Wizards vs. Blazers Final Score: Beal explodes for 51 as the Wizards win, 106-92

*Photo by Sean Meagher | The Oregonian/OregonLive

How’s that for bouncing back after a 46-point loss just 24 hours ago?

Bradley Beal explodes for a career-high 51 points as the Wizards avenge their loss to the Blazers, 106-92. All 51 of those points were needed as only two other Wizards players, Kelly Oubre (14), and Mike Scott (10) cracked double figures in scoring.

The Wizards used an overpowering second quarter where they outscored the Blazers, 27-15 to take control of this game and never surrendered the lead thereafter.

Takeaways

Tonight belonged to Bradley Beal

As mentioned, Bradley Beal scored a career-high 51 points on 21-37 shooting while knocking down five three-pointers. Beal, who opted not to wear his protective goggles tonight, was much more aggressive early on as most of his shots in the first quarter were on drives to the cup or in the painted area.

The sixth-year player scored 12 points in the first quarter on 5-6 shooting inside of the arc (missed two three-pointers).

As the night went on Beal, reverted back to taking outside jumpers and three-pointers. He finished the first half with 19 points and you had a hunch that at least 40 was in play.

The third quarter is where everything started falling for Brad. Drives to the hole? Yup. Three-pointers? Yup. Step-backs over mismatched defenders? You bet. Beal erupted for 19 points in the third quarter including sparking a 9-0 run late in the period where Washington took control, 72-53.

At a time where the Wizards’ lead shrunk to 79-70 early in the fourth quarter and you could sense a #SoWizards finish, a missed shot found it’s way to Mike Scott who kicked it to Beal for three for then, a new career-high 43 points.

After Washington used a 18-6 run late to ice the game, Beal started firing away to get to that elusive 50-point mark. A corner three got him to 49 points then he cherry-picked while the team was on defense, resulting in an easy dunk for his 51st point of the night.

Take a bow, Brad.

Defense sets the tone

Washington was much more active on the defensive end tonight and that set the tone early on. The Wizards turned the Blazers over 13 times in the first half and ended the evening with a season-high 16 steals. The Wiz were very opportunistic as they turned Portland’s 19 turnovers into 25 points.

Kelly Oubre had five steals tonight, a couple of the turnovers leading to touchdowns variety evidenced as the Wizards mustered up 16 fast-break points tonight; something they’ve struggled to achieve with John Wall out,

Yes a 51-point explosion helps, but don’t overlook the Wizards outstanding defensive effort tonight either.

Game Notes

  • Aside from Beal, the rest of Washington’s starters combined for 21 points on 7-30 shooting.
  • Mike Scott went a perfect 5-5 from the field and added seven rebounds.
  • The Wizards took care of the basketball, only committing 10 turnovers tonight.

Up Next

Washington heads to Phoenix on Thursday night to try and avenge another early season loss.

Advertisements

Wizards at Blazers final score: Morris hits game-winner as Wizards win, 125-124.

All five starters score in double-figures as the Wizards complete the 21-point comeback and beat the Blazers, 125-124 in overtime. John Wall led the way for Washington with 39 points and nine assists followed by Bradley Beal with 26 but it was Markieff Morris who stole the show with the go-ahead basket in overtime with .4 seconds remaining. Washington has a chance to go for the west coast road trip sweep on Monday with a game in Minnesota.

Washington started this one hot connecting on their first five field goals. But the Blazers were just as hot at both teams shot over 60 percent in and up and down quarter as Portland led, 36-30 after one.

CJ McCollum caught fire for the Blazers in the second quarter as he scored the first 12 points of the period for Portland to stretch their lead to 17, 50-33, midway through the quarter. Next up, it was Wall’s turn to go on a personal run to get the Wizards back in this one. Wall got in full on attack mode resulting in layups and trips to the free-throw line for his 7-0 run to get the Wizards back within striking distance.

Unfortunately for the Wizards, the Blazers got hot from three-point range and utilized a 9-0 run as they led by 21, 70-49 at halftime.

