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Fast break: Wizards' season ends again with Game 6 loss at home


Fast break: Wizards' season ends again with Game 6 loss at home

All of the energy and focus the Wizards vowed they'd have coming into Game 6, desperate to stay alive and force a decisive Game 7, was absent from the starters for three-plus quarters.

Paul Pierce's three-pointer at the buzzer, initially called good as he fell out of bounds over the contest of Kyle Korver, was waved off on review and left the sellout crowd of 20,356 stunned.

John Wall played for the second game in a row with five fractures in his left wrist to get 20 points, 13 assists and six rebounds as the Wizards lost for the second year in a row in the East semifinals with a 94-91 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. They've now lost seven times in a row, dating to 1997, in Game 6s at home when facing elimination.

Atlanta advanced to the conference finals for the first time where they'll meet the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Bradley Beal had a game-high 29 points and Kevin Seraphin came off the bench for career-playoff high 13 points. But that was the extent of it. Nene (five points), Pierce (four) and Marcin Gortat (two) were mostly non-factors.

Nene did have a team-high 11 rebounds as the Wizards were able to reverse a troubling trend to start the game where they were getting beaten to every loose ball. 

But DeMarre Carroll had a team-high 25 points, including two layups in the final 60 seconds, for the Hawks. Jeff Teague had 20 points and seven assists. Paul Millsap contributed 20 points and 13 rebounds.

TURNING POINT: With the score tied at 39, the Wizards allowed a pair of layups and a five-foot shot from Dennis Schroder for a 6-0 run entering halftime. Al Horford and Carroll (twice) got to the rim for chip shots to open the third quarter for a double-digit lead that sustained the Hawks until late. The teams traded leads in the final minutes, but the Wizards missed 3 of 4 foul shots.

NUMBERS GAME: The Wizards shot just 34-for-93 from the field, 36.6%, and only made 4 of 18 three-pointers, 22.2%, had a 55-47 edge in rebounds and three fewer turnovers with 12.

LOST AND FOUND: Seraphin had been mostly invisible until tonight. The backup center hadn't played in the previous three games, but he scored six of his eight first-half points in the second quarter and solid individual and help defense steadied the Wizards when they were in danger of falling behind early. Seraphin missed his first shot but had a one-hand floater to end the first quarter that trickled in for a 20-19 lead. He made 4 of 8 shots in the first half and was the first big subbed in in the second half for Gortat. 

DUBIOUS OVATIONS: The crowd was so disgusted the Wizards' lack of rebounding that they cheered when Gortat and Nene went to the bench. Teague missed a runner, fell down and as Nene sealed the defenders from the ball, none of his four teammates attacked the ball. The result was Teague regained his feet, got the ball back and scored. 

WORKMAN-LIKE: Otto Porter hasn't been as efficient on the offensive end, but his hustle has sustained him. He shot 50% from the field in his first seven playoff games. Even though he was just 3-for-13 in Game 5, he had 10 rebounds because of his activity around the rim. It was similar tonight as he was the spark with Seraphin off the bench. Porter's transition dunk to trim the Wizards' deficit to 64-57 with 4:18 forced a timeout by Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer. Chants of Porter's name took over the arena. He was only 3 of 9 but had seven points and eight rebounds. 

DOGHOUSE: Gortat wrote on his official Facebook page earlier in the day this from the fantasy war movie 300:  "Ready our breakfast and eat hearty, for tonight we dine in Hell!" Gortat was just 1-for-4 in 12 minutes for two points and three rebounds, his lowest output of the postseason. 

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 122-105 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night...

1. This was a tough one for the Wizards. For the third time this season, they got beaten by the Hornets and for the second straight time it was in a blowout.

