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Takeaways from Wizards' blowout win over Hawks in Atlanta

Takeaways from Wizards' blowout win over Hawks in Atlanta

The last building block may be in place for the Wizards, who have won 14 in a row at home but have been less-than-adequate on the road for much of this season. After winning at New York and Charlotte earlier in the week, their end-to-end domination of the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night produced one of their most lopsided wins of the season, 112-86.

All five starters were in double figures: John Wall (19 points, nine rebounds, six assists), Bradley Beal (15 points), Otto Porter (21 points, 11 rebounds), Markieff Morris (15 points, nine rebounds) and Marcin Gortat (15 points, 12 rebounds, three steals).

The only offense the Hawks (27-19) had early came from the perimeter. Kent Bazemore (15 points) and Tim Hardaway (12 points). But Dennis Schroder (nine points), Thabo Sefolosha (two points) and All-Star Paul Millsap (four points) were non-factors.

The Wizards are 7-14 away from Verizon Center. They began the calendar year with two losses at the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks that they easily could’ve won, but since then have won 4 of 6 road games.

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--For the third time in as many meetings, Morris dominated his matchup with Millsap who was 1-for-6 in the first half and couldn’t get on track. Morris’ length bothers him on the three-point shot and he’s strong enough to prevent Millsap from getting to his preferred spots in the low post. Millsap only took one shot in the second half and missed.

--With Porter’s help on the boards, the Wizards were able to dominate the rebounding category in the way Atlanta dominated them in that area. Porter had seven rebounds in the first quarter alone and other than a few offensive boards Dwight Howard (12 points, 13 rebounds) wasn’t much of a factor. When he tried to post up Gortat in the first quarter, Howard was forced to take a jump hook out of his comfort zone that was short. They never were able to get much out of that matchup. When Howard tried to go at Gortat, he was called for travelling twice and that further disrupted him. Most of his numbers came with the game already out of reach.

--Wall fall fell hard in transition when Millsap pushed him in the lower back on a drive. His right leg got stuck under him on the landing but Wall, who had surgeries to both knees May 5, got up slowly. The last time the Wizards were here, Bazemore was assessed a flagrant foul on Wall in transition. This is where Wall broke his left wrist in the 2015 playoff series.

-- The bench did its job again, even though their numbers were modest. When the first quarter ended, the Wizards led 37-25. When Tomas Satoransky (nine points), Trey Burke (nine points, three assists) and Kelly Oubre (four points, three steals) began the second quarter, they all made plays to help extend it to 67-45 at halftime. Satoransky was patient with his dribble, got his 6-7 frame into the paint and made a floater. Oubre had a block on Hardaway, Burke nailed a 21-foot jumper and Satoransky was assisted on a dunk by Oubre.

--The Wizards have scored 100 or more points in 13 consecutive games which was achieved around the eight-minute mark of the fourth quarter. Porter was 5 of 7 on threes, one short of tying his career-high of six which he has achieved twice this season. 

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Wizards at Heat Game: TV Channel, Live Stream, how to watch

Wizards at Heat Game: TV Channel, Live Stream, how to watch

Thursday’s 119-113 victory over the 76ers was by far the best victory the Wizards have had this season.

Davis Bertans was hot shooting 7-for-10 from three. He even set a career high of 25 points in 27 minutes.  

Miami, on the hand struggled Wednesday night and fell short to Boston 112-93. 

Who will get the victory Friday ngiht? Tune in to find out. 


What: Washington Wizards at Heat, Game 21

Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL

When: Friday, December 6, at 8:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards at Heat will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards at Heat on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM


7:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)

7:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)

8:00 PM: Wizards at Heat (LIVE)

10:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)

11:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live (LIVE)

11:30 PM: Wizards Talk (LIVE)


Wizards: John Wall (OUT, Left Achilles rehab), Ian Mahinmi (OUT, Right Achilles strain), C.J. Miles (OUT, Wrist), Thomas Bryant (OUT, foot), Isaiah Thomas (OUT, Calf)

Heat: Justise Winslow (OUT, Back), Goran Dragic (OUT, Groin), KZ Okpala (OUT, Achilles), Udonis Haslem (OUT, Illness)


Davis Bertans, PF, (13.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.7 app, ): Bertans went off in the first half against the 76ers shooting 6-for-6 from deep to get 22 points going into halftime. Bertans finished Thursday nights game with a season high of 25 points, one rebound, one steal and seven 3 pointers within 37 minutes.