On the second half of a back-to-back after an overtime game the night before, it would have been easy for the Wizards to pack this one in down 21. But instead, they continued to fight back. Five quick points from Bradley Beal forced the Blazers to call an early timeout. Beal continued his hot scoring dropping 13 points in the first 3:25 of the third quarter as the Wizards were able to get within striking distance.

Bradley Beal scored 17 points in the period as the Wizards trailed by nine, 91-82 entering the fourth quarter.

Bojan Bogdanovic provided a spark for the Wizards with some close in shots and Morris was able to cut the lead to one as he drove, got fouled by Nurkic for the and-1. But once again the Blazers had an answer with a 7-0 with what looked like a tired Wizards squad. Again, the Wizards kept fighting with a 15-0 run highlighted by two Bradley Beal three-pointers as the Wizards took an 112-106 lead and looked like they’d close this one out. But Lillard came alive with some tough shots down the stretch and again, we’d be heading to overtime for the second straight night.

Lillard continued his hot scoring as he notched nine points in the overtime period. But the Wizards continued to answer. After Bradley Beal got fouled on a three-pointer, he’d sink two of them to bring the Wizards to within one with just under a minute to play. John Wall came up with a block on the other end and the Wizards would have one more chance to win this game.

After the timeout, Brooks called a play to get Beal streaking to the hole. The defense collapsed on Beal and he kicked it to Markieff Morris for a baseline jumper to take the lead 125-124, with .4 seconds remaining.

The Wizards pull off another improbable comeback, win 125-124.

The starters look like themselves again

Since the games again Golden State and at Toronto, the Wizards haven’t had a great game from all five starters until tonight. As mentioned, all five starters scored in double-figures while Morris, Porter, and Gortat all had double-doubles with 11, 10, and 15 rebounds respectively. Most impressively, all five Wizards starters shot at least 50 percent from the field and were 50 percent from three-point range (10-20).

The Wizards don’t get a whole lot from the bench

It looked like the bench was turning the corner but tonight was a sobering reality that we may have to pump the breaks. The bench combined for 14 points with Bogdanovic scoring 11 of them. Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith played OK in their limited time while Kelly Oubre continues to struggle as the second-year player failed to score tonight.

Wizards blow the Blazers out on MLK Day, win 120-101.

Six Wizards players score in double-figures as the Washington blows the Portland Trailblazers out on Martin Luther King day, 120-101. The house of guards combined for 49 points (Beal-25, Wall-24) while Kelly Oubre Jr. had one of his best games in a while with 18 points (10 in the first quarter). Meanwhile, Tomas Satoransky, who’s suddenly found himself back in the rotation, chipped in with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The win is the Wizards’ 12 straight at Verizon Center.

This one got out of hand early. Washington hit six of seven three-point attempts led by Beal who had three of them in the first quarter. Kelly Oubre stepped in and provided instant offense off the bench with 10 first quarter points as the Wizards found themselves up 37-21.

The Wizards tightened up on the defensive end which resulted in an extended 17-0 run that started late in the first quarter and carried its way over to the second quarter.

Wall would poke the ball away on his patented wrap around steal as Beal would throw him a touchdown pass for an easy dunk.

Wall found Otto Porter in the corner for three to end the half as they led, 75-50.

The Wizards were able to stretch the lead out to as big as 30, 95-65 late in the third quarter so Scott Brooks yanked his starters. The Blazers were able to cut the lead to 17 in the fourth quarter that forced Brooks to reluctantly, reinsert his starters.

A corner three-pointer from Wall would stretch the lead to 20 as the starters were then able to sit for the rest of the game. Wizards win back-to-back blowout games, 120-101.

Wizards on fire from three

The Wizards shot 57 percent (13-23) from three-point range including 6-7 in the first quarter. Beal was hot to start as he hit his first three attempts of the game. Oubre was a huge spark off the bench today knocking down three of his four attempts from range. Hell, even Satoransky knocked one down.

