Twas a squeaker, but the Wizards pulled out the 101-97 win over the Hawks, cutting their magic number to one, and increasing their lead for the sixth seed to three games.
But almost as concerning as the win nearly slipping away, was the slip-in-slide surface the Wizards found themselves playing on. Apparently, a quick turnaround for Verizon Center crews following an afternoon Capitals game led to some moisture seeping its way up onto the court.
The results were a handful of Three Stooges-type falls, only without the comedy. Bradley Beal fell a few times, including an ugly slip in the corner in which his right leg got bent back beneath him. John Wall slipped, and Trevor Ariza suffered a groin injury on his own fall.
Anyway, one night after leading the Wiz to a huge win over the Pacers, Wall did so again against the Hawks, scoring 25 points (3-of-4 from three) to go with six assists, seven rebounds and three steals. Marcin Gortat recorded another double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Beal had another poor shooting night, finishing with 14 points on 5-of-15 from the field, but found other ways to contribute, chipping in five assists and six rebounds. Ariza scored an efficient 13 points on six shots. Drew GODden (16 points, 5-of-5 shooting) and Andre Miller (10 points, 4-of-4) were perfect from the field.
Way to get the win, Wizards. Now sop up that floor. Next up, a road game in Charlotte against the seventh-seeded Bobcats. A win would give Washington a pretty firm grip on the sixth-seed. In fact, Washington is only one game behind the Nets for the fifth seed.
Oh, and everyone remember to root hard for the Warriors today -- a win over the Knicks, and the Wiz needn't worry about that magic number anymore. THEY'LL BE IN THE PLAYOFFS BABY, WOOO!!
Road team recaps: BF StoryStream | Washington Post | AP | CSN Washington (recap, sidebar) | Wiz of Awes | Wizards.com | Monumental Network
Home team recaps: Peachtree Hoops | Atlanta Journal-Constitution (gamer, sidebar) | HawksHoop
Postgame interviews: Randy Wittman | John Wall | Marcin Gortat | Trevor Ariza | Al Harrington
38.1 - Bradley Beal's field goal percentage in March. That's bad.
46.4 - John Wall's three point percentage (32-of-69) in March. That's really, really good.
TWEETS OF THE NIGHT
It amazes me how the crews can change the arena from ice to court. pic.twitter.com/RAkSfUKOIb— WizardsXTRA (@WizardsXTRA) March 29, 2014
Evening everyone! @satchelprice here. It's been a stupid rainy Saturday in DC but who cares because the Wizards play INDOORS!! wooooo— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) March 29, 2014
Cue the irony bell.
Tried to pull up a picture of Manute Bol and Spud Webb, but the WiFi at Verizon says it's blocked as "Adult/Mature Content" #sexybasketball— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) March 30, 2014
Marcin Gortat & Pero Antic or Phineas & Barnaby? https://t.co/SPPie2d6Rl— Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) March 30, 2014
#allinforgeritol RT @MrMichaelLee: Just got a nickname suggestion for Al Harrington, Andre Miller & Drew Gooden: OGIII. Thoughts? #wizards— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) March 30, 2014
You know things are getting bad when Steve Buckhantz starts complaining about the long twos— Umair Khan (@UKhanNBA) March 30, 2014
Someone get Bradley Beal some tank treads. He has slipped (and fallen) three times tonight. Cartier Martin's count = 2.— Conor Dirks (@ConorDDirks) March 30, 2014
Slick shoes.... https://t.co/20EGVG71wF— Danny (@recordsANDradio) March 30, 2014
Home ice advantage for the Wizards tonight...— Danny (@recordsANDradio) March 30, 2014
Good God this was scary https://t.co/Wh655grY40— Umair Khan (@UKhanNBA) March 30, 2014
Wall 3PT shooting percentages, month-to-month: 36%, 28%, 35%, 35%, 46%. He's been solidly above-average since the beginning of January.— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) March 30, 2014
Please don't scare me like this again.... pic.twitter.com/DUZtzimOCt— Danny (@recordsANDradio) March 30, 2014
Luge? pic.twitter.com/D3oEOB5ehL— Danny (@recordsANDradio) March 30, 2014
Okay, so Gooden should probably be the starting PF now.— WizardsXTRA (@WizardsXTRA) March 30, 2014
The #GortatBunny... pic.twitter.com/Xf4V2krnJC— Conor Dirks (@ConorDDirks) March 30, 2014
I rolled by eyes when the #Wizards signed Drew Gooden. I couldn't have been more wrong. What an asset.— Michael Jenkins (@JenksCSN) March 30, 2014
WIZARDS WIN, 101-97. That cuts the magic number down to one. We're quite literally on the brink of the postseason. It's really really real.— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) March 30, 2014
"There isn't a bad win in this league but we gotta do better in finishing games, especially in the last 2 minutes." pic.twitter.com/Zyw3A6fNkD— WizardsXTRA (@WizardsXTRA) March 30, 2014
Players NOT happy about the condensation on the floor #WizardsTalk #NBA #WizHawks— J. Michael (@JMichaelCSN) March 30, 2014
DC sports.. RT @JMichaelCSN: Gortat said after blowing chip shot w/21 sec left he thought: "I'm going to get shot on the street today"— Danny (@recordsANDradio) March 30, 2014
Marcin Gortat joked about missing open layup in final minute: "I’m glad we won that game. Otherwise, I’d probably shoot myself at home."— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) March 30, 2014
Gooden and Miller ... those old guys some folks made fun when acquired ... went 9-for-9 from the field. #WizardsTalk #NBA #WizHawks— J. Michael (@JMichaelCSN) March 30, 2014
VIDEO/GIF OF THE NIGHT
Yes it is, John. Yes it it.
GAMETHREAD COMMENT OF THE NIGHT
Protip: Office references = automatic win.
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My relationship with Trevor Booker is the same as the one between Michael Scott and Toby Flenderson