Wizards Report January 5Posted on January 14, 2013 by DJ-WizardsRadio
By Dave Johnson
The law of averages is not catching up with the Washington Wizards. With losses in its first four overtime games the Wizards were due for a win in extra time. Instead a night filled with dramatic plays ended in more disappointment for the Wizards in a 115-113 loss to the Brooklyn Nets in double overtime.
Here is today’s Wizards Report:
For all of the Wizards determination, the veteran experience of the Nets prevailed. Joe Johnson is one of the NBA’s elite closers and he proved it when he hit an 18-foot jump shot with .7 seconds left in the second overtime.
The Wizards managed to stay close even after Nene fouled out in the first overtime. In his first game since being named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for December, Bradley Beal delivered a career high 24 points to go with 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. Beal hit a three-pointer with 1.9 seconds left in the first overtime to tie the game at 104 and force a second overtime.
Bradley Beal Radio post game with Glenn Consor:
Beal’s buzzer beater in the first overtime was the encore to Nene’s game saving shot at the end of regulation. With 3.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter the Wizards Garrett Temple narrowly avoided a five-second violation and was able to inbound the ball to Nene who quickly converted a running hook in the lane to tie the game at 93 with .8 seconds left.
In the first overtime the Wizards seized control and opened with 8-0 run to take a 101-93 lead with 1:27 remaining. The Nets then stunned the Wizards with a 9-0 run in 1:01. Jordan Crawford missed a chance to stop the Nets’ run when he missed two free throws with 15 seconds left in overtime and the Wizards leading 101-100.
Missed free throws tripped up the Wizards. From the line the Wizards were 18 of 31 and also paid the price for an inept offense in the fourth quarter. In the final twelve minutes of regulation the Wizards only made 5 field goals in 16 attempts and had five turnovers.
“We turned the ball over. We got doubled and wouldn’t pass. Why? I don’t know. We miss free throws. Why does it happen? I don’t know why. The thing that is disturbing is when you do the same mistake over and over again when you are trying to close out a game. When a guy is doubled, you have to move the ball to an open guy. We did it against Joe Johnson and Deron Williams all night in isolations. That’s how you win a close game.”
While it is frustrating that the Wizards hit an offensive wall in the fourth quarter when they only scored 14 points, they made up for it on defense. The Nets only scored 15 points in the fourth quarter on 6 of 19 shooting.
Through three quarters of play the Wizards were on pace for their best shooting night of the season. The Wizards led 79-78 at the end of three quarters and were shooting 54 percent from the field.. The Wizards have had 13 double-digit deficits in the first quarter, but against the Nets led by as many as 12 in the opening 12 minutes.
“This was a tough one to swallow. I really felt like we had this game. It was anyone’s game at the end, but the confidence I have in my teammates I knew we would prevail. We had the game it was just a couple of moments here and there we lacked. That’s what ultimately put us in this situation. We have to take this one in, and continue to get better. Losing tough ones like this can be tough on a team. We are a strong group and have a really good bond; so we will bounce back.”
The Washington Wizards one-two schedule punch that started last night in Miami continues tonight at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder. In round one the Wizards ended up on the ropes in a 99-71 loss to the Heat.