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Takeaways from Wizards' 2nd consecutive loss at Mavericks

Takeaways from Wizards' 2nd consecutive loss at Mavericks

The Texas two-step for the Wizards, who were hoping to get over .500 for the first time this season, is complete. After a terrible fourth quarter in which they couldn’t make a shot and the Dallas Mavericks couldn’t miss, they lost 113-105 Tuesday and return to Verizon Center with a two-game losing streak.

The Wizards (16-18) lost to the Houston Rockets on Monday in a game they led by 15 points, 101-91. They regained the lead entering the fourth 88-87 on Dallas but went on a four-minute drought and didn’t recover.

John Wall (27 points, eight assists, four rebounds, three steals) led all scorers and Bradley Beal followed (25 points, six assists), Markieff Morris and Otto Porter (13 points) and Marcin Gortat (12 points, 16 rebounds, four assists).

Dallas (11-24) was led by Harrison Barnes (26 points, seven rebounds, five assists), Deron Williams (21 points), Devin Harris (17 points) and Seth Curry (16 points).

The Wizards fell to 3-12 on the road and will be off Wednesday before playing at home vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.

--Beal’s three cut the deficit to 110-105 with 2:12 left and the Wizards failed to score the rest of the way. Barnes missed a jumper over Wall, Williams missed a three and Beal forced Barnes into an airball. However, Wall missed two threes and Beal missed one. The Wizards were 11-for-30 overall from three, falling into a similar trap that they did vs. Houston when they shot 6-for-26 to play catch up in a game they'd had in hand. It didn’t work.

--The three-point shooting for Dallas was obscene (17-for-32). Curry was 4-for-5, Williams and Harris 4-for-7, and Barnes and Wes Matthews 2-for-4. They allowed Beal plentiful open looks but he shot just 3-for-11. When the Wizards lost to Houston, it was Porter and Morris given nine open looks and missing all of them.

-- Morris wasn’t able to take full advantage of Dallas switching Matthews onto him. Worse, he picked up three fouls  -- two on reach-ins on rebound attempts – in the first half to limit his effectiveness. Matthews (12 points) is an elite defender, but he’s a guard who shouldn’t be comfortable defending the 6-10 Morris anywhere in the post.

--Dirk Nowitzki (11 points) started at center and the Mavericks had difficulty keeping Wall out of the paint because he was too slow on rotations. Even when the defense had time to set, Dallas allowed penetration from Wall just because they were a step slow laterally closing him out and didn’t have a true rim protector. Wall had three-point plays, and-1s, to end the first and second quarters with strong drives that led to layups and contact from the bigs. Jason Smith had Washington’s first field goal of the fourth four minutes in when he ran screen-roll with Beal for a dunk. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle pulled Nowtizki and went with Dwight Powell and Salah Mejri who are more mobile.

--Kelly Oubre (eight points) had his best game since Dec. 16 when he sustained a concussion. He knocked down 2 of 4 threes. Smith (four points, two blocks) remained a spark, too, with his play on both ends. He lasted just eight minutes. Trey Burke and Marcus Thornton, however, were out of sync. They combined to shoot 1-for-6 in 23 total minutes. Dallas had a 43-15 edge in bench scoring. 

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2018-19 NBA power rankings: John Wall has Wizards rising, same with LeBron James and the Lakers

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2018-19 NBA power rankings: John Wall has Wizards rising, same with LeBron James and the Lakers

The start to the 2018-19 NBA season did not go smoothly for a handful of teams. The Wizards started 2-9, but have since won three straight. The Lakers, with LeBron James leading the way, started 2-5 but have won six of their last seven games.

Even the Rockets, considered one of the top contenders for the 2018-19 NBA championship, started slow, losing five of their first six games. But since the calendar switched from October to November, the Rockets turned things around, having won six of eight.

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What about the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors. Steph Curry and company lost just once in their first 11 games, but have dropped three of their last five games amid turmoil between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. The Warriors are still clearly the favorites to win the NBA title again, but are they still perched atop our power rankings?

Here is a look at all 30 teams...

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Wizards vs. Nets: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Wizards vs. Nets: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Wizards (5-9) look to extend their win streak to four games when they host the Brooklyn Nets (6-9) at Capital One Arena Friday night (7 p.m., NBC Sports Washington).

A brutal west coast trip to start, along with the absence of Dwight Howard, provided an early-season setback for the Wizards. But thanks to consecutive wins over the Heat, Magic and Cavaliers, a 2-9 start is now quickly trending upward.

The Nets enter the Friday night game with a 3-6 road record and have lost their three previous games. Brooklyn will also be without the services of leading scorer Caris LeVert, who suffered a gruesome leg injury in the team's 120-113 loss to the Timberwolves on Monday night.  Brooklyn's start big man, Jarrett Allen, is questionable for the game having missed the Nets' previous two games with an illness.

Tune into NBC Sports Washington for pregame, postgame and live game coverage of Wizards vs. Nets. 

WIZARDS VS. NETS HOW TO WATCH:

What: Washington Wizards vs. Brooklyn Nets, 2018 NBA Regular Season, Game 15

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: Friday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards-Nets will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can stream Wizards vs. Nets live on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and the MyTeams by NBC Sports App. After the game tonight, Wizards Postgame Live and Wizards Outsiders are streaming exclusively on the MyTeams app. Download MyTeams now for full postgame coverage and 24/7 Wizards news.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. NETS TV SCHEDULE:

6:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders 
6:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live
7:00 PM: Wizards vs. Nets
9:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (MyTeams App Exclusive)
10:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (MyTeams App Exclusive)

WIZARDS vs. NETS INJURY REPORT:

Wizards: NONE

Nets: Caris LeVert (OUT, leg), Jarrett Allen (Questionable, Illness), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Questionable, ankle)

WIZARDS vs. NETS SERIES HISTORY: 

Number of all-time Meetings: 187 games (2 playoff games)

Regular Season Record: Wizards lead series 99-86

Playoff Record: Wizards lead series 2-0

Last Meeting: Wizards beat Nets 119-113 (OT) on 1/13/2018

Last 10: Wizards lead 8-2

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