Tomas Satoransky reemerges

After being buried on Brooks’ bench, Satoransky has appeared in back-to-back games and played very well. Today, he had 10 points and 10 rebounds in 19:25 minutes of play. This is what the Wizards thought they would be getting when they brought Satoransky over from Europe. He looks to have regained his confidence as he’s now attacking the basket and is no longer hesitating to shoot. If Satoransky can be another scoring threat off the bench, that will pay dividends down the road.

Another all-around, great team victory

Morris notched another double-double with 26 points and 13 rebounds, the bench combined for 36 points, and the House of Guards controlled the game from the start. Not a whole lot more has to be said.

Weekly Wizards Wrap Up – 3/13

Trending Down: The entire team.

The Wizards wen’t 0-3 this week losing to the Blazers, Jazz, and Nuggets. The Blazers loss was sort of expected but the games against the Jazz and Nuggets were a complete embarrassment.

In both the games against the Blazers and the Nuggets, the Wizards took leads well into the third quarter only to blow them in the fourth quarter. The Wizards blew the game against the Blazers due to poor free throw shooting (11-23). The Wizards lost that game by just seven points so if that number is around 15 or 16, maybe this team snaps out of mini-skid to turn things around.

Prior to the game against the Jazz, John Wall called it the most important game of the season. The Wizards didn’t play like it as they got smoked 114-93. Wall played well scoring 24 points to along with 9 assists but that was pretty much it. The Wizards reverted back to their old ways and stopped playing defense and when you do that; you’re not going to beat a bunch of teams.

The Wizards signed Marcus Thornton off of Waivers and he made his Wizards debut going 1-9 from the field against the Jazz.

Then there was the Denver debacle. The Nuggets are clearly out of the playoff picture out west yet used their second unit to come back and blow out the Wizards. The Wizards led 83-75 after three quarters but got blown out 41-17 in the fourth quarter to lose 116-100. The Nuggets tried to give this game to the Wizards too. The Nuggets committed 22 turnovers resulting in 32 Wizards points but that didn’t matter as the Wizards committed nine turnovers of their own in the fourth quarter to hand this game over to the Nuggets.

The Wizards are in the midst of a five game losing streak and the playoffs seem like a distant memory at this point.

Wizards a no-show on MLK Day, lose 108-98.

 

The Wizards shoot 43 percent from three-point range and 48 percent overall but still get blown out 108-98 by the Blazers. Don’t let the final score fool you; this was not a 10-point game.

Marcin Gortat notched another double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds to go along with 18 points from the Wizards’ high scorer, Garrett Temple. For the first time in a while, John Wall did not have a good game as he scored just nine points on 4-17 shooting.

The extremely underrated backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum combined for 41 points including a game high 25 from McCollum. The Wizards’ porous three-point defense reared it’s ugly head again as the Blazers shot 17-31 (55 percent) from three-point range.

The Wizards must have thought this game started at 7 P.M. because they sure weren’t ready for the 2 P.M. tip. The Blazers shot 59 percent from the field including 6-9 from three-point range as they’d take an early 32-17 lead after one.

The Wizards fought back strong. The Wiz dropped 40 in the second quarter on an unheard of 17-21 shooting from the field to claw back in this one and trail by just two 59-57 at halftime.

Garrett Temple hit a three pointer to open the third quarter as the Wizards took a 60-59 lead. That’s when the wheels fell off. The Blazers countered that with a 22-1 run to take a 79-61 lead. All momentum that the Wizards had was officially gone.

The Blazers had another blazing hot quarter (see what I did there) from behind the arc where they hit 8-10 of their three-pointers. Wittman would keep the starters in for most of garbage time but the team had dug itself too big of a hole.

The Wizards fall 108-98 and start their 5-game home stand with two straight losses.

Recap: Blazers at Wizards

The Wizards blow a 25 point lead but ultimately hang on to beat the Trail Blazers 105-97. John Wall messed around and nearly got a triple-double posting 21 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals as his final stat line. The Wizards have won their fourth straight and look to be out of that funk which lasted over a month. The win also brings the Wizards within .5 games of the Chicago Bulls for the 4 seed.

