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Wizards Tank In Texas Again; Lose To Mavs 113-105

Mavericks 113
Wizards 105

January 3, 2017 – America Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

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Another lead evaporates.

The Wizards once again held a lead and once again let it slip away for the second night in a row. Tuesday night it was against a good Western Conference team and Wednesday night it happened against the second worst Western Conference team. Both came in Texas and thankfully the Wizards return home Friday.

Here’s how it went down:

1st quarter

The Wizards and Mavericks traded buckets in the beginning. Trailing by four, two three’s put the Wizards out front 16-14. Otto Porter had the trey that gave them the lead.

The defense crashed the boards and hung right in there. The quarter ended with a John Wall and-one to give them the lead 1.2 seconds before the quarter ended. The Wizards led after the first 12 minutes, 29-28.

2nd quarter

The Wizards started the second frame poorly on the defensive end, digging themselves in a nine-point hole. However, it didn’t last. A run that was led John Wall (and if you haven’t tweeted his name and put #NBAVote on Twitter yet, what the hell are you waiting for?!) helped put the Wizards get ahead 59-58, capped off by another and-one.

Up by four later on, Wall put the Wizards up by seven with another bucket and the foul. When Wall made the free throw, he passed Earl Monroe for most free throws made all time.

After falling by nine, the Wizards ended the half on an 18-3 run. Thirteen of Wall’s 20 first half points came during that rally and it was his seventh 20-point half of the season.

3rd quarter

Wall had a nice alley-oop to Markieff Morris early on:

Wall also channeled his inner Steve Nash with a no-look pass to Marcin Gortat to put the Wizards up by seven, 79-72.

The Mavericks answered with a 13-4 run with a Devin Harris three giving them the 85-83 lead. Harris was dangerous off the bench, outscoring the Wizards reserves through the end of three 17-13 (de ja vu? We’ll see). The Wizards answered right back with a bucket by Otto Porter. Harrison Barnes put them back in front before Marcus Thornton buried a three to put DC ahead 88-87. That would be the score entering the final 12 minutes.

4th quarter

The Wizards went scoreless for the first 5:43 of the final frame. They finally broke through on a Wall to Bradley Beal alley-oop slam. Beal was called for a technical foul for hanging onto the rim but many including Coach Brooks believed that he was protecting himself from breaking one of his legs.

The Wizards fell 113-105. Harrison Barnes led all scorers with 26, Deron Williams added 21, while Harris and Seth Curry’s (Steph’s little brother) 17 and 16 bench points respectively which is combined for 33 points were more than the Wizards total bench points (15).

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The Game’s Top Performer

John Wall- 27 points, 8 assists, 3 steals, 10-19 FG

John Wall’s 27 points in 39 minutes of action kept Washington in the contest. And as always, his dimes are a thing of beauty.

A forgettable night for..

Sheldon McClellan

McClellan was on the court for just five minutes but couldn’t score and only had one rebound. He is one of many benchwarms that needs to step it up for the non-starters unit to give the starting five (especially Wall and Beal) less pressure in late games.

Key Stat of the Night

Cue Waka Flocka Flame because the Wizards went hard in the muthaf*king paint! Sorry, trying to lighten the mood because we’re all upset about these last two nights. But if there’s one takeaway from this game to make you feel better, it’s the Wizards outscoring the Mavs 50-22 in points inside the paint.

What’s next?

The Wizards will leave the state of Texas (Thank God), and return back home where they look to keep their winning mojo at the phone booth going. Friday night against the Timberwolves, the Wizards aim for their ninth home win in a row. Tip off is at 7.

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