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Lather, Rinse, Repeat: Wizards Continue Home Roll; Pick Apart Knicks

Wizards 117
Knicks 101

January 31, 2017 – Verizon Center, Washington, DC

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Lather, rinse and repeat for the Washington Wizards. The DC ballers have stretched their home winning streak to 15 games – second best in franchise history – but not in the usual fashion. The Wizards actually got off to a less than ideal start, possibly motivated by the Knicks playing without Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingis, but Scott Brooks fixed that with a halftime speech to rally the troops. Washington cruised in the second half on their way to a 117-101 victory.

1st quarter

A big reason for the Wizards success in recent games has been fast starts to games and demoralizing the opponents early. That was not the case tonight as Washington trailed 16-8 midway through the first quarter and forced a Scott Brooks timeout. Carmelo Anthony was a problem early again with 13 points on 5 of 7 shooting in the frame.

Marcin Gortat has been a featured part of the Wizards offense early in games, likely to reward him for setting devastatingly good screens for the rest of the game. The Machine was 4 of 4 from the field as he took advantage of New York trying to front him in the post. Thanks to an 8-0 run after trailing by eight, Washington was able to end the quarter tied at 28.

John Wall puts Brandon Jennings in a spin cycle:

2nd quarter

Despite the recent resurgence from the second unit, it was tough to watch the bench early in the second quarter. Without someone who could consistently make their own shot, Washington was forced into bad shots and sloppy possessions. It was no surprise they began the quarter missing 7 of their 8 first shots and committing four turnovers, which lead to early re-entrance from John Wall and Marcin Gortat with 7:41 left in the half.

The Knicks were not shooting well from beyond the arc, 1 of 7 in the second quarter, but they were able to get nine points off of seven Washington turnovers. The Wizards countered with a balance scoring attack with four of the five starters, all but Porter who did not score until the third, in double-figures. The Wiz maintained a slim 59-54 margin at intermission.

The steal and flush by the Big Panda:

3rd quarter

After Markieff Morris and Carmelo Anthony traded bucks to start the half, Washington rattled off a 14-0 run to put things away. Otto Porter got in on the fun with ten points in the quarter after putting up a goose egg in the first half. His backup Kelly Oubre Jr. followed suit with seven of his own in the frame.

Machine Gun Kelly with the vicious slam:

The Knicks would later respond with a quick 6-0 run that forced a Brooks timeout, but New York would not get closer than 13 for the rest of the game. Carmelo would continue to get his but he had little supporting cast. In the third quarter, non-Anthony Knicks shot 5 of 18, 27.8 percent, which is not going to get it done against a Wizards team that had six in double-figures. Washington led 91-76 headed to the fourth.

4th quarter

These end of quarter blowouts are boring, but it is better than game-losing buzzer beaters. With 4:21 left in the game, Brooks pulled the house of guards with Washington up 20 and all of the starters and Oubre were off the court with 2:13 to play. Morris played the most at 34:04, which is good since the starters got a little bit of rest.

Instead of talking more about a quarter that was much ado about nothing besides Satoransky hitting a nice hook shot and getting a dirty block in transition, here is a quote from Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek complementing John Wall. (By the way, the Wizards won, again, 117-101.)

“He’s smart. In the beginning we were kind of dropping of him a little bit, see if he would be the guy [to] shoot. Maybe everybody else didn’t get involved [but] then he just decided, ‘You know what? Let me just go make three or four in a here and then they’ll have to guard me and I can spread it around’ and that’s basically what he did. He’s an All-Star guy. He’s really grown his game over the years. He reads it. He knows when one of his guys needs to get a shot, when somebody is hot he finds a way to get it to them. He’s a great point guard.”


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The Game’s Top Performer

Bradley Beal – 28 points, 4 assists, 12-of-18 shooting

Things were going well for The Panda tonight as he was scoring at will and earning every penny of his max contract. Although his play on the court was swell, Beal had the quote of the night talking about how this is the most confident group he has ever played with.

“For sure, for sure. Just the joy we have and the fun we are having is amazing. It’s always positive in here. We want nothing but the best for one another. It’s great camaraderie’s and we just take it out on the floor. We just play for each other, we don’t care who scores the most points. We don’t care who has a good night, who has a bad night.”


A forgettable night for..

Courtney Lee

In the spirit of picking on the other team, while the Wizards continue their hot streak, tonight’s least valuable player goes to the same man that hit a clutch three-pointer on Sunday to force triple overtime. Lee had 5 points on 2 of 10 shooting including 1 of 5 shooting from beyond the arc. That is the definition of a bad game especially because Washington did not play stellar defense early.


Key Stat of the Night

62 points in the paint. SIXTY-TWO. That is all.


What’s next?

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On Thursday, Washington will play the Los Angeles Lakers in their annual Chinese New Year Game. With Kobe Bryant retired, maybe the Verizon Center will not be packed with opposing fans. Since starting the season 10-10, L.A. has fallen off of a cliff. They do have some good young talent as well as old pal Swaggy P so even though the Wizards should win the game, they cannot look past the Lakers.

Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for Hoop District covering the Wizards. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland, College Park. Neil also covers the Washington Redskins for Breaking Burgundy and Maryland Terrapins for Testudo Times. Neil previously covered the Wizards for District Sports Page and is looking forward to bring his in-person coverage to each of the loyal Hoop District followers.

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