Wizards vs. Jazz final score: Washington falls to shorthanded Utah squad 107-104

Just when you thought the Wizards might be turning the corner, they go out and got beat on their home court by a depleted Utah Jazz team 107-104 in their latest #SoWizards loss of the season on Wednesday night.

The Wizards trailed by nine points going into the fourth quarter but were able to claw their way back in this one. They even briefly took a 102-101 lead after back-to-back three-pointers but Utah responded with a Joe Ingles three, and clutch free throws by Joe Johnson.

The Wizards had one last opportunity with 7.6 seconds to play. After struggling to get the ball in, Bradley Beal got caught in the air looking to pass the ball on a desperation three as the Wizards couldn’t get up a final shot.


John Wall almost willed the Wizards to victory

The Wizards made their run in this game once John Wall decided he would play All-NBA caliber defense in the fourth quarter. He single-handedly tried to will the Wizards to victory starting on the defensive end. He held his own when switched onto bigger players in the post, was diving for loose balls, and logged two steals turning them into transition opportunities.

On the flip side, Wall was in constant attack mode on the offensive end as he scored 14 points in the final period. With Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors out, Wall looked to attack the rim and either finish with a layup or kick the ball out for an open shot.

Wall hit a three late in the game to give the Wizards a 102-101 lead, but it wouldn’t be enough to overcome the mishaps earlier in the contest.

Wall and Beal don’t get much scoring help

Beal started the game in attack mode looking to score from close in. He was decisive on his drives and looked to take his man off the dribble whenever he had the mismatch that got him several layups early on.

The offense stalled out early in the second quarter with the all-bench unit it so Scott Brooks inserted Beal, and it made all the difference. Washington stretched the lead out to 10, 43-33 over a period where Beal scored eight straight points for the Wizards ending the half with 16 points.

Wall carried the load in the second half scoring 24 of his 35 points. The issue for Washington was, they didn’t get much help from the other guys. Yes, Otto Porter ended the night with 14 points but nine of those came in the first quarter. Outside of Oubre, the bench was a non-factor that forced Brooks to play the starters very heavy minutes.

Too many turnovers

John Wall turned the ball over on the Wizards opening play of the game, and that was an omen for what would play out the rest of the night.

Washington tied their season-high with 23 turnovers tonight resulting in 27 points for the Jazz. As mentioned Wall was loose with the ball as he had eight of those, many of the live-ball variety and the Jazz made the Wizards pay.

You’re not going to win many games being that loose with the rock.

Game Notes

  • Bradley Beal eclipsed the 20-point mark for the 31st time this season.
  • The loss drops Washington to 23-18 at the halfway mark of this up-and-down season.

Next up: The Wizards continue their homestand on Friday as they host the Orlando Magic at 7 p.m. ET.


Wizards vs. Jazz final score: Washington gets blown off the court in 116-69 loss

Well, that’s not an ideal way to start a five-game road trip.

There was a sequence in the third quarter where Marcin Gortat missed a layup on one end, the Jazz snagged the miss and countered on the other end with a Donovan Mitchell three-pointer. It was that kind of a night as the Wizards got blown out on Monday night, 116-69.

The no-longer-under-the-radar-rookie Donovan Mitchell jump-started the Jazz with 21 points on 8 of 13 shooting as the Jazz had this one wrapped up early in the second quarter.

Washington needs to bury the tape from this one and move on as quickly as possible to the next game.


Washington falls into the Jazz’s trap

When the Jazz force you to play their brand of basketball, it’s game over. They shorten the game, swing the ball, force you into taking midrange jumpers while they create opportunities in the paint and get open corner threes. That was all on display in the first half as the Jazz put their mark on this game early.

Utah got too many easy baskets close to the hole as they scored 34 points in the paint in the first half compared to Washington’s eight. After establishing their paint presence, the Jazz started swinging the ball around the horn resulting in seven first half three-pointers as the Wizards were left to chase them around the perimeter.

On the flip side, it wasn’t much prettier as Utah ran Washington off of the three-point line and funneled them into taking midrange jumpers all night. The Wizards narrowed the three-point attempt gap in garbage time, but the Jazz still wound up attempting 14 more threes than Washington and making a dozen more than the Wizards did.

Terrible first half plagues Washington

The first half was ugly.

The Wizards shot just 27 percent from the field in the first half and only managed to hit on 11 field goal attempts. No Washington player scored in double figures and Otto Porter was the only Wizards player to shoot at least 40 percent from the field.

Washington lacked anything resembling tenacity as the Jazz more than doubled the Wizards up in the half, 64-30. In fact, the Jazz had more points in the paint (34) than the Wizards had in the half (30).

