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Game recap – Wizards flatline in Big D

November 13, 2013 8:15 am by:
Tony Gutierrez, AP

Tony Gutierrez, AP

Mavericks 105 Wizards 95

November 12, 2013
American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
NBA.com boxscore/highlights

Wizards fans, you didn’t get your heart ripped out in the 4th quarter/overtime this game, you got it ripped out in the 2nd quarter instead. The Wizards came out firing on all cylinders, jumping out to as big as a 9 point lead in the 1st quarter. But then that ugly defense that you saw give up 130 points in the paint the first two games of the season reared it’s head again.

Turning the ball over 19 times against a veteran team like the Mavericks on the road will almost certainly result in a loss every single time. Nene had a team-high six turnovers himself. Nene also missed 6 free throws, plus about five and-1 attempts that he normally would make.

Games where Bradley Beal shoots 2-for-10 and scores under 10 points will probably point to an unsuccessful night for the Wizards. But where Beal struggled on offense, Trevor Ariza picked up the slack as he and John Wall were a two man show in the 3rd quarter. But you’d have to think that there won’t be many games where Beal and Martell Webster are a combined 0-5 from 3 point range.

The Mavericks got balanced scoring from all over. The Wizards were slayed by an unlikely two headed monster in centers Samuel Dalembert & DeJuan Blair. The two combined for 24 points & 16 rebounds. Blair bullied Kevin Seraphin so bad for 3 minutes that it was the only 3 minutes that Randy Wittman could stomach of Seraphin and he never saw action again the game.

Also worth noting: Dirk Nowitzki passed NBA legend Jerry West in the NBA career scoring list tonight

MVP: Trevor Ariza – 27 points, 5-11 3PT, 7 rebounds, 4 steals

Ariza had his second great all around performance this season. He was pretty much the Wizards only scoring threat the whole game, with five 3-pointers to show. He played the passing lanes very well on defense which led to a few easy scoring opportunities.

LVP: Nene – 6 turnovers, 6 missed FTs

I started to go with Beal here for his 2-for-10 shooting night but every one of Nene’s 12 faults in the stat sheet was demoralizing. Coming off a game in which the Wizards literally lost due to poor free throw shooting, it hurt every time Nene stepped to the line with a chance to cut in to the lead but missed the shot. His turnovers were a result of unnecessary passes & Jahidi White like pump fakes.

Key stat of the game: – 19 turnovers

The Wizards were just sloppy the whole night with the ball. They went through a stretch in the 3rd quarter where they looked like they were filming a blooper reel. Just careless ball handling and indecisiveness against a veteran squad that made them more times than not.

Tweet of the night:

My boy Zain on point here. Randy Wittman was treating John Wall as if he’s Steve Nash for the Lakers this year.

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What’s next:

Part 2 of the Texas two step…The Spurs. The Wizards badly needed to steal one game from the Thunders or Mavs before rolling in to San Antonio to face the defending Western Conference champs. While the Wizards are top 6 in the NBA in scoring, the Spurs are top 3 in the NBA in points allowed. Would be nice if Bradley Beal can get his groove back tomorrow.

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