It was a physical game between the Trail Blazers and Wizards Saturday night.
Portland was looking to take the season series against Washington and extend its winning streak to seven games.
But the Wizards had other plans as they imposed their height, length, and will on the shorthanded Blazers.
Washington defeated Portland 118-111 as the Blazers now go to 8-6 at home.
Despite Portland allowing the Wizards to get out in transition, take wide-open jumpers, and easy buckets at the rim, the Blazers relied on their three-point shooting and Damian Lillard’s playmaking.
The Blazers took a 43-31 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook, however, took advantage of the Blazers not having a true backup center or a big-time rim protector. Plus, Robin Lopez gave the Wizards an offensive boost with his height and length over Robert Covington.
It was all Wizards in the second quarter.
Washington took a 61-55 lead at halftime.
Portland was without Harry Giles (left calf strain), CJ McCollum (left midfoot fracture), Jusuf Nurkic (right wrist fracture) and Zach Collins (left ankle stress fracture).
The Blazers brought the energy out of the break going on a 12-8 run to take the lead back.
After trading baskets for most of the fourth, the final three minutes was all about the Wizards finishing strong at the rim and from behind the arc while they also forced the Blazers to turn the ball over at crucial moments.
As a team, Portland was in the zone from deep early. To end the first quarter, the Blazers made 8-of-17 from long distance.
Gary Trent Jr., who hit his third three of the game in the third quarter, now has made at least three three-pointers in 10 consecutive games. He now ties CJ McCollum and Damon Stoudamire for the most consecutive Blazers games with at least three three-pointers.
The Blazers’ 43 points in the 1st quarter is a new season-high for an opening quarter. The previous high was 40, which was also against the Wizards.
Damian Lillard continued to get his teammates involved, while still scoring in a variety of ways to keep his team in the game. The Blazers point guard was doubled or blitzed in the pick and roll action, but the Blazers were still able to get the ball moving at times to find the open man.
Enes Kanter crashed the boards once again, finishing with 13 rebounds on the night.
The Blazers struggled to defend the Wizards playmakers, especially at the rim. Late in the first quarter, it looked like the Wizards were going through lay-up lines. Bradley Beal led the charge for the Wizards, showing off his crafty moves as he finished strong at the rim all night long. Beal recorded 37 points and seven rebounds.
In the first half, the Wizards shot 50.0 percent from the field and after costly turnovers from the Blazers, Washington took the lead and halftime.
Robin Lopez made his presence felt on both ends especially when Portland went with its small-ball lineup. Portland didn't really have an answer for Beal or Lopez. RoLo finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
Portland was locked and loaded in the first quarter.
Washington outscored Portland in the paint, 30-20 in the first half.
Next up: The Trail Blazers head back out on the road for a three-game trip. The Blazers and Suns will tip-off at 6:00p.m. PST on NBCSNW Monday.