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John Wall fumes over missed call in Wizards' loss


John Wall fumes over missed call in Wizards' loss

After Otto Porter's slash through the lane for a dunk -- courtesy of a great read by Jared Dudley who passed up his own three-pointer for the easy bucket on a bounce pass -- pulled the Wizards to 111-110 of the New York Knicks, optimism about another close victory turned to despair, causing John Wall to launch into a tirade because what appeared to be a blown call by game official Kevin Scott.

Lance Thomas inbounded the ball to Langston Galloway, but Wall came from behind for the strip to knock the ball off his right knee. Galloway went to the floor to recover it on the baseline, in front of Scott who granted him a 20-second timeout with 21.5 seconds left. But Porter had converged on him with Wall, and as Galloway goes down, the ball slips from under his right arm. He didn't have control at that point and at worst it probably should've been a jump ball. The fingertips on his left hand might've even touched out of bounds (not clear on replay).

It probably was difficult for Scott to tell in a real-time scramble. There was a lot of havoc. But when the timeout is granted, what's obvious is that Galloway's outstretched right foot out is clearly out of bounds. If called, that would've resulted in the Wizards' ball and a chance to take the lead.

Wall's outburst about the no-call could've resulted in a technical foul as he yelled to another official, Gary Zielinski as he walked to his own bench. Wall said he was told by officials that the play was not reviewable by the NBA's Replay Center in Secaucus, N.J.

The Knicks closed out the game with six made free throws for a 117-110 victory to ruin the Wizards' home opener.

"It was terrible," Wall said of the result of the play. "I smacked it off his leg and then his hand was out of bounds as he was trying to grab the ball. Then, the ball was on his back. He didn't have it in his arms and they just went on and called a timeout."

When games are within five points in the last two minutes, the NBA will release a report on how it was called down the stretch by 5 p.m. ET the next day. It'll list correct calls and incorrect calls. Also, it will point out missed calls as it did in the Wizards' first game at the Orlando Magic, an 88-87 victory. The league determined Nikola Vucevic, on the game's final shot, traveled first and the attempt should've been waved off. Luckily for the Wizards, he missed.

The report, however, doesn't change the result of the game. 

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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: