It was an ugly win, but it’s a win nonetheless.
After a back and forth affair against the lowly Milwaukee Bucks at home, the Washington Wizards managed to sneak out with a 100-92 victory in overtime. Here are the Bullet Points:
- Let me get this out of the way before I get to the rest of the recap: The Milwaukee Bucks are absolutely terrible. Coming into the game the Bucks averaged about 18 turnovers per game and didn’t disappoint tonight with 22 turnovers in the contest. Besides O.J. Mayo, who broke out of his scoring slump with 21 points, the Bucks don’t have anyone on their roster who could put the ball into the basket. Washington countered Milwaukee’s 22 turnovers with 19 of their own. They have to do a better job of taking care of the ball on the road.
- Nene wasn’t particularly great today, but Marcin Gortat more than made up for his production. Gortat has been solid all season long, but the Wizards really took advantage of his size tonight. He finished the game with a game high 25 points and 8 rebounds. To make his performance even more impressive, Gortat missed just one of his twelve shot attempts from the field. Gortat hit multiple 15-foot jump shots, that really opened up the floor for Martell Webster. He’s always been a good pick-and-roll big man and he did a great job in executing with John Wall and Co. tonight. Let’s hope the Wizards use Gortat on the pick-and-roll more often, especially if they aren’t shooting well from the perimeter.
- Washington will inevitably have trouble making up for Bradley Beal’s scoring, but Webster has done a great job replacing him thus far. He scored 18 points to go along side 7 assists tonight. Webster knocked down a clutch 3 point shot from the corner while drawing a foul, but failed to convert the free throw. Even though John Wall is probably Washington’s primary option without Beal down the stretch, Webster has continuously knocked down clutch shots for the Wizards this season.
- John Wall came off three consecutive 30+ point performances heading into tonight’s game, but for whatever reason couldn’t get it going on the offensive side of the floor. Wall did hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter, but besides that John Wall didn’t have many notable plays offensively. I can’t remember a time tonight where Wall attacked the basket in the half court. He’s had bad lapses against teams below .500 in the past and it continued tonight.
- For the first time all season long, Washington’s bench managed to compete once the starters got some rest. Garrett Temple and Eric Maynor scored a combined 9 points and 8 assists off the bench. Jan Vesely continued to provide the energy and hustle needed from the reserves and Kevin Seraphin even got some playing time tonight. With that said, It’ll be nice to have Al Harrington back in the lineup to add some scoring. Having Otto Porter return soon wouldn’t hurt either.
Washington will be back at it this Friday night against the Pacers in Indiana.
It wasn’t the most pleasing game to watch, but it’s a win. The Wizards are currently 6th in the conference, so any win is a good win.