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Takeaways from a much-needed Wizards' blowout win vs. Celtics

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Takeaways from a much-needed Wizards' blowout win vs. Celtics

Though they made it closer than it probably should’ve been, the Wizards accomplished something Wednesday that they didn’t all of last season – beat the Boston Celtics.

Otto Porter set a career-high with 34 points on 14-for-19 shooting, 14 rebounds, four assists and three steals to lead all scorers. John Wall (19 points, seven assists) and Marcus Thornton (16 points, four assists, three steals).

The Wizards (2-5) had a 13-0 edge in second-chance points after the first quarter alone when they led 34-8 but had it whittled to 58-43 by halftime.

Unlike other leads that they’ve blown to start the season, they put this one away after the Celtics cut the deficit to 15 on the hot hand of Marcus Smart (20 points), who 4 of 6 three-pointers in the third.

Porter opened the fourth with six points to establish his career high.

The Wizards’ two wins have come against opponents they’ve traditionally had trouble beating. The other was the Atlanta Hawks.

  • Porter doesn’t need a lot of plays run for him as he creates so much of his own offense simply by moving off ball. In this one, he flourished while on the court playing as the stretch four in a three-guard lineup as he had earlier in the season. Kelly Olynyk, playing his first game of the season, and Jonas Jerebko couldn't keep up. Porter’s previous career high (28) was scored last season at the Dallas Mavericks when he played as the stretch four for a shorthanded Wizards lineup because of injuries.
     
  • Wall, clearly feeling as if Smart dealt him a cheap shot in the fourth, returned the favor and was ejected for the second game in a row. Officials reviewed the play and determined it was a Flagrant 2, deemed "unnecessary and excessive contact committed by a player against an opponent." Wall is losing his cool with the no-calls and it's not just costing him in the wallet but it could cost the Wizards. Fortunately for them, this game was a blowout.
     
  • Beal (three points) only played seven minutes in the first half and didn’t score on four shots. He left with a hamstring injury and only played a total of 11. Thornton played an uncharacteristic 17 of 24 minutes in the first half and ended at 34. Tomas Satoransky (four points, four assists) played 32 minutes as well and Andrew Nicholson returned in a limited role (five minutes, no points) after not playing in the previous game vs. Houston.
     
  • The Wizards defended Isaiah Thomas (23 points) well on screen-roll action and dribble handoffs to keep him out of the lane and from creating havoc. Wall played good position defense and the help from Marcin Gortat (13 pointts, nine rebounds) in the paint was there. He had minimal impact when the game was close.
     
  • Trey Burke (18 points) had his best game of the season 7 of 9 shooting and it likely has to do with Satoransky's presence. With the 6-7 combo guard able to handle the running of the offense, inject pace in transition and it allows Burke to play off the ball more freely so he'll get the open looks.Burke looks better with two other ball-handlers on the floor regardless of position.

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Wizards vs. Hornets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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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:

WASHINGTON WIZARDS VS. CHARLOTTE HORNETS

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.

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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