The Wizards gave up 39 points in the fourth quarter on Wednesday to the Mavericks despite 69 points from John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Bojan Bogdanovic. Some notes from only the Wizards' fourth loss at home since December 6.
Wall exits briefly, returns with 44th double-double of season
John Wall went to the locker room with 1:36 left in the second quarter with a sprained left foot. He would return after the half, and after the game said his foot is sore. In the second half, he scored 19 of his 26 points and ended up with 11 assists in the game to record his 44th double-double of the season. Wall led an improbable comeback late in the final minute of the game as well, hitting five straight shots and drawing fouls. He also recorded his 200th career 20-point game, which was his 41st of the season, tying last year's total.
Dallas catches fire in fourth quarter
The Mavericks hit 11 of their 20 shots, including 7/12 from beyond the arc, and made 10 of 14 free throws to score 39 points to the Wizards' 27 in the fourth quarter. Washington could not stop Dallas on defensive switches and turned the ball over seven times for 12 points in the quarter. Dirk Nowitzki and Seth Curry each scored 10 points in the fourth quarter and hit big shots to give the Mavericks the edge down the stretch. Considering the Wizards had led most of the game heading into the fourth quarter, the Mavs' offensive explosion was tough to keep up with and forced the Wizards to take some tough shots.
Beal, Bogdanovic, Porter rebound from tough game
Last time out at Minnesota, Bradley Beal, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Otto Porter Jr. really struggled shooting the ball, but on Wednesday, shots were falling.
Beal, had 12 of his 24 points in the first quarter, which was the Wizards' second-highest scoring quarter of the season. Despite starting the game 6/10 from the field, Beal finished the game 3/10 and struggled to hit some tough shots.
Bogdanovic had quite the efficient game, shooting 3/4 from beyond the arc and making his lone two-point attempt. He would also hit eight of nine free throw attempts and ended the game with 19 points, and gave the Wizards a necessary boost off the bench.
Porter had one of his best all-around games this season, scoring 14 points on 6/9 shooting with 10 rebounds and five assists. It was his 12th double-double of the season.
Friday, 3/17 vs. Bulls (7:00pm)
Wizards – Sheldon McClellan, Chris McCullough
Timberwolves – A.J. Hammons, Wesley Matthews
Shooting %: 48.8% (40/82)
3-point %: 40.0% (12/30)
FT %: 71.4% (15/21)
Rebounds: 42 (5 OREB)
Shooting %: 50.6% (40/79)
3-point %: 43.8% (14/32)
FT %: 72.0% (18/25)
Rebounds: 40 (5 OREB)