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Wizards Close Out Preseason on High Note

October 24, 2013
The Wizards outscored the Cavs 60-29 in the second half to go on to win 101-82 on Wednesday night in Cincinnati. 

The discrepancy between halves was not quite as drastic as Tuesday night in Detroit, but for the second night in a row the Wizards came out of the halftime locker room with a purpose and this time it resulted in a blowout win over the Cavs. 

After being down by 12 at the end of both the first and second quarters, to end up winning 101-82 was a testament to the hard work put in the second half. 

Randy Wittman took notice:

"...but in the second half, as I tried to tell them, when you come out with that type of energy on both ends of the floor like we did in the second half, it just feeds over into your offense. It's got to be a grind when you're going through no energy. You've got to play offensively that way. Both last night and tonight, they came out and responded but we've got to figure it out for two halves."

Figuring it out for two halves will be what the Wizards need to figure out as they now have a week until the regular season starts.  The season opener will be played next Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. 

One guy who has seemed to have already figured it out here in the preseason is Bradley Beal.  He once again was a force on the offensive end, scoring 21 points on 9/16 shooting in 32 minutes of action.  From what we've seen in the preseason, he looks poised to break out and have a monster sophomore season. 

It wasn't just Beal tonight, as Trevor Ariza snapped out of his shooting slump to knock down five three pointers and finish the night with 19 points.  Al Harrington, who has played well throughout the preseason, really took his game to the next level showing just how valuable he could be for this Wizards team in 2013-14.  He finished the game with 17 points and 7 boards, but it was his all-around game that had everyone raving after the game.  

Harrington on he and Ariza hitting shots:

"It's funny because we (Ariza) were up last night til about six in the morning just talking about preseason and how we haven't made any shots. We needed to get extra shots up and we came out tonight and made shots. That's just how the game is sometimes. If you don't keep putting that work in, push everybody in the gym to get extra shots up because that's the only way you're going to win at the end of the day. You can only play so much defense but you got to make shots."

Trevor Booker put in another solid effort in the starting PF role, finishing with 10 points and 7 boards.  John Wall was held to just 3 points and 4 assists, which makes the final score even more impressive and showed a real team effort. 

The team finished with 29 assists and just 13 turnovers, which will be something Wittman will want to carry over into the regular season. 

Martell Webster was a late scratch with a left ankle injury which sounded to be more precautionary.  Otto Porter (hip), Chris Singleton (foot), and Emeka Okafor (neck) all missed the entire preseason.  Updates on their statuses are expected soon.

Unrelated to the game but necessary to mention was this fan's beard, who our own Casey Phillips captured in Cincinnati: