Magical Pixels, Wizards vs. Suns: Washington lets Phoenix run by in 99-93 loss

Rob Carr

I mean, that photo.

The Wizards will now have to beat the Pacers tomorrow in order to avoid being .500 for the upteenth time this season.

Oh joy.

The Wizards lost to the Suns, 99-93, in their first game back at Verizon Center following a 1-3 road trip out west. They lost despite dramatically outscoring Phoenix in fast break points (25-to-7) and points in the paint (52-to-34). So what gives?

Washington lost this game defensively at the three-point line. Both teams made 37 field goals, but 14 of those were three pointers for the Suns, versus only six for the Wizards. Phoenix shot 50 percent from three, to just 32 percent for Washington.

John Wall did his best to keep the Wizards in it, scoring 29 points and nearly leading the team back from a 25-point deficit. But Wall didn't get much help, and in the end his efforts weren't enough to overcome the combined brilliance of Goran Dragic (25 points, six assists) and Eric Bledsoe (23 points, seven assists).

Washington has now lost four of five, and sits only 1.5 games ahead of the Bobcats for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, which could very well be on the line Monday, when the Wiz play the Cats in Charlotte.

KEY LINKS

Road team recaps: BF StoryStream | Washington Post (gamersidebarJReid column) | CSN Washington (recapsidebar) | Wiz of AwesWizards.comMonumental Network

Home team recaps: Bright Side of the Sun

Game highlights

Postgame interviews: Randy WittmanJohn WallBradley BealEric BledsoeGoran Dragic

KEY STATS

14 - Threes made by the Suns, on 50 percent shooting.

6 - Threes made by the Wizards, on 31.6 percent shooting.

TWEETS OF THE NIGHT

VIDEO/GIF OF THE NIGHT

Sure, Beal missed the shot, by my god, John Wall. (H/T @adammcginnis)

GAMETHREAD COMMENT OF THE NIGHT

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