Wizards Show Willpower but Drop Three in Short Week


WASHINGTON–If the NBA had a moral victory column for the Washington Wizards then their record would look a lot more impressive than 4-27. Washington lost their fourth consecutive game on Jan. 5 after an overtime thriller against the Brooklyn Nets came up just short.

In all three of their losses this week Washington was close late in the game but just couldn't find the points to overcome their opponents. The AFRO recaps the week that wasn't for the Washington Wizards.

Jan. 1–Wizards 94, Dallas Mavericks, 103: The Dallas Mavericks are a completely different team from the one that won the NBA title in 2011 but apparently they're still a team that can beat the Wizards. Dallas used a 35-19 third quarter to take an 83-71 lead into the final quarter and they never looked back. Wizards rookie guard Bradley Beal scored 22 points on 4-of-7 shooting from long range and added four rebounds. But Dallas put six players in double-figures and received a classic game from Vince Carter who scored 23 points and even threw down a few of his trademark dunks in front of a mixed crowd at the Verizon Center. Washington simply couldn't get a performance out of center Nene who shot just 2-of-10 from the field.

Jan. 2–Wizards 81, Indiana Pacers, 89: Washington rarely has been able to overcome deficits over the past few years. So after Indiana led 31-18 after the first quarter there were already some Wizards players with their minds set on the next game. Washington trailed at one point 24-7 in the first quarter. Behind guard Jordan Crawford's 20 points and seven assists, Washington cut the lead to 51-49 in the middle of the third quarter but that would be as far as they would get. Indiana only shot 37 percent for the game but the home Pacers fed off every Wizards mistake as they topped the visitors and sent Washington to a 1-14 road record.

Jan. 4–Wizards 113, Brooklyn Nets, 115: Washington gave the Verizon Center a show but they just couldn't give fans the win that they wanted against the visiting Nets. Fans gave the returning Andray Blatche a bigger boo than they gave the Nets team but the former Wizard shook off the derision with 13 points, 12 rebounds and four steals. Nene (20 points) and Beal (24 points) led the charge and helped to nearly engineer the upset but the depth of the Nets simply wore them out in the extra sessions. Washington led by 10 points in the first half and even had the game tied in double-overtime. But Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson swished a long jumper and Washington was ushered to another loss.

Wizards Show Willpower but Drop Three in Short Week

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