LAS VEGAS -- Desperate to simply put for a more credible effort at summer league, the Wizards did just that Tuesday vs. the Dallas Mavericks. And on top of that, they won their first game 85-79.
"They were disappointed the way they played the previous two games," said assistant coach Roy Rogers, who was in charge from the sideline at Thomas & Mack Center. "Except for the first quarter, we had more energy and effort than we had in the first two games."
Instead of relying solely on Jarrid Famous (16) and Kelly Oubre (11) to do the scoring, the Wizards had five players reach double figures, including Damion James (15), Scott Machado (12) and Shawn Jones (12):
- Oubre has a good enough handle to escape double teams and find the open shooter, though he has to clean up some of his passes (four turnovers). He was more economical in his output, taking just 11 shots after taking a total of 37 in the first two games. "We just have to keep him in attack mode because he's so shifty that he has an uncanny ability to get in the lane," Rogers said. "You think you have him in a tough spot and he just figures out a way."
- Aaron White, a rookie second-round draft pick, came off the bench for the first time. He only had four points on 2-for-3 shooting and didn't attempt a three-pointer for the first time. "I thought Aaron had struggled a little bit in the previous two games so we brought him off the bench today and he responded well," Rogers said. "He gave us great energy, a great boost."
- Justin Anderson, a guard-forward from Virginia who the Wizards worked out but passed up in last month's draft in favor of Oubre, continued to have a tough time with his shot for Dallas. He went 3-for-11 overall, including just 1-for-6 from three-point range. He was a combined 3-for-14 in his first two games.
- Jordan Crawford, who played for the Wizards from 2010-13 and is trying to play his way on the Mavericks, airballed the first shot of the game and barely grazed iron on a three-point attempt a few feet behind the arc. He was determined to play well against his old team but finished 3-for-13 for 12 points. He misfired on all seven of his threes.
- Dwight Powell, taken by the Charlotte Hornets two drafts ago, shined and gave a glimpse why the Wizards were so high on him. He's now in Dallas. Powell had 18 points, six rebounds and four steals. He's a 6-10, combo post player who the Wizards were targeting until he was selected 45th overall in 2014. The Wizards picked 46th and sold their spot instead. Powell was just 1-for-9 on three-pointers but definitely could be groomed into a true stretch four option.