Nene was back in the starting lineup after missing two games due to personal reasons and the big man started off very aggressive. Nene started 2-4 from the field and took it right at Robin Lopez. The matchup was a fun and physical one to watch the entire night.

During this win streak, the Wizards have made it an emphasis to push the ball more and get some easy buckets. The Wizards had eight fast break points in the quarter (25 overall) and were up 27-20 after the first quarter.

Drew Gooden got hot scoring seven of his nine points in the second quarter. All of his points came on deep jump shots including a corner three pointer.

Ramon Sessions came in and was also looking to push the ball. Even though Sessions is undersized, he is not afraid to drive to the hole amongst the trees.  Having a quick back up point guard is something this team has desperately needed and just may have found its match.

The Wizards used an 11-0 run to end the quarter and stretched the lead to 20, leading 60-40 at halftime on 57% shooting.

Early in the third quarter, Paul Pierce found a streaking Nene who threw down a viscous reverse dunk and the Wiz were up 25, 71-46. This game was over right? Wrong. Aaron Afflalo started to heat up towards the end of the third hitting two three pointers and cutting the lead to 14. Steve Blake hit a three pointer at the 35 second mark and the lead was cut to seven.

The Wizards were playing super tight on offense and you could feel it. They weren’t turning the ball over but jump shots that were falling earlier in the game were no longer going in. With the Wizards up just three, Bradley Beal hit a corner three out of a timeout. The Wizards then followed that up with an alley-oop from John Wall to Marcin Gortat and the Wiz were back up eight.

With the Wizards up 96-90, John Wall raced out in transition and found Paul Pierce in the corner for a three, Dagger. The Wiz would hold on to the win 105-97 and avoid a pretty bad collapse.

This team heads out west for a four game road trip. Up next, a very improved Utah Jazz team.

Recap: Wizards at Blazers

Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images
Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images

LaMarcus Aldridge surprised everyone with his decision to play tonight scoring 26 points even with a torn ligament in his left thumb. Word got out that LaMarcus would need surgery to repair his thumb but he delayed the surgery and is going to play through the injury.

Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews scored 20 and 19 points respectively as the Blazers erased a 14 point deficit to come back to beat the Wizards 103-96.

The Wizards were hot early in this one and it felt like they had an opportunity to blow this one open. The Wiz raced out to a 13-2 lead starting 6-9 from the field. Both Paul Pierce and Bradley Beal came out aggressive and knocked down shots. This was a good sign as the Wizards sometimes lacked that aggression in the OKC game. On the flip side, the Blazers started 0-8 from the field and found themselves down 12 at the end of the 1st quarter.

Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews started to heat up in the 2nd quarter. Back to back threes by the back court mates cut the Wizards lead to seven. The Wizards were very protective of the basketball and did not commit a turnover in the first quarter. That did not spill over to the second quarter as the Wiz committed six turnovers in the period.

The Wizards used a 5-0 run to end the quarter including a tough fall away jumper from John Wall to stretch the lead to 55-45 at half.

They say the first five minutes of the third quarter are very important and dictate the rest of the game. Well, the Wizards played very poorly during this five minute stretch. As the Wizards lead was dwindling, Paul Pierce hit a corner three to regain some momentum. The 3 was Pierce’s 2,000th career 3 pointer. A feat only three other players have reached.

Again, Matthews regained his shooting touch in the third quarter hitting threes on back-to-back possessions. Nene tried to answer on a 3 of his own which he missed badly. This whole Nene shooting threes and is a stretch 4 needs to stop immediately, like NOW. The Blazers ended the quarter on a 11-2 run to cut the lead to one going into the fourth.

The Wizards executed pretty poorly down the stretch. Turnovers and bad shots allowed the Blazers to take the lead and regain control of the game. Martell Webster got 19 minutes off the bench tonight. He shot just 1-5 from the field and continued his run of missing threes when the game is on he line.

In the end, it was too much LaMarcus Aldridge and three point shooting from the Blazers that prevented the Wiz from coming back in this one. Wiz head to Denver tomorrow night to try and stop this losing streak.