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Wizards hold off Pistons behind Otto Porter's huge night, John Wall's double-double

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Wizards hold off Pistons behind Otto Porter's huge night, John Wall's double-double

The Washington Wizards beat the Detroit Pistons 115-111 on Friday night at Capital One Arena. Here's analysis of what went down...

How it happened: Part of what the Wizards need from Otto Porter now that he has received a max contract is more on the offensive end, the more-than-occasional game where he takes pressure off of John Wall and Bradley Beal with a convincing offensive effort. They got just that in a win over the Pistons on Friday night.

While the team struggled mightily on defense early, Porter helped keep them in it with 20 points in the first half. He shot 9-for-13 from the field and didn't hit one three-pointer. Porter kept it going with six points in the third quarter and ended up with 28 on the night.

The Pistons had their way on offense throughout the first half. They led 65-58 and shot 55.1 percent. Despite shooting 63.2 percent themselves, the Wizards trailed by seven after two quarters. 

Washington led 91-81 after three after holding Detroit to 16 in the third and saw that lead grow to 15 with a 7-2 run to begin the fourth. That push was keyed by mostly bench players after they struggled to maintain momentum in the first half. Once they started to lose grip and let the Pistons cut the lead to 98-90 with 8:19 remaining, Scott Brooks called a timeout and brought the starters back in. That didn't exactly stop the bleeding, as an Avery Bradley three locked the game at 102-102 with five minutes left.

Detroit kept answering the bell when the Wizards would make a push. Rookie Luke Kennard (11 points), the 13th overall pick out of Duke, was impressive off their bench. Andre Drummond grabbed 12 rebounds, but fouled out with 9:15 left in the fourth. Tobias Harris (15 points, three rebounds) didn't recreate his monster season-opener, but was effective nonetheless.

Beal helped close out the win with a pivotal and-1 layup with 2:06 left. He was challenged by Jon Leuer at the rim, but got it to go in off the glass. That put the Wizards up 111-106. Wall then secured the victory with a block on Reggie Jackson with 14 seconds left. Jackson charged the lane and Wall swatted it away with his left hand.

Wall (27 points, 10 assists, two blocks) had his first double-double of the season despite committing seven turnovers. Beal dropped 24 points to go along with four assists and four boards. Marcin Gortat had an average night compared to his season-opener with 10 points and eight rebounds. 

The Wizards moved to 2-0 on the year with two wins against teams that could be in the Eastern Conference playoff picture come April.

What it means: The Wizards took care of business with two wins at home before they head west. That may end up looking very important in hindsight. 

Smith sidelined: Jason Smith was held out with a sprained right shoulder. Kelly Oubre, Jr. got the start in his place and got the game started with a steal and dunk on the other end for the Wizards' first points. Overall, Oubre didn't make nearly the impact he did in the season opener. He finished with four points and six rebounds in 35 minutes.

Wall put on a show: Wall's numbers may look modest by his standards, but he was lighting up the highlight reel on both ends of the floor. He crossed up Jackson for a nasty stepback jumper in the first quarter. In the second quarter he blocked Harris, who is a power forward. How many point guards can do that, like, in the history of the game? Not many. 

Wall also had this beautiful layup on the fastbreak:

Bench a mixed bag: The Wizards were starting to take control in the third quarter when backup shooting guard Jodie Meeks helped them grow their lead. He had six points in the third and came out with an early three in the fourth. He finished with nine points in 15 minutes. The bench, however, had another uneven night. Tim Frazier went scoreless for the second straight game, but did dish four assists. 

Up next: The Wizards have the weekend off before heading out on a very early West Coast trip. They see the upstart Denver Nuggets first on Monday night. That one tips off at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.

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Wizards storm back, but lose to Heat as Bradley Beal's final shot rims out

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Wizards storm back, but lose to Heat as Bradley Beal's final shot rims out

The Washington Wizards lost the Miami Heat 91-88 on Friday night at Capital One Arena. Here's analysis of what went down...

Burn the tape: After holding on to win in Miami on Wednesday, the Wizards knew it would be a difficult task beating the Heat twice in a span of three days. Sure enough, the Heat played much better and the Wizards, well, they played much worse.

Despite winning on Wednesday, the third quarter was the Wizards' worst of the season. On Friday, they had their worst half in several years. They managed just 29 points, their lowest since they scored 27 against the Warriors on March 23, 2015. It was the second-lowest points for any NBA team in a half this season. The Heat held the Jazz to 25 in a half on Nov. 10.

The Wizards couldn't get shots to fall and didn't have their usual pace and movement on offense. They shot just 38.1 percent for the game and 28.6 for three. They went 0-for-13 from three in the first half. They will want to move past this one very quickly.

The Wizards were down as much as 25 points and stormed back to make it a one-point game with 11.3 seconds left. Bradley Beal, though, missed a shot that would have tied the game in the closing seconds when they were down two.

The Wizards dropped to 9-6 on the year with the loss. On the bright side, the Wizards have kept their opponents to under 100 points in each of those games, their longest such streak since 2015.

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Wall was way off: Friday was an off-night for John Wall that you rarely see. He went scoreless in the first three quarters and didn't score his first points until he got a three to go down with 5:25 left in the fourth. Wall finished 3-for-12 from the field and finished with eight points and eight assists.

Wall was not his usual self in many ways. He wasn't alone, as many guys shot poorly, but Wall is one of the most consistent players in the NBA.

The Heat did a good job of preventing dribble penetration and stopping Wall on the fastbreak. That's how he generates a lot of his offense and credit to Miami for taking it away.

Beal woke up late: Beal had the best night of anyone on the Wizards, but it didn't start out that way. He had just six points midway through the third quarter before he got going. Once he did, there wasn't much the Heat could do to stop him.

Beal almost singlehandedly made this a game with a barrage of threes at the end of the third quarter. He hit three of them and two of them were right in the faces of Heat players guarding him.

This was his best three during that sequence:

Beal ended up with 26 points on 9-for-22 shooting.

Smith played for a change: With the Wizards down double digits in the third quarter, head coach Scott Brooks turned to a guy we haven't seen much from this year. Yes, Jason Smith finally got some burn.

Smith hadn't played in three straight games and had logged just 12 total minutes in the last seven. But he provided instant energy like he usually does. Smith converted an and-1 in the third quarter and came back with a layup in the fourth on a goaltending call. 

Smith didn't exactly shut down Hassan Whiteside (22 points, 16 rebounds), but the Wizards' other bigs didn't have much luck either.

Up next: The Wizards are off Saturday before hitting the road. They first stop in Toronto for a 3:30 game on Sunday. They play the Bucks in Milwaukee the next day in their first back-to-back set of the 2017-18 season. Both games are on NBC Sports Washington.

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NBA 2K18 has Kelly Oubre, Jr.'s famous dab celebration and it's amazing

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NBA 2K18 has Kelly Oubre, Jr.'s famous dab celebration and it's amazing

What separates 2K Sports from its competitors is their attention to detail. Year after year, they get right things that other video game companies don't even consider.

The level of detail in 2K sports games allows for some Easter eggs, if you will, for gamers to find and one Wizards fan found an amazing one involving Kelly Oubre, Jr.

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Before every game Oubre dabs his way to the court extremely aggressively, to the point where he jumps in the air:

Now Oubre does it in video game form:

That's just great and of course Wizards fans are loving it on social media. Bravo, 2K Sports.

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