The Washington Wizards are advancing to the Eastern Conference Semifinals thanks to a 115-99 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.
John Wall led the way with the best playoff performance of his career, scoring 42 points on 25 shots. He also added 8 assists, 4 steals, and a pair of blocks to help Washington pick up their first road win of the playoffs.
In a wild finish, the Wizards tackled their road demons with a 113-100 over the Knicks in Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.
John Wall puts on a show in the Garden
John Wall has a reputation for putting on a show in Madison Square Garden, and he did not disappoint. Wall outran everyone in transition and worked the pick and roll to perfection, ending the night with 29 points, 13 assists, and 3 steals, as well as scoring the final four points for the Wizards, including two on this amazing play.
Things usually don’t end well when LeBron James steps foot in Capital One Arena. But Washington limited James to just 13 points and flipped the script as they ran the Lakers off the court, 128-110 on Sunday evening.
The Washington Wizards avoided a pre All-Star break lull, defeating the Indiana Pacers 111-98 for their 34th win on the season. Markieff Morris and Otto Porter carried most of the teams scoring throughout the game, finishing with 21 and 25 points respectively.
Bradley Beal remained aggressive and put up 19 points of his own, as his backcourt partner and star John Wall dished out 12 assists and scored 20 himself. Marcin Gortat remained consistent, with 12 points, 7 rebounds, and a +14 line.
John Wall matched his career-high with 19 assists as the Wizards broke out of their post All-Star game funk with one of their best wins of the season. All five Wizards starters finished in double-figures tonight led by Bradley Beal with 25 and Markieff Morris with 22 as the Wizards closed out the Warriors 112-108.
There was a ton of hype leading up to this one and rightfully so. The Wizards waited until Golden State was in town before turning in their best first quarter of the season. Unfortunately, Kevin Durant injured his knee at the 10:27 mark of the first quarter and would be sidelined the rest of the game.
KAT continued his recent onslaught with another virtuoso performance. He had 32 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and four blocks as the Wolves beat Denver in a close game down the stretch.
MINNEAPOLIS — After Karl-Anthony Towns basically single-handedly beat the Clippers on their home court last Thursday, he came home to find a deliciously hyped matchup with another promising young big man, Nikola Jokic.
Defense is key in third straight win
In front of a full house thanks to the introduction of their Prince themed jerseys, the Wolves were The Beautiful Ones tonight in a 112-96 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. The Wolves led throughout on their way to their third straight win since Jimmy Butler was shipped off, and you could tell once again that they were enjoying their basketball.
The Wolves defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder on a last-second buzzer beater from Andrew Wiggins
With one minute to go, the Wolves were holding onto a three point lead against the Thunder and the human supernova that is Russell Westbrook. Westbrook drove in and got a bucket, bringing the lead to one. On the other end, Taj Gibson missed a 20-footer and Andrew Wiggins skied in to tip the basketball in.
Ricky Rubio showcased everything we’ve been waiting for. He had a career-high 33 points while adding 10 assists and five rebound
MINNEAPOLIS — Ricky Rubio decided to end his marvelous March with a cherry on top.
The 26-year-old point guard led the Wolves to a 119-104 victory over the tanking Lakers behind a career night. No, it wasn’t a new franchise mark in assists like he set earlier this year; tonight was different.
The Wolves defeated the Lakers in an early season shootout.
This was certainly an odd game. This Wolves team was not the broken Wolves team that we have come to know from the most recent games against the Bucks and the Raptors, but rather the semi-competent team from last year had a tendency to flail about when flustered. However, the boon for the Wolves is that they were playing the mishmash Lakers, full of young athletic dynamos and veteran journeyman.
For one night, Derrick Rose was his old self
In a season marred by drama and negativity, tonight was a moment of joy for everyone involved.
As nauseating as it has been to see all of the “Vintage D-Rose!!” tweets every time Derrick Rose made a reverse layup over the past two years, we actually got vintage Derrick Rose tonight.
Andrew Wiggins and some stout second half defense leads the way for the Wolves in Denver.
That sound you heard was a gasp of breath from the Timberwolves’ playoff hopes, as they stayed (barely) alive with a big win over the Denver Nuggets in the final game before the All-Star break.
It was an impressive win under the circumstances. The second night of a back to back after expending a ton of effort in a losing cause last night against the Cavaliers. At altitude in Denver. And yet the Wolves played a strong second half, never trailing after taking a two point lead into halftime.
Tom Thibodeau completed the season sweep of his former team in dominating fashion.
The Timberwolves’ first sellout crowd of the 2016-17 season was not disappointed on Sunday.
The Wolves used a sizzling start and a brilliant first quarter by Ricky Rubio to grab a 34-17 lead after one quarter that eventually led to a 117-89 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
Andre Iguodala will seriously consider other teams’ offers, according to The Vertical. But we find it hard to believe he leaves the champion Warriors.
Andre Iguodala has been one of the cornerstones of the Warriors’ foundation of dominance, but that could come to an end this summer if recent reports on his free agency are true.
The Dallas Mavericks signed free agent Yogi Ferrell last Saturday in desperation. Another 10-day contract player, Pierre Jackson, went down with a hamstring injury, and the Mavericks already were depleted at guard. Deron Williams has missed four straight games with a toe injury, J.J. Barea is continuing to miss time with a calf injury — the third time he’s hurt it this season — and on Friday, Devin Harris missed the game with illness, too.
Wins and losses aren’t the point with these teams as much as player development. Give the Wolves the edge in the player development department, as well as on the scoreboard.
In a matchup of Western Conference bottom-feeders, lots of points were scored, youth was served (at least on one side), and it was easy to see why both teams are far from being competitive. The Timberwolves pulled it out 115-108 behind strong performances from youngsters Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine, each of whom scored more than 20.
Zach LaVine could have been one of those NBA restricted free agents who hangs around on the market until August or even later, unable to find a team willing to risk winning a bid for him with an offer sheet and unable to convince his team from buckling and pay big dollars. Restricted free agency is a huge benefit to teams with young players coming off their rookie deals, and LaVine looked to be the latest victim of the rule. His pain would be the Chicago Bulls’ gain as, in the long run, they’d be able to keep LaVine on a more reasonable deal.
Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia was not taken aback after seeing the replay of his hard foul on guard Russell Westbrook with seconds to go in the half of Wednesday’s 121-100 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“You just move on,” Pachulia said according to ESPN’s Royce Young. “If he got hurt, that’s fine too. It’s part of the game.”
The Warriors are keeping their championship core together.
Zaza Pachulia will return to the Warriors on a one-year, $3.5 million deal, according to USA Today’s Sam Amick. Pachulia will play in his 15th year in the NBA and his second with the Warriors after winning the NBA Finals in 2017 as the starting center for Golden State.
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