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Takeaways from Wizards' win over Knicks to extend home streak to 15

Takeaways from Wizards' win over Knicks to extend home streak to 15

The most unattractive of home wins came against one of the lesser teams the Wizards have played recently, but they still made it 15 in a row at Verizon Center following Tuesday’s 117-101 triumph.

A 16-2 run out of halftime essentially put the game away for the Wizards who matched the longest home win streak since 1989 -- second longest in franchise history -- when they played at Capital Centre. After committing nine first-half turnovers, they only had three in the second.

John Wall posted his 28th double-double (15 points, 13 assists, four rebounds) as all starters scored in double figures for the 17th time this season: Bradley Beal (28 points), Markieff Morris (24 points, 10 rebounds), Marcin Gortat (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Otto Porter (10 points,six rebounds). It’s Gortat’s 27th double-double. Kelly Oubre (14 points) was the high scorer off the bench.

Carmelo Anthony (26 points) led the Knicks but he did most of his damage in the first half when he had 17 by making 7 of 11 shots. That was the extent of New York’s offense which was bogged down with 1 vs. 1 play as Brandon Jennings (21 points) contributed in monopolizing the ball. He was 5-for-16 shooting.

The Knicks (21-29) emptied their bench by 4:42 down 108-89 as they weren’t able to be competitive for long. The last time these teams met, it came down to a final possession on Jan. 19 won by Washington 113-110. They’ve won all three meetings to win the season series.

The Wizards (28-20) are 12-4 in January, tying the Golden State Warriors for the most wins in the new year.

-- Porter used an exercise bike in the first half when he left the game and appeared to favor his right hip that has flared up several times this season. He was 0-for-2 in the first half, didn’t score and had difficulty fighting Anthony for real estate. Porter had a right hip strain last year that knocked him out of action and delayed his rookie season debut in 2013. He didn’t make a three for the first time since Jan. 14.

-- The Knicks aren’t a good defensive team but the Wizards’ first-half turnovers allowed them to stay in it. They only shot 4-for-15 from three-point range which prevented them from going on too big of a spurt but the Knicks did lead by as many as eight points. Courtney Lee, who shoots 42% from three for the season, hasn’t fared well in the three meetings. Combined, he’s 6-for-25 overall shooting in the three games and 2-for-9 from three. The Knicks finished 5-for-24 from three for the game, or 20.8%.

-- Although the Wizards have gone away from relying on pick-and-rolls too much to start offensive sets, the Knicks were so bad at it Gortat got free runs to the front of the rim which is why he was 7-for-7. They also were bad on help rotations when fronting the post. The guard nor the bigs covered well which is why the Wizards shot 55.7% from the field. In 2017, Gortat is 83-for-132, or 63%, in 16 games. 

-- Morris three-pointer broke the 100-point mark for the Wizards with eight minutes left in the fourth. That’s 15 games in a row overall in which they’ve scored 100 or more points. They’ve also scored at least 55 points in the first half in 11 consecutive games.

-- Joakim Noah, started in the middle for the Knicks but he finished with 0 points in 15 minutes and just four rebounds. Noah was signed as a free agent for $26 million a year. 

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Wizards working out Kentucky's Hamidou Diallo another sign the two sides might be a good fit

Wizards working out Kentucky's Hamidou Diallo another sign the two sides might be a good fit

The University of Kentucky was well-represented at the Wizards' first pre-draft workout on Tuesday at Capital One Arena, as All-Star point guard John Wall sat courtside to watch a young player who could join him next season in Washington.

The Wizards hosted Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo just days after interviewing him at the NBA Combine in Chicago, Ill., another sign the 19-year-old is a legitimate option for their second round pick, set for 44th overall in next month's draft.

Diallo, who is originally from Queens, NY., said he is friends with Wall, as the two have crossed paths due to the Kentucky connection. 

"I feel like he knows what I'm capable of," Diallo said.

He now hopes the Wizards front office understands what he can do. Diallo is a defensive-minded wing who measured 6-foot-6 (with shoes) at the combine and with a 7-foot wingspan. He had the fifth-best max vertical leap at the combine, coming in at 40.5 inches. He was also the 12th-ranked player in the class of 2017 out of high school.