Ish Smith, G, Wizards (8 ppg, 3 rpg, 3.9 apg): With IT out Ish Smith stepped up to the plate dishing out a season high of eight assists with 19 points and one rebound in 34 minutes in Thursday nights win over the 76ers. Smith is averaging

Jimmy Butler, G, Wizards (20.1 ppg, 6 rpg, 6.5 apg): Jimmy Butler was on fire in Miami’s 112-93 loss to Celtics on Wednesday. Butler made 12-of-18 from the field and set a season high of 37 points.


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Davis Bertans reinforces status as Wizards' best offseason addition in win over 76ers

Davis Bertans reinforces status as Wizards' best offseason addition in win over 76ers

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards beat the Philadelphia 76ers 119-113 on Thursday night at Capital One Arena. Here are five takeaways from what went down...

1. The Wizards entered this season with the understanding they probably wouldn't make the playoffs. They wanted to play hard and be a team capable of pulling off upsets on nights their effort and scrappy play caught opponents off guard.

They wanted to have games like they had on Thursday night. For the first time this season, the Wizards jumped all over a very good team and held on for a victory.

The Wizards took out the Sixers 119-113 for what is so far their signature win of the season. Philly is one of the best teams in the East at 15-7 and it was mostly healthy, unlike the Wizards.

Washington snapped a three-game skid as it now flies to Miami for battle with the Heat, who may be the surprise team of the NBA so far this season with a 15-6 record.

2. Though it's not showing in the standings, the Wizards did a nice job in the offseason in flipping their roster and creating long-term financial flexibility. Their most impressive move may have been trading for Davis Bertans.

Bertans was essentially stolen from the San Antonio Spurs for Aaron White, who was likely to never play for the Wizards. And all Bertans has done is thrive in an expanded role with the green light to shoot as often as he wants.

Bertans was lights-out on Thursday with 25 points on 9-for-16 shooting. He set a career high with seven threes, going 7-for-13 from the perimeter. Bertans had 20 points and was 6-for-6 from three in the first half, tying his previous career high for makes.

As I've mentioned before, Bertans is going to be a commodity come the trade deadline and that is going to force a tough decision for the Wizards, whether to trade him or keep him and try to work out an extension in the offseason. If they are offered a first-round pick, it will be hard to pass up.

But there is an argument either way to hold on to him because he is such a good shooter. Just imagine how well he would fit with John Wall.

3. Rookie Rui Hachimura also had a huge game in what was his first career meeting with the Sixers. He popped off for 15 points in the second quarter and ended up with 27 points and six boards.

Hachimura did all of this while dealing with Al Horford and Joel Embiid down low and guarding those guys on the other end. He also spent some time checking Tobias Harris, so there was a lot on his plate.

Hachimura got many of his points with his bread-and-butter midrange game. He made one three and found trouble getting around Embiid at the rim. 

Hachimura took what the defense gave him and it worked. There were several occasions where defenders just let him take long twos and he made them.

Head coach Scott Brooks was just talking pregame about why the Wizards are okay with him living in the midrange, if that's what he is most comfortable with at this point. Good timing with those comments.

Hachimura, by the way, is averaging 22 points over his last four games while shooting 54.4 percent from the field (37-for-68).

4. The Wizards shared some good news on the injury front before the game as both of their backup centers returned. Moe Wagner, who was nursing a left ankle injury, came back after missing two games. And Ian Mahinmi made his season debut after missing two-plus months with an Achilles strain.

Wagner was put in the starting lineup due to Thomas Bryant's absence and, though he did not have his usual scoring numbers, he did what he could to bother Embiid and give the Wizards energy. Wagner finished with five points and 11 rebounds.

Mahinmi played surprisingly well, all things considered. He had some bad moments, some due to rust. Be he did a solid job guarding Embiid, which is no easy task. The Wizards also helped him out with double teams.

The best part of Mahinmi's night, though, was right when he checked in. He has developed a reputation for getting in foul trouble and, sure enough, he got one on his very first play.

5. Though the Wizards got two players back from injury on Thursday, they also lost two. Jordan McRae will be out a few weeks after having a second surgery on his right ring finger. And, in a bigger surprise, starting point guard Isaiah Thomas was a late scratch with a left calf strain.

The Thomas one is a newly disclosed injury and at this point it's unclear if he will miss any more time. But it was enough for him to sit after he had played in 17 straight.