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Morning tip: Wizards find blueprint to victory in a loss


Morning tip: Wizards find blueprint to victory in a loss

Bradley Beal isn't in the mood to hear about quality losses, especially since the Wizards dropped their 26th game of the season on Wednesday night to the Golden State Warriors 134-121.

But he gets the overall point. 

“I went right into the locker room and I said, ‘Guys, if we play like this, and put it on the floor, we're gonna be really good.’ That's all you can ask for as a coach," said Don Newman, who has filled in for Randy Wittman the last two games while he's on personal leave. 

Against the NBA's best scoring defense, the Wizards shot 46 of 91 (50.5%). They assisted on 26 of those makes. John Wall scored a season-high 41 points followed by Beal's 18. 

“I hate losing," Beal said. "We did play hard. If we play like that every game, we should be able to beat everybody. We just can't show up against Golden State because it's Golden State. We have to be able to carry this out throughout the rest of the year. It's do or die.” 

The Warriors (45-4) are on a historic pace. The problems the Wizards have had all season when it comes to focus and effort didn't appear to be the issue. They made adjustments on Curry to trap the ball out of his hands when he scored 36 of his 51 points in the first half. But they just ran into a buzzsaw.

"We played with a lot of energy. We competed. I think we understood ... if we don’t play well we’ll lose by 50 or 60," Wall said. "It’s something we talked about at shootaround. I think we just need to take the way we competed tonight and do that the rest of the season no matter who we play. We give ourselves a lot of chances to win games and our defensive coaches are right, we just need to make some big plays.”

The Wizards practice this morning and have a winnable game at home vs. the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday followed by a few more heading into the All-Star break. 

“I still feel like we could have beat them, just sitting there reminiscing about everything. We still have opportunities to win. We could have eliminated his threes but he had a lot of them, he had a lot of cherry picks, he had a lot of open ones," Beal said of Curry shooting 11 of 16 from three-point range. " Of course he's gonna knock it down. I think we could have done a better job of taking everybody else away.

"If he's gonna have that many points, there's no way everybody else should have 20 or anywhere in the teens. We have to do a better job of knowing our personnel, but you have to give credit where it's due. They're a great team."

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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: