backdown dunk.

Washington led 32-23 after one.

The reserves, a huge question mark coming into this season showed signs of improvement. They did not play well in the early moments of the second quarter on defense but held their own on the offensive end. Kelly Oubre knocked down three of his first four three-pointers while Jodie Meeks also provided a scoring punch but it was the 76ers that led, 59-56 at halftime.

Bradley Beal, who had a cold first half, came out guns blazing to start the third quarter. Beal scored nine points in the first five minutes of the half for the Wizards. After few transition opportunities in the first half, Wall was able to get out for some nifty fastbreak layups to stretch the Wizards lead to eight, 82-74.

Wall and Beal would combine for 25 points in the period as the Wizards led, 90-82 entering the fourth quarter.

Philly was on fire to start the fourth quarter. The 76ers hit their first four three-pointers of the period to shrink the Wizards lead to two, 102-100 in an instant. And that’s when the Wizards turned this one around. Careless passes from the young 76ers led to highlight reel plays on the other end for Washington. It looked like the Wizards had this one in the bag as they led 115-108 with just over a minute to play. But again, Washington would have to survive one more barrage of three-pointers.

With the Wizards up two and Philadelphia looking to score in transition, Beal poked the ball free and Otto Porter was there to save it from going out of bounds. Philly sent the Wizards to the free throw line and that would be it as Washington would close this one out.

Wizards win the opener, 120-115.

The bench looks much improved

The reserves combined for 41 points tonight led by Oubre and Meeks with 14 a piece. Oubre was hot from three-point range connecting on three of his first four attempts. He then spent the second half attacking the rim and crashing the glass including this putback dunk:

Mike Scott played well knocking down a three-pointer off the bench as well as a few floaters in the lane. Ian Mahinmi played solid defense while Tim Frazier added five assists. This was easily one of the best performances from the reserve unit as a whole in recent memory.

The Power Forward position could be a rotating door until Markieff Morris returns

Jason Smith started the game but got injured early on. Regardless, he was pretty ineffective. After the Smith injury, Oubre and Scott spent the remainder of the game in the power forward position.

Oubre took advantage of the increased playing time with 14 points and eight rebounds in 32 minutes of play. It’ll be interesting to see if Scott Brooks opts to start Oubre or continue bringing him off the bench.

Wizards comeback falls short, lose to 76ers 120-112.

The Wizards make a furious 4th quarter comeback but ultimately, fall short to the 76ers, 120-112. John Wall (29) and Bradley Beal (40) combined for 69 points as the Wizards found themselves down by 22 and it would be too much to overcome. This one stings as Joel Embiid did not play for the 76ers tonight.

This game started off the way you’d think a game against two teams who hadn’t played in eight games would start off. A lot of missed shots, silly turnovers, and poor defense all around. The Wizards finally got their legs underneath them behind a combined 18 points from Wall and Beal as they led 28-26 after one.

The 76ers had things going as they opened the second quarter up on a 10-2 run. The Washington bench was awful tonight combining for just 11 points for the game and allowed Philly to build on their lead. The Sixers outscored the Wizards 35-21 in the period to take a 61-49 lead into halftime.

Washington was able to get their scoring going in the third quarter but the issue was, they couldn’t stop the Sixers. The Wizards were able to cut the lead down to 12 on several occasions but Philadelphia would go on a run to stretch it back out to 17. The Sixers led 95-81 after three as this one looked all but over.

The Wizards would not go away though. A furious fourth quarter rally behind big buckets from Wall and Beal kept the Wizards in the game. Washington got the game to as close as four points, 116-112 with 22 seconds to play but couldn’t cut into the lead anymore. Philly wins 120-112.

This was not the way the Wizards wanted to start the post All-Star game stretch.

Wall and Beal get no help

Outside of Wall and Beal, no Wizards’ player hit double figures in scoring until the fourth quarter. Morris and Gortat ended the night with 14 and 11 points respectively but it was Wall and Beal who stole the show with a combined 69 points. Porter, who’s usually automatic from three-point range, was just 1-5 from distance and could never really get going.

The bench disappoints again

The Washington bench combined for just 11 points and nine rebounds tonight. In a nutshell, they were awful. They didn’t stretch the lead when the starters were out forcing Scott Brooks to play starters extended minutes alongside the reserves. Newly acquired Bojan Bogdanovic couldn’t get going tonight as he was just 1-5 from the field.