You had to look very hard to find a stat that favored Washington in the first half of play.

Bradley Beal struggles again

For the third time in four games, Bradley Beal had a tough night. After starting the evening just 1-5 from the field, he got rid of his protective goggles as they looked to be bothering him once again. Beal finished the night with 11 points on 4-15 shooting and missing all of his three-point attempts.

It’s not time to push the panic button yet, but Beal has been in a bit of a funk over these past four games and the Wizards need him desperately to snap out of it.

Game Notes

  • Washington scored just 69 points tonight, a season-low.
  • Tomas Satoransky’s streak of three straight games with no turnovers ended tonight.
  • The Wizards had as many assists (4) as they did turnovers (4) in the first half (OK, I’ll stop with these kinds of stats.)
  • Jason Smith got playing time tonight (!!!)

Next up: The Wizards are back in action on Tuesday night as they face the Blazers in Portland at 10 p.m.

Wizards at Jazz Final Score: Hayward and the Jazz pull away late, win 95-88

Bradley Beal scored 27 points with 15 coming the fourth quarter but the Utah Jazz wore down the Wizards for a grind it out, 95-88 victory. John Wall added 16 points while Kelly Oubre and Bojan Bogdanovic both scored 10 points off the bench as the loss drops the Wizards to fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

This one didn’t start out well for the Wizards as they connected on 3-11 shots to start this one and found themselves in an early 17-5 hole. But once again, Kelly Oubre came in and provided a spark off the bench. A hustle play where Oubre dove to the floor and kicked it to Beal for a layup jumpstarted a 8-1 run to get this Wizards back in this game.

The hot shooting carried over to the second quarter as the Wizards started 5-7 from the field in the second period. However, the Jazz used a stretch where they connected on six straight field goals and led, 42-39 at halftime.

Marcin Gortat has been struggling on the offensive end as of late and the Wizards ran a pick-and-roll to get the big man a dunk to start the third quarter. After going scoreless in the first half, Otto Porter came alive with a herky-jerky reverse layup and knocking down a corner three as the Wiz took a 51-47 lead. The highlight of the period came with Beal getting the inbounds pass and dunking it home with the foul call.

Things got chippy in the third quarter as well. Wall curled off a screen but clearly hit Rudy Gobert in the stomach. Wall would be called for his 15th technical of the season but things would not escalate. The Jazz took a 64-61 lead into the fourth quarter.

Bradley Beal played well for most of the game but really came alive in the fourth quarter. Beal hit several tough jumpers, attacked the hole, and hit timely three-pointers to keep the Wizards in this one as John Wall struggled for most of the night.

However, Hayward and former Wizard Shelvin Mack would hit timely baskets down the stretch to put this one out of reach. Jazz win 95-88.

Comeback attempt falls short as Wizards lose to Jazz, 102-92.

John Wall scores 23 points and Bradley Beal adds 22 but the Wizards comeback attempt falls short as they lose to the Jazz, 102-92. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 15 points in his first home game at Verizon Center while Ian Mahinmi also had his best game as a Wizard with seven points.

You could feel the Wizards post All-Star break funk continue as they struggled to score early. Washington shot just 2-10 to start this one and found themselves in an early hole. The Wizards countered with a 9-0 run as the game was tied up at 24 after one.

Utah came into the game with the league’s best defense and you could see why. They held the Wizards scoreless through the first four minutes of the second quarter but were only able to stretch the lead out to eight. John Wall re-entered the game and in a forty-second span, put his fingerprint on the game. A nifty drive to the hole followed by an alley-oop got the Wizards fans on their feet.

Aside from that, there wasn’t much to like from Washington in the second quarter as they were outscored 25-15 in the period and trailed 49-39 at halftime.

Things fell apart for the Wizards in the third quarter as they got killed on the offensive glass. Many times, Utah missed a shot but second chance points hurt the Wizards as they found themselves down by as many as 24, 70-46 in the third quarter.

Washington showed some life as Bogdanovic hit a 3 as time expired and the Wizards were within striking distance but down 73-60 entering the fourth quarter.

The Wizards kept chipping away and were able to get the lead down to as little as eight. Unfortunately, Gordon Hayward always had an answer. The All-Star ended the night with a game-high 30 points including two clutch jumpers as the Wizards were mounting their comeback.

At the end of the day, it was too little too late. Wizards fall 102-92.

