Wizards 100 Bucks 92 (OT)
November 27, 2013
BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
We’ve all heard the philosophical question, “if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Tonight I was pondering a quandary of my own: “if there’s a basketball game played and no one is there to see it and neither team wants to win, did it happen?” I guess the ENTIRE city of Milwaukee thought that it was too cold and too close to Thanksgiving to venture out to watch the Bucks take on the Wizards, and I’m anxious to see the official attendance of last night’s game. They were smart to miss this one. This game was a mistake-filled, turnover-heavy comedy of errors.
The Wizards lead for the majority of the game but never took complete control against a vastly inferior team. They would stretch out the lead and then fumble it away, lather, rinse repeat. After coming off of spectacular 30 point performances, Wall and Nene both struggled for most of the game, especially in the first half. By halftime, Wall only had two points and three assists, while Nene only had four points. Marcin Gortat was the only bright spot in the first half, scoring 10 points on 5-for-5 shooting.
The second half was more subpar basketball so let’s just fast forward to the end of the game. The Wizards led 81-80 with 5:35 left in the game and they didn’t score again until about a minute left to play. Luckily the Bucks only scored four points during that stretch. The Bucks tied it up on an OJ Mayo 3 pointer with six seconds left and John Wall missed the game winning floater, sending the game into OT.
In overtime, the Wizards danced with the guy who took them to the dance, Marcin Gortat. Gortat scored two of the first three baskets and hit two big free throws to seal the game.
While this game was Popeye Jones ugly, the Wizards still pulled out the win 100-92 and in this league you get no style points.
MVP: Marcin Gortat – 25 points, 11-12 FG, 2 blocks
This was an easy one. The Polish Hammer literally could not be stopped, going 11-for-12 from the field. He had the entire arsenal working for him tonight, 18 foot jumpers, put-back dunks, and spin moves on the block. The only thing that slowed him down was the Wizards not feeding him the ball.
LVP: Nene – 9 points, 2-for-6 FG
Nene was coming off of maybe the best game of his career but he never looked comfortable last night. He looked tentative with his shot and struggled catching and passing the ball as well. He did have two huge offensive rebounds in overtime that helped seal the game so we’ll let bygones be bygones.
Key stat of the game: – 37-74 FG (50%), 10 made 3-pointers
When the Wizards didn’t turn the ball over and got shots up, they converted 50% of the time and were also able to knock down a good number of 3’s. This stat is key for the Wizards offense especially after losing a chunk of their offense and their best shooter in Bradley Beal. While most of the high percentage attempts came by way of Gortat, the Wiz also got ample shooting from Wall and Webster.
Tweet of the night:
Forgive me for the typo..
Throw away your tukey's because we get discounted pizza tomorrow.
— Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) November 28, 2013