Even without the likes of Bradley Beal, who had a key role in the Wizards' win a month go when they beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, offense couldn't be pointed to as the issue in Wednesday's loss.
Garrett Temple (21 points) had the fourth game of 20-plus in less than a month, leading six players in double-figures; the Wizards had 14 three-point shots to tie a season-high for makes (58.3%) and a 22-5 edge in fast-break points; and had 31 assists on 42 field goals.
“We did a bad job of knowing personnel and certain spots of where we wanted to shoot the ball," said Jared Dudley, echoing a sentiment he mentioned after the Wizards lost by 17 to the L.A. Clippers. "I thought we scored enough to win the game. ... Overall not enough stop to win."
In that Dec. 28 game, Jamal Crawford came off the bench to score 21 points on 9 of 12 shooting. The Wizards (15-18) wanted Luc Mbah a Moute to take those shots for the Clippers.
Wednesday, J.R. Smith had 25 points on 10 of 16 shooting, including 5 of 10 on three-pointers. Iman Shumpert taking some of those would've been preferred.
"J.R. Smith hit a couple big ones, a couple at the buzzer," said Wizards coach Randy Wittman of his shot-clock beating jumpers. "There is a small margin of error against teams like this. ... From a defensive standpoint, we can’t try to outscore somebody like this.”