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5 must-see moments from Wizards' loss to Toronto Raptors

5 must-see moments from Wizards' loss to Toronto Raptors

Here are five plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 114-106 loss to the Toronto Raptors at the Verizon Center on Friday night that are worth revisiting...

1. The Wizards and Raptors haven't developed much bad blood despite meeting in the playoffs two years ago and being so close to each other in the Eastern Conference. But you wouldn't know that by this sequence that saw Markieff Morris and Serge Ibaka mix it up.

Morris and Ibaka got tangled during a John Wall free throw and then had some words for each other:

Who would you take in a fight? I'll go with Keef.

2. Bradley Beal caught fire in the second quarter with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting. Two of his made shots can be seen in this highlight here. Beal hit a three and caught a long pass from Wall for a layup all within a short span:

Beal finished with 27 points and a season-high seven rebounds.

3. Here's another Wall-to-Beal connection. Wall found Beal for an alley-oop in a halfcourt set:

4. This was Wall's best play of the night. He blocked Cory Joseph and had to adjust mid-air to do so:

5. Back to Morris. He ended up having the best dunk of the game, a two-handed slam that put Patrick Patterson on a poster:

The Wizards fell short in their comeback attempt after at one point trailing by 19 points and because of that the Raptors took the season series 2-1. They now hold the tiebreaker if the two finish with the same regular season record.

That's not good, but here's a pretty solid tweet from our @CSNWizards account:

See you Sunday, Wizards fans.

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Wizards vs. Hornets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch


Wizards vs. Hornets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:


Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

On a roll

The Wizards have some serious momentum going right now. With an impressive win over the Cavs on Thursday, they have now won three straight games and eight of 10 since John Wall went down with a left knee injury. They had a week off due to the All-Star break, but didn't show any rust at all in their first game back.

The Wizards are now 34-24, 10 games above the .500 mark. They are fourth in the East and could move into third on Friday if they win and the Cavaliers lose. Even with Wall out, things continue to look up for Washington.


Hornets have had their number

The Wizards haven't done so well against the Hornets so far this season. Charlotte has taken both meetings and that includes a 24-point win on Jan. 17. That game featured Dwight Howard taunting the Wizards late in the fourth quarter.

Howard has killed the Wizards through two games with averages of 22.0 points and 14.0 rebounds. Jeremy Lamb (20.0 ppg vs. Wizards) has been a big factor as well as All-Star Kemba Walker (21.5 ppg vs. Wizards).

The last time these teams played about a month ago frustrations boiled over in an incident that got Tim Frazier ejected. Michael Carter-Williams picked a fight with Jason Smith and Frazier went off:


Hornets coming in hot

The Hornets are outside the playoff picture at the moment at eight games below .500, but they have won two straight games and Walker and Howard are coming off huge games. In a win over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, Walker dropped 31 points and Howard grabbed 24 rebounds.

Those guys will be riding a high coming into Washington on Friday. But it should be noted that Howard complained after the game how tired he is at this point in the season. That exhausion could affect him more in the second game of a back-to-back.



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5 must-see moments from Wizards' huge road win over Cavaliers, including Markieff Morris' alley-oop

5 must-see moments from Wizards' huge road win over Cavaliers, including Markieff Morris' alley-oop

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 110-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night...

1. The Wizards didn't start out well, as they trailed by nine points at the end of the first quarter. Kelly Oubre, Jr. stumbled early by missing four of his first six shots and it looked like a carryover of his slump before the All-Star break.

But Oubre got hot in the second quarter and helped the Wizards turn the game around. This was one of his best plays, a two-handed slam that he celebrated with an emphatic scream to the crowd:


2. Tomas Satoransky was one of the stars of the game. He had 17 points to go along with eight assists, four rebounds and two steals. 

Here's one of his dimes, a perfect alley-oop lob to Markieff Morris, who finished with nine points and eight rebounds:

3. Satoransky has reached double-figures in six of the 10 games since John Wall went out with an injury. This was a very impressive move, a stepback fadeaway that was super smooth:


4. Ian Mahinmi made some key contributions including four offensive rebounds and a steal. This was his best basket, a powerful slam that came at a key time:

5. This play helped seal the victory. It was a smart after-timeout set drawn up by head coach Scott Brooks and it worked to perfection: