Feb 12, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) loses control of the ball during the second quarter as Houston Rockets point guard Aaron Brooks (0) defends at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Wizards at Rockets final score: Wizards robbed in Houston, 113-112


The Wizards shot 16 free throws tonight. The Rockets? 47.

Let that sink in for a moment.

After Trevor Ariza brought the Wizards back from a double-digit deficit in the third quarter, knocking down 7 of his 7 three point shots in that quarter, it looked like Washington was going to complete the comeback. Ariza scored 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and single handedly kept the Wizards in the game. In fact, he set the franchise record for most made 3-point shots and became just the 2nd NBA player in history to make 10 threes and grab 10 rebounds. That’s truly amazing, especially when considering that he made more 3-point shots in a quarter tonight than he did in his first two seasons combined.

John Wall struggled from the field tonight, but he did finish the game with 19 points and 14 assists. He made two crucial free throws with just seconds remaining in the game to give Washington the lead, but that would all become meaningless in just moments. Despite Wall’s heroics down the stretch, Trevor Ariza got called for a foul off the ball, giving James Harden a chance to make a free throw and an extra possession. Needless to say, the referees certainly could’ve went without calling the foul, especially since their were just 4 seconds remaining in the game. Harden, of course, went on to make a game winning uncontested layup. Seraphin missed a turnaround jumpers to win the game in .7 seconds. I’ve honestly never seen that sequence occur in the NBA before tonight. Harden shot just as many free throws than the entire Wizards team did tonight. Granted, Washington settled for plenty of jump shots tonight, but the way Harden exaggerates contact is just disgusting.

It’s tough to focus on the other aspects of the game, including Nene’s offensive contributions, since it was completely tarnished by the ending, at least from the Wizards perspective.

Washington should’ve won tonight, and they should’ve been heading into the All-Star break at .500, but they’ll be 2 games below the mark after tonight’s loss. I don’t want to sound like the game was completely ruined by the sporadically poor officiating, because it wasn’t. Trevor Ariza played out of his mind tonight, and without his ridiculous third quarter explosion the Wizards would’ve probably lost by double-digits.

It was definitely a heart breaking loss for the Wizards. Maybe this will help the Wizards focus more in future contests, helping them instill a sense of urgency right out of the gate, but maybe it won’t. Heart breaking losses happen from time to time, but I’ve never seen anything like tonight.

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  • Htown Bob

    Horrible, homerish article. Tsk Tsk Tsk.

    • Ben Mehic

      Hey Bob,

      I’m sorry if the recap came off as a bit “homerish”, but you have to understand the other perspective as well. I did credit Houston and I did mention that Washington probably would’ve lost by double-digits had Trevor Ariza not made 7 threes in the third quarter.

      I do appreciate your feedback though!
      -Ben

  • michael

    You lost because your team is the weaker of the two. Just be thankful it wasnt 20..cry much?

    • Ben Mehic

      Thanks for the feedback, Michael!
      I do think that the difference in talent played a part in the loss, but so did the lopsided officiating. 30 FT differential is ridiculous, and I think we could agree on that.

      Thanks for the comment!
      -Ben

    • DiamondJoe

      Tell that to Phil Jackson.

      No, Michael. We lost because your shooting guard is an outrageously disgraceful cheat, with ample video evidence from this game & various others to prove it.

      And even despite the obvious 31 free throw “differential” – had we lost due to well-executed plays at the end of that game, rather than because you had Dick Bavetta in your pocket, this result would still have been accepted by us without significant rancour.

      DC supporters won’t cop such blatant fraud. I dare say we should’ve seen it coming though. Losing by criminality in the home of Enron seems predictable enough.

      Of course, chances are you’ll go out with minimal impact in the playoffs not because of ability, but also by free throws gifted to an opposition with more “star power”, much like this loss of ours at Fifth Amendment… I mean, Toyota Stadium. Could be against any of three teams in the West, but the Clippers would be especially funny. Bet you’ll be singing a different tune then.

      • DiamondJoe

        Incidentally, I love how the Baseball-Statistics site, in its page about Enron Field, describes it as a “highly offensive ballpark”. Couldn’t be more apt ;)

  • David Heflin

    As a Rocket’s fan, I’m sure it is hard to stomach that kind of free throw discrepency. It isn’t usually as lopsided as this game, but it is almost always favors the Rockets. Harden does draw a lot of contact, but as you say he exaggerates it too. It is a craft of his and I’m sure very annoying to other opponents and fan bases. Howard obviously also gets fouled a lot too. I live out of the Houston television market, so I didn’t see the game–just the highlights. I found your title to be more “whiny” (sorry…lack of better word) than the tone of your actual article. In any case, it is good to see the Wizards are no longer the pushovers they used to be.

    • Ben Mehic

      Thanks for the comment, David.

      I’m usually not the one to complain about whistles, or lack thereof, but the HOU/WAS game was horribly officiated. Of course, if I’m a Rockets fan, I’d enjoy the exaggerated contact and constant flopping from their perspective.