Washington led throughout most of the game, leading by as many as 11 in the first half, but only mustered up 9 points over the final six minutes, with most of those points coming from the charity stripe. They were only 2-of-10 from the field over the final six minutes. It continues a trend of poor offensive execution in late-game situations which we’ve seen throughout the season, including Friday’s near loss to the Grizzlies.
The Wizards’ go-to scorers, John Wall and Bradley Beal, struggled throughout the game. Wall had a season-high 16 assists, but also committed 6 turnovers and missed 14 of his 19 shots. Beal finished with 20 points and a pair of blocks, but was only 7-of-19 from the field and committed four turnovers.
The little things that come back to bite you in tight losses
The Bucks were able to either get a bucket or draw a foul which led to free throws in the closing second each of the first three quarters. Giving up easy points at the end of quarters has hurt Washington at various points throughout the season, but never as often as we saw in this game. You could say it didn’t matter in the long run because they lost by seven, but the Wizards could have done things much differently late in the game if the Bucks were coming into that stretch behind instead of on equal footing.
Washington’s supporting cast delivers
As we noted earlier, it wasn’t a great night for Wall and Beal, but that was almost covered by some strong nights from their supporting cast, even with Otto Porter out of the lineup. Kelly Oubre, Markieff Morris, and Marcin Gortat all turned in efficient scoring nights, combining for 45 points on 16-of-25 shooting from the field.
Their performance was especially remarkable considering they were going up against Milwaukee’s long, talented frontcourt. Even late in the game, they were the ones who were getting the ball in the basket to keep it close. Oubre, Gortat and Morris outscored Wall and Beal in the final six minutes of the game, even though they only took one-fourth as many shots.
- Milwaukee outscored Washington on fast break points 18-5.
- Matthew Dellavedova was ejected in the fourth quarter after this ridiculously unnecessary clothesline on Bradley Beal.
- Otto Porter missed the game after suffering a hip strain during Friday’s game.
Next up: The Wizards continue their homestand on Wednesday as they host the Jazz at 7 p.m. ET.