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Magical Pixels, Wizards vs. Mavericks: Washington stumbles back below .500

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Getting to .500 was such a chore for the Washington Wizards, apparently anything more is simply asking too much.

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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.

KEY LINKS

Home team recaps: BF StoryStream | Washington Post (gamerJason Reid column) | AP | CSN Washington (recapsidebar) | Truth About ItWiz of AwesHoop DistrictDistrict Sports PageTed's TakeWizards.comMonumental Network

Road team recaps: Mavs Moneyball | Dallas Morning News (gamersidebar) | Fort Worth Star-Telegram (gamersidebar) | ESPN Dallas

Game highlights

Postgame interviews: Randy Wittman John WallTrevor BookerBradley Beal

KEY STATS

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

We're off to a bad start.

VIDEO/GIF OF THE NIGHT

(H/T @BallHogsRadio)

Just to irk Mike, here's an honorable mention GIF courtesy of Amin.

Your Wizards Mavs New Year's Day game preview:

GAMETHREAD COMMENT OF THE NIGHT

long lost brothers?

Keep calm and Stefon

"I could have had 52. I missed five free throws."- John Wall after his career 47 point performance

#DCTakeOverFam: Wall RGIII Alfred "The Butcher" Ovi Stras Bryce 
Soon to be: Stefon Diggs

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