Wizards December 13Posted on January 14, 2013 by DJ-WizardsRadio
By Dave Johnson
The Washington Wizards were able to hold the Houston Rockets below their season average in scoring. Unfortunately it was just an average night on offense for the Wizards and their bid for a second consecutive win on the road came up short in a 99-93 loss to the Rockets.
As has been the case all season, defense has not been the issue for the Wizards. The Rockets are averaging over 104 points per-game and in the first half the Wizards held them to 45 points on 38 percent shooting from the field. It was almost 42 points, but Toney Douglas scored an uncontested 50-footer at the buzzer.
On the season the Wizards are last in the NBA in scoring at 90.4 points per-game and last in field goal percentage at 40 percent. Against the Rockets the Wizards scored 93 points and shot only 39 percent from the field. Because of their defense, the Wizards were close to beating the Rockets, with the NBA’s third best offense, on the road.
Here is today’s Wizards Report:
Falling down and getting up:
Through seven different starting lineups this season the Wizards have struggled to get off god starts. At the end of the first quarter the Wizards trailed the Rockets 27-17 and it marked the seventh time this season the Wizards with a double-digit deficit in the first quarter. True to form the Wizards rallied from a 14-point deficit in the second quarter to make it a three-point game at halftime.
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“We did keep coming back but we struggled shooting in the first half and 39% for the game. Against a team like that when you’re struggling to make outside shots and get easy baskets but we still kept fighting back. We have to play more inside-out and we take too many tough outside shots. You have to move the ball and we don’t and that gets us in trouble and we fall in a hole. We’ll correct those things and we’re going to get out of here one of these days with a 50% shooting night. I thought NenÃª came in and did a great job. Again some of our guys struggled off the bench. We’re going to have some tough shooting nights”.
Home, Sweet, Home:
Emeka Okafor is from Houston and he responded with his best game of the season. Okafor finished with 19 points, 6 rebounds, and two blocked shots. Okafor is becoming more of a defensive anchor with the Wizards, but he almost scored over 20 points for the first time in over two years. Okafor last scored more than 20 points when he finished with 26 points in a Hornets win over the Heat in November of 2010.
Okafor’s night through the magic of another Ben Raby montage:
Nene continues to go from strength to strength. In his ninth game back from plantar fasciitis, Nene almost recorded his second consecutive double-double with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Nene, Bradley Beal, and Jordan Crawford have been giving the Wizards much-needed consistent production and were part of a strong push in the fourth quarter against the Rockets when they combined for 20 points. In the final quarter the Wizards were only outscored by the Rockets 31-29. Beal has now scored in double-figures in six straight games.
On Thursday, Bradley Beal, Chris Singleton, & Earl Barron joined the Wizard Girls and G-Wiz at Georgetown University Hospital to visit the pediatric wing and spread holiday cheer for the children. The morning kicked off with everyone waiting outside the hospital for Santa to arrive. The players greeted some of the staff and patients in the lobby before Santa made his grand entrance on motorcycle behind a police escort.