No point in dwelling on this monstrosity of a game. The Washington Wizards lost to the Dallas Mavericks, 87-78, in a matchup that saw both teams shoot less than 40 percent. Only John Wall, who scored 22 points, and Trevor Booker, who grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds, deserve any special mention. Otherwise, let's get straight to the Pixels.
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20.8 - Wizards' three-point shooting percentage (5-of-24) against the Mavs. This kind of tells the whole story.
14 - Mavericks' advantage in made free throws against the Wiz. Dallas shot 21-of-23 from the charity stripe (91.3 percent, i.e. very good), while Washington only attempted 10 free throws and made seven of them. In a nine-point game, I'm guessing this was also important.
TWEETS OF THE NIGHT
Last time the Wizards were over .500, October 31, 2009. Four days before that was the last time they beat the Mavericks.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) January 2, 2014
We're off to a bad start.
Kevin Seraphin took a shot here. pic.twitter.com/a2cnLKRqyI— Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) January 1, 2014
Trevor Booker #NBABallot— Umair Khan (@UKhanNBA) January 2, 2014
Nene on 2014 resolution: "My new year resolution is just pray right now. Because I’m going to get fined if I give my resolution." #wizards— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) January 2, 2014
2014: So far, pic.twitter.com/t473t31e2x— SKCH (@PretendHunkler) January 2, 2014
VIDEO/GIF OF THE NIGHT
Just to irk Mike, here's an honorable mention GIF courtesy of Amin.
GAMETHREAD COMMENT OF THE NIGHT
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