Post All-Star Break hangover continues

This wasn’t a clunker of a game but there were stretches where the Wizards were just unengaged. There was a lot of complaining tonight as Washington felt they weren’t getting calls. Whether true or not, the refs got in the Wizards’ heads as Wall picked up a technical in the first half and Markieff Morris was ejected after he fouled out. The Wizards better get out of this funk and quickly as Golden State comes to town on Tuesday.

Wizards get crushed on the glass

The Wizards were outrebounded 52-27 behind 20 rebounds from Rudy Gobert. Utah also had 11 offensive rebounds resulting in second chance points for the Jazz. It’s tough to win games when you nearly get doubled up in the rebounding category.

Bogdanovic shows what he’s capable of

The newest Wizard scored 15 points in 33 minutes of play tonight on 5-10 shooting including three three-pointers. We got a taste of what Bogdanovic can do. He’s not great at creating his own shot but is at his best when he catches and shoots. If he continues to play like this, expect to see more of Bogdanovic and less of Kelly Oubre.

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 lose pivotal game to Jazz, 114-93.

Earlier this week, Wall said this was the most important game of the season.

It didn’t look like at as the Wizards got smacked by the Jazz, 114-93. The Wizards looked lazy and really uninterested in playing basketball tonight.

Shelvin Mack scored a career-high 27 points as John Wall and the Wizards had no answer.

Wall led the way for the Wizards with 24 points but don’t let the numbers fool you. Wall only had nine points through three quarters and scored 15 more in the fourth quarter during garbage time.

The Wizards didn’t lose any ground as the Bulls and Pistons lost but regardless, this season is spiraling out of control quickly.

Wizards lack desperation: In “the most important game of the season”, the Wizards lacked urgency. The Jazz on the other hand were hustling to loose balls, diving on the floor, and battling for rebounds. You know, the stuff teams do when they’re just right outside the playoff race. The Wizards played poor defense giving up 114 points to a team that averages 97 per game.

It starts with Wall. Shelvin Mack outplayed Wall tonight in “the most important game of the season.” Mack was more aggressive and came out with a killer’s mentality.

Wall looked hesitant. In addition, Wall’s defense has fallen off a cliff this year and that was evident tonight.

Fast break Points: The Wizards are the second best team in the NBA in transition but only managed six fast break points; all of which came in the fourth quarter when the game was already out of hand. Utah turned it over 18 times but the Wizards couldn’t capitalize.

Wall finally got going late getting some easy layups at the rim and getting to the free throw line. But at that point, the game was already well out of hand.

Wizards down the Jazz 103-89

The Wizards down the Jazz 103-89 in the makeup game postponed due to the snowstorm back in January. There was no energy in the stands

but plenty of energy on the court.

John Wall notched his 31st double double of the season with 17 points and 11 assists. Marcin Gortat also had a hell of a game with 22 points (9-12 shooting), 10 rebounds, and five blocks. I’ve been very critical of Nene but the big man played well scoring 16 points on 7-11 shooting.

Not that this was a “must win” but the Wizards needed this one to get their confidence going for this playoff push. The Wizards dug in on the defensive end turning the Jazz over 23 times.

The Wizards led 49-42 at halftime and things were looking good.

The first five minutes of the third quarter changed the game. The Wizards started the quarter on a 12-2 run stretching the lead out to 57-43 early. The Jazz wouldn’t lay down and were able to make a run cutting the lead down to eight as the Wizards led 76-68 after three.

Bradley Beal got hot in the fourth quarter connecting on 5-6 of his field goal attempts in the quarter. As John Wall does every night, he went around the world in traffic for a scoop layup:

Wall found Gortat on a pick and roll for a slam to give the Wizards a 17 point lead 100-83 and they wouldn’t look back. Wiz win 103-89.

Playing Gortat and Nene at the same time has to stop: Nene and Gortat started the game at the power forward and center positions and it can be assumed that this was done to match Utah’s large frontcourt of Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert. Nene and Gortat only played 12 minutes together and you could see the difference when they were on the floor together versus when they weren’t. On offense, everything gets clogged up in the paint. Also, the ball stops whenever it gets into Nene’s hands on the block. When they aren’t on the floor together, each big man has more room to operate without worrying about a double team coming. Let’s hope that this was done to match Utah’s frontcourt and isn’t a theme going forward.

Run baby run: The Wizards got out in transition tonight scoring 34 fast break points. The highlight coming with this John Wall lob to Otto Porter who slammed it home:

The Wizards were pretty good with their outlet passes with only one turnover occurring in the backcourt. Lets be real, Raul Neto wasn’t going to stay in front of Wall either. Guys filled the lanes and Wall found them in transition. Transition game was picture perfect tonight.