Wizards run out of gas, fall to Pacers 105-89

Seven Pacers players score in double-figures led by Myles Turner with 18 points as Indiana downed a tired Washington squad, 105-89 on Sunday.

Only four Wizards players cracked double-figures in the game, led by Markieff Morris with 16 off the bench, but it wouldn’t be nearly enough as this one had ‘schedule loss’ written all over it after their thrilling triple overtime win over the Suns on Saturday evening.

The Wizards played about as well as one would hope to start this game. Even though the Wizards turned the ball over six times in the opening period and shot just 8-for-18 from the field, they found themselves down just two points one quarter.

After a John Wall turnover, it looked like the Pacers might open the floodgates up in this one as the ball found it’s way to Bojan Bogdanovic in the corner for a three-pointer giving Indiana a 44-32 lead. But Washington had an answer. Back-to-back threes from Morris and Jeff Green trimmed the Pacers lead to six and the Wizards were able to get as close as three after Thomas Bryant converted an and-one opportunity.

Indiana would counter with a 7-0 run of their own to take a 53-43 lead into halftime.

You usually don’t see fatigue in teams on the second half of a back-to-back until the second half — and that was the case for Washington. After hanging around, the Pacers ripped off a 16-1 extended run to open the game up 76-57 in the third quarter.

The deficit would be too much to overcome as Scott Brooks emptied the bench for the entire fourth quarter to close this one out as Washington was held to a season-low 89 points in the loss.


Wizards fall apart in the third quarter

The Wizards did a good job hanging around in this one during the first half, which was really all you could ask for from a team playing the second half of a back-to-back in less than 24 hours. Once the adrenaline wore off and the dead legs kicked in, Washington’s chance of sneaking away with a victory went out the window.

Washington was only able to muster 18 points in the third quarter as they were outscored 31-18 in the period.

However, the highlight of the period came on a basket that didn’t count. Bradley Beal stole the ball from a Pacers player, passed it off to Trevor Ariza who found a streaking Green for a monstrous dunk over Victor Oladipo.

This basket was waived off due to an offensive foul, but that doesn’t take away from how spectacular this dunk was.

Turnovers haunt the Wizards

The Wizards were in the giving spirit as they coughed the ball up 22 times, equaling the number they gave up the night before. John Wall was the main culprit with seven turnovers on the evening, including six in the first half.

No turnover is good, however, the ones the Wizards committed tonight would rank lowest on the totem pole. Too many times, guys would try to thread the needle after driving into a crowded lane or they’d turn it over attempting to save a loose ball heading out of bounds only to lead to transition opportunities for the Pacers.

The first half would have been a whole lot closer however the Wizards committed 13 turnovers leading to 20 Indiana points. Nine second-half turnovers added insult to injury as you aren’t going to win many games when committing 22 turnovers.

Washington gets nothing from their backcourt

Bradley Beal played over 50 minutes last night and you could tell. He looked gassed from the get-go and as a result, was only able to muster up seven points on 2-for-11 shooting in just 23 minutes of action.

John Wall on the other hand, was playing like a guy on the second half of a back-to-back, except he didn’t play last night due to flu-like symptoms that seemed to still be affecting his play. His numbers were equally as bad as he also only scored seven points and turned the ball over seven times.

The Wizards aren’t going to be competitive in games when these guys only combine for 14 points.


Pacers at Wizards final score: Washington uses a balanced attack to knock of Pacers 109-102

The Washington Wizards used a balanced attack led by Bradley Beal with 19 points to knock off the Indiana Pacers in a pivotal Eastern Conference matchup, 109-102. Marcin Gortat had one of his better games of the season with 18 points and eight rebounds and Kelly Oubre scored 16 points off the bench as the Wizards notch their 40th win of the season.

Washington led by as many as 20 in this one, 101-81 in the fourth quarter and looked like they might win this one in a blowout fashion. But, Pacers coach, Nate McMillan pulled his starters with 5:33 remaining in the game, which sparked an Indiana run. Indiana used a 17-4 run behind the hot shooting from Lance Stephenson and TJ Leaf to trim the Wizards lead down to seven, 105-98 late in the fourth quarter. But Scott Brooks would reinsert his starters and the Wizards would hold suit knocking off the Pacers 109-102 and win the season series, 2-1.


Washington wins with a balanced attack

Five Washington players scored in double figures tonight and the team combined for 29 assists in the latest edition of ‘Everybody Eats’. After struggling for nearly the entire month of March, Gortat had a breakout game with 18 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. Kelly Oubre, who’s also struggled as of late, chipped in with 16 points off the bench including two timely three-pointers for Washington.

Tomas Satoransky continued his outstanding play with 12 points, five rebounds, and eight assists as this time; he won the dual with Cory Joseph.

The Washington bench combined for 37 points in another great all-around team effort for the Wizards.

Washington keeps Oladipo in check

Last time these two teams played, Oladipo scorched the Wizards for 33 points in an Indiana victory. That was not the case tonight as the Wizards put the clamps on Oladipo holding him to a relatively pedestrian 18 points on 7-16 shooting from the field.

Bradley Beal, who guarded Oladipo for most of the previous matchup started off defending the first-time All-Star tonight but the Wizards switched the guard positions much more freely. Tomas Satoransky also guarded Oladipo for stretches tonight and he was great at defending the dribble handoffs that the Pacers like to run.

But most importantly for Washington tonight, they limited the Pacers, specifically Oladipo’s, transition opportunities evidenced as Indiana ended the night with just four fast-break points.

