Final Score: Wizards 104 Jazz 91
Another night, another win. The Wizards made it seven out of eight with a 104-91 victory over the Utah Jazz.
Trevor Ariza proved once again that he is one of the hottest players in the NBA right now as he led Washington with 26 points on 9-14 shooting from the field and 4-6 from deep. Bradley Beal chipped in 22 on 9/19 shooting while John Wall added 14 points and 10 assists for his 23rd double-double of the season. Marcin Gortat barely missed a double-double of his own, scoring 16 points and bringing down nine rebounds.
Washington held Utah to only 44.9 percent shooting, while hitting 54.3 percent of their shots from the floor.
The backup bigs showed up in a big way for Washington as Al Harrington threw down a thunderous dunk in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach for two of his eight points, and recently acquired Drew Gooden scoring 12 points, the first time he has reached double digits since 2012.
While the final score only notes a 13 point victory, the Wizards controlled this game throughout. The last lead that the Jazz held came at the 10:03 mark in the first quarter.
The Wizards will now head out on the road, next playing the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, March 8th. Tipoff is set for 9:00. - Jack Persons
Looking to bounce back from a tough loss on Monday, the Wizards have started off strong in the first half, leading the Jazz, 54-44.
Trevor Ariza has proven himself to be an X-factor once again tonight, as he leads all scorers with 14 points. Bradley Beal posted 12 points and four rebounds, and John Wall added six points and four assists, highlighted by a breakaway reverse slam dunk to end the first half.
Trey Burke leads the Jazz with 10 points, and Enes Kanter has seven points and six rebounds.
The Wizards have forced the Jazz into seven turnovers so far tonight, including two bad passes by Gordon Hayward and Diante Garrett that spurred a 8-0 Wiz run in the middle of the second quarter.
Washington has done almost everything right, shooting 54.8 percent from the field and leading Utah in every category except rebounding. To turn this contest into a blowout though, the Wizards need to stop the Jazz from making second chance opportunities out of offensive rebounds.- Jack Persons
We just heard from Randy Wittman, who confirmed what he said yesterday on Martell Webster and Kevin Seraphin. Webster is still a gametime decision, whike Seraphin will be held out for the fifth straight game.
Witt also spoke about a "big, skilled" Utah team that the Wizards need to be prepared for. All he has to do is show the team the tape from their January 25th game in Utah to prove that point. The Wizards fell, 104-101 in that and let Enes Kanter go off for 24 points off the bench. Kanter went for a career-high 27 on Monday night in Milwaukee and also pulled down a season-high 14 boards, so there's no question the Wizards will need to pay attention to the former #3 pick when he comes off the bench tonight.
The Wizards have scored over 100 points in four straight games, but have also allowed over 100 points in those four. One of the reasons has been a faster paced game, but they also have had a few defensive lapses which is in part due to a lack of size inside. They have used some smaller lineups, with "stretch 4's", which can make them more dangerous offensively, but also more susceptible on the defensive end.
The Wiz look to start a new streak tonight before hitting the road for a two-game swing in Milwaukee and Miami.
We'll be live chatting beginning at 7pm.
It's a #WizWednesday at Verizon Center with the Wizards on hand hosting the visiting Utah Jazz.
First the health updates.... Kevin Seraphin (knee) and Martell Webster (back) were both absent at morning shootaround. After practice yesterday, Randy Wittman told us that Seraphin will be out again, but Webster has a chance to play tonight. Missing shootaround is not a good sign, but for a veteran like Webster, if he feels good at 7pm tonight, I'd expect him to be out there. If he can't get his back loose, he won't jeopardize anything tonight and will likely sit out again. It will truly be a gametime decision.
If Seraphin and Webster both can't go, expect to see more of what we saw on Monday night. Otto Porter stepped into Webster's role and hit his first two 3-pointers of his NBA career. Al Harrington, Chris Singleton, and Drew Gooden all combined to log minutes off the bench, changing the look on the Wizards second unit as they filled in on a thin Wizards' front line.
Casey Phillips spoke with Marcin Gortat at shootaround this morning to talk about the matchups inside, including the Jazz' Enes Kanter, who scored a career-high 27 points on Monday night and went for 24 in the last #WizJazz game:
The Wizards had their six-game winning streak come to an end with a loss to the Grizzlies on Monday, but will look to start a new streak tonight against a Jazz team that has lost three in a row. The Jazz are just 7-23 away from home, which is the worst road record in the Western Conference. They did however beat the Wizards in Utah at the end of January, something that Bradley Beal remembers and want's redemption for.
Check back for more after Randy Wittman's pregame media availability at 5:30.