They still had their moments, though, including this alley-oop from Tomas Satoransky (11 points) to Markieff Morris (13 points, eight assists, six rebounds). It was the second alley-oop connection for those two in as many games:


2. This was a play that encapsulated the Wizards' night. Jodie Meeks drew a flagrant foul on Michael Carter-Williams, but took a hard shot to the head:

3. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had a solid game with 11 points, including this big dunk:


4. Speaking of Oubre, he helped the Wizards close the first half with a late surge. The real highlight was Bradley Beal stealing the ball and hitting a corner three at the buzzer:

5. Beal ended up with 33 points, six assists and six rebounds. Here's an and-1 he got to go down in the second half:

All in all, it was an ugly performance for the Wizards. To cheer you up, we'll leave you with this young fan who had a great time at Capital One Arena despite the result:



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Wizards suffer lopsided loss against Hornets, who have had their number this season

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Wizards suffer lopsided loss against Hornets, who have had their number this season

The Washington Wizards lost to the Charlotte Hornets 122-105 on Friday night. Here's analysis of what went down...

Bad matchup: Despite their poor record, there is something about this Charlotte Hornets team that gives the Wizards trouble. The Wizards lost to the Hornets (26-33) for the third time in three tries this season on Friday night and, aside from a push in the third quarter, they were never really in it.

All in all, it was a dud of a game for the Wizards who were probably due for one. They had won three straight games and eight of 10 since John Wall got injured. They were also coming off a huge road win the night before in Cleveland, a game that started an hour later than usual.

It was a tough turnaround and the Wizards sure looked like it. It was evident in their defense and unforced errors. They did, however, have a decent shooting night. They shot 49.4 percent from the field 16-for-17 from the free throw line.

The Wizards' second unit didn't provide a lift outside of Kelly Oubre, Jr. (11 points). Mike Scott, one of their best bench options, was held scoreless.


Ugly first half: The Wizards only trailed by 12 points at halftime, but that score was skewed by a five-point push in the final seconds. The Hornets dominated for much of the first two quarters and did so by hitting threes and forcing turnovers. Those mistakes dug the Wizards a hole they never recovered from.

The Wizards had 10 turnovers in the first half, the same amount they had in their entire game the night before. Limiting mistakes was a big reason they beat the Cavaliers, yet the script was flipped by Charlotte.

The Hornets capitalized with 23 points off those 10 first-half turnovers. The Wizards had 14 giveaways for the games that led to 28 total points. 

Charlotte was 7-for-11 from three at one point in the first half and finished 17-for-39 (43.6%) for the game. That is very uncharacteristic for the Wizards, who entered the night second in the NBA in opponents three-point percentage.

Again, though, the first half ended well as Oubre and Bradley Beal gave the Wizards a jolt in the final seconds:


Bad defense: The Wizards have played some great defense in recent weeks, but they just didn't have it on Friday night. Most surprising were the guys that hurt them most.

Dwight Howard was limited to 11 points and six rebounds and Kemba Walker didn't score his first points until the final minute of the first half. But others like Frank Kaminsky (23 points), Marvin Williams (15 points) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14 points) got pretty much anything they wanted.

For Walker, it was a tale of two halves. He was held in check by Tomas Satoransky in the first half, but broke out in the third quarter and finished with 24 points and seven rebounds. Maybe it was tired legs on the Wizards' part, but Walker just kept dribbling until he got space and once he did, he knocked down shots.

Much like Kyle Lowry did a few weeks ago, Walker made adjustments to find success against Satoransky. We haven't seen that happen much since Wall went out, but those two have given him some trouble. Both guys are considerably smaller than Satoransky and very quick. Maybe there's something to that.

Add it all up and this was one of the worst defensive games of the season for the Wizards. They allowed their most points in a game since Jan. 17 against, you guessed it, the Hornets. Only three times this year have they given up more than what they allowed on Friday.

No Sessions: The Wizards did not debut their newest player on Friday night, which was probably to be expected given Ramon Sessions has not had any practice time yet. That is part of why he didn't play, but it's also another indication that he is unlikely to play much with the Wizards. Sessions is on a 10-day contract and is not expected to supplant either Satoransky or Tim Frazier at point guard. Frazier would seem to be the guy in danger of losing minutes, but it was business as usual for him against the Hornets.

Up next: The Wizards are off Saturday before returning to action at home against the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.