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Morning tip: Some of Wizards' bad habits persist

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Morning tip: Some of Wizards' bad habits persist

The truth is Friday's rout of the Philadelphia 76ers, even with John Wall getting his first triple-double in two years and fourth of his career on the heels of a season-high 41 points, is nothing to celebrate. The Wizards remain a sub.-500 team with a lot of work to do with the Charlotte Hornets tonight (CSN, CSNmidatlantic.com and NBC Sports Live Extra, 6:30 p.m. ET).

"It's just one game, a team that you should beat," said Jared Dudley, who had 13 points, four rebounds and four assists. "The Sixers have been struggling all year. It's some nice little home-cooking before you go to Charlotte. I think that we've established offensively the way we have to play and defensively, can you get enough rebounds? Can you get enough stops and can you keep your turnovers low enough to give yourself a chance to win every night?"

Wall had 18 points, a career-high 13 rebounds and 10 assists two nights after posting 41 points and 10 assists in a loss to the Golden State Warriors. He was 7 of 13 shooting, including 3 of 5 on three-pointers. 

Their 38 points in the first quarter were a season-high and they shot better than 50% from the field for the second game in a row. 

But the Wizards (22-26) have been known to play down to competition before, including against the Sixers who shocked them 89-81 for their sixth loss in a row at that point. And that came after a 20-point loss to the worst team in the West, the Minnesota Timberwolves.

It's a problem that has persisted with losses already this season and almost reared its ugly head in the fourth quarter. The Wizards led by as many as 25 points but the Sixers (7-43) cut the deficit to nine twice midway through. T.J. McConnell's jumper made the score 86-77 and a three-pointer from Nik Stauskas trimmed it back to 92-83.

Rather than resting, Wall (33 minutes) and Bradley Beal (32) played until the game was almost over. 

"We relaxed again a little too much, and that's something this team needs to work on," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "It's one that we've had problems with most of the year. What, we were 25 up and they got it to eight, nine? We turned it over 10 times in the third quarter."

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Warriors will visit D.C. kids instead of White House when they play Wizards

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Warriors will visit D.C. kids instead of White House when they play Wizards

Instead of visiting the White House when they come to Washington this week to play the Wizards, the defending-champion Golden State Warriors plan to hold an event with D.C.-area kids.

Their invitation was rescinded by president Donald Trump following a back-and-forth between the two sides last year. After the Warriors won the title, they openly questioned whether they should follow the tradition given many of the players and coaches disagree with his policies. Trump took the opportunity away before they came to a final decision.

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The Warriors' event will be closed off to the media and held at an undisclosed location. It is set for Tuesday, the day before they play the Wizards at Capital One Arena. The Warriors had the option of holding a ceremony with other politicians in the Democratic party, but decided that would send the wrong message. 

"It's their championship. They got disinvited to the White House, so it's up to them what they wanted to do. So they made their plans," coach Steve Kerr said. "I want the players to have a good day and to do something positive and to enjoy what they're doing."

The Warriors are the first NBA team to make this choice since Trump was elected president. Last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers held their celebration with president Barack Obama in November. They did so just days after Trump was elected and LeBron James questioned at the time whether he would visit the White House with Trump in office.

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Sports teams visiting the White House goes back to the mid-1800s. The first World Series title team to visit was the 1924 Washington Senators. By the 1960s, NBA teams were going and by the 1980s NFL and NHL teams made it a tradition.

Entire teams snubbing the White House is unusual, but many players have turned down the opportunity. In the NBA, some famous cases include Larry Bird in 1984 and Michael Jordan in 1991, according to Rolling Stone.

Perhaps the Warriors start a trend, or maybe it will be a one-off thing. Regardless, the alternative they chose is a respectable one. 

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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:

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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:

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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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