The second three-game road trip of the Wizards’ season came to the same conclusion as the first time at 1-2. They were obliterated by the Milwaukee Bucks, 123-96, on Friday.
It was the most lopsided loss of the season for Washington (13-16) who were flat defensively from the opening tip which led to career-high scoring for Giannis Antetokounmpo (39 points, eight rebounds and six assists), rookie Malcolm Brogdon (17 points, seven assists), Jabari Parker (21 points, eight rebounds),
Milwaukee (14-14) tied the season series at 1-1 with a rematch set for Monday at the Verizon Center. The Wizards opened the trip with a two-point loss to the Indiana Pacers, came back from double digits to beat the Chicago Bulls and then produced this result. In their only other road trip of three games, they lost games at the end to the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs before salvaging it with a win at the Brooklyn Nets.
The Wizards got off to a good start offensively. Otto Porter (18 points) returned from missing the second half of Wednesday’s win at the Chicago Bulls with back spasms to make his first four three-point shots. John Wall (18 points, 10 assists) did most of his damage in the first half and Markieff Morris (14 points) followed.
--The Wizards got their scoring done. They had 29 points in each of the first two quarters, shooting 51.2% (22 of 43). Milwaukee had 36 and 37 points and shot 66.7% by halftime (26 of 42).
--The pick-and-roll coverage, without Kelly Oubre on the floor, and switches on defense created a lot of busted coverages. Porter and Bradley Beal routinely confused the coverage which led to either uncontested layups and dunks or open three-point shots. They opened the third quarter with a botched exchange that allowed Tony Snell (11 points) and layup.
--It wasn't just screens by Parker that the Wizards had difficulty getting over. Matthew Dellavedova set screens that they couldn’t be covered properly. Their perimeter defense was absent. The help rotations from Morris and Marcin Gortat (eight points, six rebounds) weren’t there, either. Brogdon was 7-for-7. This is why Milwaukee had 66 points in the paint, 20 more than Washington.
--The eight game streak of consecutive games with 20 points or more ended for Beal (10 points). He only got up 10 shots in 31 minutes but dished out six assists.
--The energy and legs that the Wizards had in Chicago evaporated. They were beaten in fast-break points 27-8 despite only being minus-3 in turnovers. They had 15.
--The Wizards shot 0-for-8 in the third quarter from three-point range. Any chance they had of making a comeback from a 73-58 halftime deficit were nil after that. They brought the Bucks’ shooting accuracy down to 43.5% (10 of 23) but still were outscored 27-20.