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Takeaways from Wizards' win over Knicks to extend home streak to 15

Takeaways from Wizards' win over Knicks to extend home streak to 15

The most unattractive of home wins came against one of the lesser teams the Wizards have played recently, but they still made it 15 in a row at Verizon Center following Tuesday’s 117-101 triumph.

A 16-2 run out of halftime essentially put the game away for the Wizards who matched the longest home win streak since 1989 -- second longest in franchise history -- when they played at Capital Centre. After committing nine first-half turnovers, they only had three in the second.

John Wall posted his 28th double-double (15 points, 13 assists, four rebounds) as all starters scored in double figures for the 17th time this season: Bradley Beal (28 points), Markieff Morris (24 points, 10 rebounds), Marcin Gortat (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Otto Porter (10 points,six rebounds). It’s Gortat’s 27th double-double. Kelly Oubre (14 points) was the high scorer off the bench.

Carmelo Anthony (26 points) led the Knicks but he did most of his damage in the first half when he had 17 by making 7 of 11 shots. That was the extent of New York’s offense which was bogged down with 1 vs. 1 play as Brandon Jennings (21 points) contributed in monopolizing the ball. He was 5-for-16 shooting.

The Knicks (21-29) emptied their bench by 4:42 down 108-89 as they weren’t able to be competitive for long. The last time these teams met, it came down to a final possession on Jan. 19 won by Washington 113-110. They’ve won all three meetings to win the season series.

The Wizards (28-20) are 12-4 in January, tying the Golden State Warriors for the most wins in the new year.

-- Porter used an exercise bike in the first half when he left the game and appeared to favor his right hip that has flared up several times this season. He was 0-for-2 in the first half, didn’t score and had difficulty fighting Anthony for real estate. Porter had a right hip strain last year that knocked him out of action and delayed his rookie season debut in 2013. He didn’t make a three for the first time since Jan. 14.

-- The Knicks aren’t a good defensive team but the Wizards’ first-half turnovers allowed them to stay in it. They only shot 4-for-15 from three-point range which prevented them from going on too big of a spurt but the Knicks did lead by as many as eight points. Courtney Lee, who shoots 42% from three for the season, hasn’t fared well in the three meetings. Combined, he’s 6-for-25 overall shooting in the three games and 2-for-9 from three. The Knicks finished 5-for-24 from three for the game, or 20.8%.

-- Although the Wizards have gone away from relying on pick-and-rolls too much to start offensive sets, the Knicks were so bad at it Gortat got free runs to the front of the rim which is why he was 7-for-7. They also were bad on help rotations when fronting the post. The guard nor the bigs covered well which is why the Wizards shot 55.7% from the field. In 2017, Gortat is 83-for-132, or 63%, in 16 games. 

-- Morris three-pointer broke the 100-point mark for the Wizards with eight minutes left in the fourth. That’s 15 games in a row overall in which they’ve scored 100 or more points. They’ve also scored at least 55 points in the first half in 11 consecutive games.

-- Joakim Noah, started in the middle for the Knicks but he finished with 0 points in 15 minutes and just four rebounds. Noah was signed as a free agent for $26 million a year. 

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Bradley Beal sees Phil Chenier's jersey retirement as something to strive for

Bradley Beal sees Phil Chenier's jersey retirement as something to strive for

The relationship between Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal and Bullets legend Phil Chenier goes beyond your average friendship between a current and former player, or a current player and team broadcaster. Beal and Chenier are close to the point Chenier often offers advice as a fellow shooting guard who helped lead the organization to some of their most important accomplishments.

Beal is always open ears when Chenier is talking and took great honor in being the one to tell Chenier personally that his jersey would be retired by the Wizards. The day has come for Chenier's No. 45 to be raised to the rafters and Beal feels a unique sense of pride in seeing a man he reveres to the highest degree finally have his day in the sun.

"It's unbelievable. It's more than deserving," Beal said. "I was happy to be the one who told him about it. It's a special night for him. He's been a mentor to a lot of us for many years."


Chenier was a three-time All-Star for the Washington Bullets back in the 1970s. Following his playing career, he became a legendary broadcaster calling Bullets and then Wizards games for over 30 years.

Beal is now an NBA All-Star himself, having earned the honor for the first time this season. He is a shooting guard, just like Chenier.

Chenier was the color analyst for Wizards games for the first five years of Beal's career and Beal has always seen Chenier as a model to follow both on and off the court.

"It's always motivation for me to get better and I feel like this is the final touch of it, having your jersey retired by the franchise that you played a part in their success," Beal said.


The honor Chenier is about to receive is another goal to strive for. Beal wants to achieve a lot of what Chenier has accomplished in his life from winning a championship to making All-NBA to now having his jersey hang in the rafters at Capital One Arena.

"It definitely motivates me for that to be a goal of mine. Especially with the fact we both play the same position," Beal said.


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For more on Chenier's jersey retirement, check out our in-depth interview with him on the Wizards Tipoff podcast:

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

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

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle Nikola Jokic, Paul Millsap, Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets 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 (pregame coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Special night

It will be an emotional night for many as the Wizards get set to retire Phil Chenier's No. 45 jersey. Chenier was not only a great player for the franchise during their heyday in the 1970s, but he was a legendary broadcaster of Wizards and Bullets games for decades and has been an ambassador for the organization for a long, long time. 

His jersey will be raised during a halftime ceremony hosted by Chenier's former broadcast partner and good friend Steve Buckhantz. Chenier will have many friends and family on hand. All fans will also receive emoji signs with Chenier's face on them.

Chenier's ceremony will air live at halftime during the NBC Sports Washington broadcast, so make sure you stick around for that. It should be a great moment for D.C. sports fans.


Harris is out

Like the Wizards and John Wall, the Nuggets will be without one of their best players as star guard Gary Harris is dealing with right knee soreness. Harris, just 23, is Denver's leading scorer with 17.7 points per game on 48.6 percent shooting from the field and 39.9 percent from three. 

The Nuggets still have plenty of firepower beyond him. Nikola Jokic is one of the game's brightest young stars with averages of 17.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He shoots a ridiculous 39.3 percent from three as a big man. Guard Jamal Murray, just 20, is averaging 16.5 points while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from three. Then there is Paul Millsap, a four-time All-Star who is averaging 14.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game this season.

The Wizards' defense will be put to the test, as the Nuggets are one of the best scoring teams in basketball. They boast the seventh-best points per game average (109.8) and the sixth-best offensive rating (112.4). 


Last time was interesting

The first time these teams squared off, back on Oct. 23 in just the third game of the season, things got a little weird. In the final minute, Jokic was assessed a technical for bumping into Wizards head coach Scott Brooks.

It was a bizarre sequence that helped the Wizards come away with a win. Given it was an incident between a player and coach, nothing will happen in the way of retaliation, but it's something to keep in mind as these teams go at it again.


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