The measurables and pedigree are impressive, but Diallo's potential has yet to be realized. He didn't play a game despite attending Kentucky in the 2016-17 academic year. He tested the NBA Draft waters last summer before returning to Kentucky to average a modest 10.0 points and 3.6 rebounds.

Diallo has already worked out for the Chicago Bulls and will meet with plenty more teams, but is currently projected by most mock drafts to be a second round pick. This time he hired an agent and will definitely be making the leap.

"It feels good this year going through it with both feet in. It's been a great process," he said.

The Wizards like Diallo's defensive ability, his speed and awareness in the open floor and his potential to improve as a shooter. Diallo shot 33.8 percent from three on 2.1 attempts per game in the 2017-18 season.

"I hope to show my athleticism and how that plays a big part on the defensive end," Diallo said of his goals in pre-draft workouts.

"[The Wizards] are a team that wants to play fast and they have a fast point guard that needs players to keep up with him. That's what I tried to show in this workout, to show how fast I can play and show how composed I can play."

If the Wizards deem Diallo worth taking a chance on, he would provide a nice fit positionally. Though their second round pick could spend much of next season in the G-League, Diallo plays shooting guard and they have a need behind starter Bradley Beal. 

The Wizards see Tomas Satoransky as a possibility at backup shooting guard and Jodie Meeks is expected to return next season on a player option. But those guys were on the roster in 2017-18 and couldn't fill the void behind Beal, who logged more minutes than all but three players in the league. Meeks is also set to begin the 2018-19 season serving a suspension.

Diallo played at a big-time program and has the athleticism to compete at the NBA level early on. He could help a team improve long-term at guarding the perimeter, an area the Wizards have made strides in but still have a ways to go. That was seen in their playoff series against the Raptors when Toronto averaged 11.0 threes made per game and shot 41 percent.

Though it's early in the draft workout process, the Wizards have made it clear they are interested in Diallo.

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Wizards' second pre-draft workout to feature possible first-round pick, NCAA star

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Wizards' second pre-draft workout to feature possible first-round pick, NCAA star

The Wizards will have some recognizable names at their second pre-draft workout on Wednesday including potential first round pick Aaron Holiday of UCLA, NBC Sports Washington has learned.

Here is the list with some notes on each player...

Aaron Holiday, guard, UCLA (6-1, 185)

The brother of two NBA players (Jrue and Justin), Holiday played three years at UCLA and averaged 20.3 points, 5.8 assists and 1.3 steals as a junior. He also shot 42.9 percent from three on 6.2 attempts per game. He registered a 6-8 wingspan at the NBA Combine.

Potential fit with Wizards: possible first round pick, likely won't be there in second round; would solidify backup point guard position

Devonte' Graham, guard, Kansas (6-2, 175)

The Big 12 player of the year, Graham averaged 17.3 points and 7.2 assists as a senior. He posted a 6-6 wingspan at the combine. His uncle played for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1990s.

Potential fit with Wizards: second round pick; would provide backup point guard depth

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, forward, Kansas (6-8, 195)

A big-time three-point shooter, Mykhailiuk shot 44.4 percent from three on 6.6 attempts per game as a senior. He averaged 14.6 points and 3.9 rebounds.

Potential fit with Wizards: second round pick; could be a three-point threat off the bench

Moritz Wagner, center, Michigan (6-11, 241)

Originally from Germany, Wagner was a standout in the NCAA Tournament as the Wolverines went all the way to the final. He averaged 14.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals as a junior. He also shot 39.4 percent from three and measured at nearly 7-feet in shoes at the NBA Combine.

Potential fit with Wizards: second round pick; could develop into a capable stretch-five

Johnathan Williams, forward, Gonzaga (6-9, 225)

Williams began his career at Missouri before transferring. He averaged 13.4 points and 8.5 rebounds as a senior. 

Potential fit with Wizards: undrafted free agent; possible G-League forward

Zach Thomas, SF, Bucknell (6-7, 228)

Thomas was the Patriot League player of the year with averages of 20.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game as a senior. He shot 40 percent from three for his college career.

Potential fit with Wizards: undrafted free agent; possible G-League forward

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