Tip Ins

  • The Wizards were the beneficiaries of Indiana’s mistakes turning 15 turnovers into 26 Washington points
  • Markieff Morris turned in another strong performance with 15 points and five rebounds 

Up Next: Washington heads to San Antonio on Wednesday night where they haven’t won since 1999.

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.

Recap: Magic at Wizards

Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images
Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

The Wiz blow out another inferior opponent in the Magic 96-80 behind 15 points from Rasual Butler off the bench. Once again, John Wall barely missed a triple-double posting a stat line of 9 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. In addition to Butler; Gooden, Gortat, and Nene all scored in double figures in a balanced effort from this team.

The Wizards bigs got involved right from the get go. Gortat hit a floater to start the game and Nene was very active swooping to the lane looking to attack the rim. The Wizards pushed the ball early resulting in some easy buckets and 17 transition points for the game.

Scary moment at the 27 second mark of the first quarter. Kris Humphries went up for a rebound and it looked like his leg got caught on Kyle O’Quinn’s. Kris was unable to break his fall and landed on his back, he would not return.

Both teams started quarter the second ice cold. The Wizards started 3-11 from the field whereas the Magic were 4-11. Unfortunately, turnovers reared their ugly head once again as the Wizards committed their 11th midway through the second quarter and had 20 overall. Against teams like the Magic and the Nets, you can get away with this. Turnovers were a huge issue during the losing streak and that must get cleaned up against the upper echelon teams.

As a result, the Wiz were just up eight, 43-35 at half.

Neither team hit a three pointer in the first half; the Magic were 0-11 and the Wizards went 0-7 from three point range. That changed quickly as the Wizards hit three three pointers in as many possessions from Wall, Temple, and Pierce. Slow starts to halves have plagued this team but these three pointers stretched the lead out to 15.

Gortat seems to be out of his funk which is a great sign. The Polish hammer had 14 points and 14 rebounds and really turned things on in the third quarter. Him and John got the pick and roll going again which led to easy dunks or drawing a foul while going up for a shot.

Once again, John went all “Skip to My Lou” when we threw a behind the back pass in transition for Nene who threw down a thunderous jam. The Wizards coasted the rest of the way and the Magic never got closer than 10. The Wiz win 96-80 in their last home game before the All Star break.

Recap: Wizards at Magic

AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack
AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack

This game all but looked like it was going to overtime. With .8 seconds on the clock, the Wizards had a chance at a last second heave to win it. Andre Miller lobbed the ball over 7 footer Dewayne Dedmon, Paul Pierce set a back screen for Bradley Beal who laid the ball in over Victor Oladipo to win the game. Game Over. Wizards win 91-89.

John Wall led the way for the Wizards with 21 points, 11 assists, and 6 rebounds stretching his consecutive streak of double-doubles to 6. Kris Humphries had 11 points and Nene chipped in with 12 points off the bench on a very effective 6-8 shooting.

The Magic were shorthanded in this one, missing double-double machine Nikola Vucevic due to injury. Even without the big man, the Magic were very competitive in this one and quite frankly, probably should have won. Former Hoosier (gotta represent) Victor Oladipo led the way for the Magic with 17 points. Tobias Harris and rookie Elfrid Payton added 15 and 12 points respectively for the Magic coming off a west coast road trip.

You could see from the start that the Wizards were just going through the motions for about the first 3½ quarters. They were running plays but making cuts without intensity or purpose, they were not hustling for the 50/50 balls, and gave up way too many easy buckets on defense.

The Magic came out scorching hot in the 3rd quarter hitting 7-9 field goals, stretching the lead to 9. Victor Oladipo drove to the hole and was looking to throw down a nasty dunk but Marcin Gortat went up with him and got called for the foul. Gortat didn’t think there was any contact and got T’d up by the refs as a result. After watching the replay, it looked like Gortat got him on the body. The T sparked the Wiz who then went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to two. The Wizards shot 60% (12-20) from the field in the quarter but trailed by eight due to the Magic’s sharp shooting of 71%.

The Wiz came out in the 4th quarter and ran a play for Rasual Butler who knocked down his first jump shot. This was a good sign of things to come. Defense was a little questionable though. Once again, the Wizards bigs would switch onto smaller guards whenever a screen was run, even early in the shot clock. This led to Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton shooting over the big men and connecting more often than not. It looked like things might be slipping out of control when Nene had a monstrous put back dunk off of a miss. John Wall backed that up with a steal and easy dunk to cut the lead to four on the next possession.

Some poor boxing out allowed Tobias Harris slam home a rebound to put the Magic up five with just over a minute to go. John Wall took the game into his own hands with layups on back to back possessions; getting fouled on the second. John had a chance to tie the game but missed the And-1. With 32 seconds left, the Wizards locked down on defense forced a tough shot from Victor Oladipo. Rasual Butler got pushed from behind going up for the rebound. With the Magic in the penalty, Rasual had a chance to give the Wizards the lead. Rasual had missed just one free throw all season…. He splits the pair to tie the game at 89.

Victor Oladipo is once again, forced into a tough shot on the next possession out. The Wizards call a timeout and advance the ball with .8 seconds. Coach Wittman calls a perfect play and Andre Miller lobs the ball up for Bradley Beal who lays it in as time expires. The Win moves the Wizards to 5-4 on the road and 15-6 overall. Huge test on Friday with the Clipshow coming to town.