The Washington Wizards demolished the Celtics inside to take their first win of the series 116-89.
In the first round, it wasn’t a series until the road team won. In the second round, the opposite is holding true. The Wizards returned to their dominant Verizon Center form to humiliate the Celtics 116-89 and narrow the series to a 2-1 Celtics lead.
The Wizards squandered a 22 point lead, but still squeezed out a victory in the desert, 131-127, on Tuesday night.
In a surprising turn of events, Washington’s bench carried most of the offensive load scoring 65 points on the night, but John Wall made his usual superstar plays down the stretch to help Washington start their five game road trip with a win.
All five Washington starters scored in double figures as the Wizards overcame an early 13-point deficit to blow out the 76ers, 109-93. John Wall, band pinkie and all, led the way for the Wizards with 25 points, 7 assists, and 7 rebounds. Bradley Beal scored 20 points (18 in the first half) as the Wizards won their 11th straight game at Verizon Center to go back over .500 with a record of 20-19.
The Thunder atoned from their 4th quarter mistakes vs the Hawks and got back in the win column in New Orleans.
The dynamic backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal helped the Wizards close out the Bulls with some key plays late to pull out a 107-97 win in Chicago. John Wall led the way for the Wizards with 23 points and 9 assists, while Beal wasn’t far behind with 21 points and five assists of his own.
Washington fell behind early as the Bulls shot 62.5 percent in the first quarter and outrebounded the Wizards 18-3 in the period en route to a 33-22 lead. But the Wizards roared back in the second quarter using a 10-1 run to get back into the game. They also got more active in transition in the quarter. They scored 13 points in transition in the second quarter alone, finishing with 32 for the night. The Wizards went into halftime trailing by only one.
John Wall went for 27 points, 12 points, and 5 steals while Bradley Beal added 29 points and Otto Porter added another 18 to help the Wizards beat the Celtics 121-102 and even up their series at 2-2.
The Wizards’ customary fast start was much shorter than the first three games of the series. Washington opened the game on an 8-0 run, but it didn’t last long as Isaiah Thomas drained three threes in the quarter to help the Celtics get back into the game and take a 24-20 lead after one quarter.
John Wall and Bradley Beal took over in the fourth quarter as the Wizards overcame a second half deficit and beat the Hawks, 109-101 to take a 2-0 series lead on Wednesday. The House of Guards combined for 63 points, led by Wall with 32 and Beal with 31. Marcin Gortat also notched another double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Wizards protected home court.
The Wizards moved one step closer to advancing to the second round with a 103-99 win over the Hawks on Wednesday night.
After a very fast-paced start, the Wizards struggled offensively as the Hawks jumped out to a 34-27 lead, thanks to some hot shooting from Dennis Schroder. But Washington got back into the game thanks to some big shots from Otto Porter and Bojan Bogdanovic, who finally got going after struggling for most of the series. Their outside shooting helped the Wizards reclaim the lead before halftime and go up by 11 early in the third quarter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LAS VEGAS — Tyus Jones of the Minnesota Timberwolves was named Most Valuable Player of the Samsung NBA Summer League 2016, while nine additional players highlight the Samsung All-NBA Summer League First and Second teams, as selected by a panel of media members.
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 NCAA’s transfer eligibility rules are under assault. A lawsuit filed in the spring argues that the NCAA’s restrictions applied to athletes who transfer from a Division I school to another Division I school are illegal on antitrust grounds. Judges will decide if that’s true.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will induct a new class on Friday, including three iconic players, who represented millions of outsiders just by virtue of being themselves.
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