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Wizards vs. Hornets final score: Washington falls just short in 112-111 loss to Charlotte

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NBA: Washington Wizards at Charlotte Hornets Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

#WizardsKiller Marvin Williams scored 30 points and knocked down seven three-pointers as the Hornets clipped the Wizards, 112-111 on Friday evening. Six Wizards players scored in double-figures, led by Bobby Portis with 23, while Jabari Parker and Thomas Bryant chipped in with 15 and 12 points respectively but it wouldn’t be enough for a Washington team that was held scoreless over the final two minutes of the game.

The Wizards and Hornets both came into this matchup looking to sneak back into the playoff race, but Washington didn’t look like they were urgent to get back in the hunt at the start of the game. They started off cold and found themselves in a double-digit hole in the first quarter. Washington finally showed signs of life once Troy Brown, Jabari Parker, and Sam Dekker checked in. The trio hustled, moved the ball, and pushed in transition to spur a 16-5 run to help Washington claw their way back into the game and take a 52-51 lead into halftime.

With the lead seesawing back and forth, Marvin Williams took matters into his own hands. He hit two tough 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to kick start an 11-0 Charlotte run. The Hornets started the second half 5-of-8 from 3-point range and looked like they might pull away but once again, Brown settled things down. He connected on his first 2 shots of the half then hit a three from the wing to tie the game at 79 as once again, the Wizards dug themselves out of a hole.

Late in the fourth quarter, it looked like Washington might pull away. Portis hit a clutch three-pointer to cap an 11-2 run and put the Wizards up 111-108, but Jeremy Lamb responded with a three on the following possession tie it back up.

The Wizards had their opportunities to take back the lead. Beal missed a pull-up three with 50 seconds left that would have taken the lead. Portis was in the right place at the right time to grab the offensive rebound but got his shot blocked on the putback. Then, with the Wizards down by 1 with 11 seconds left, Beal drove into the lane but got his shot blocked on the way up.

The Wizards are now 11 games under .500 and 3.5 games behind the Miami Heat, who hold the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.

Takeaways

Troy Brown Jr. turns in a career night

We’ve been screaming for Brooks to play Troy Brown Jr. more minutes and tonight, we got our wish. Brown was the first player off of the Washington bench for Tomas Satoransky this evening. He looked calm and played under control, which is easier said than done considering the rookie was tasked with guarding Kemba Walker. However, Brown played within himself and looked to get others involved early as he dished out two assists and grabbed four rebounds in the first half.

Brown re-entered the game in the second half and made his mark with the Wizards in a hole by looking for his shot more. First, he calmly navigated his way to the lane and hit a floater to cut the Hornets lead to just one. Later in the quarter, he drilled a wide open three to tie the game at 79.

He turned in a career night tying his high with 9 points while also adding 5 rebounds and 4 assists with only 1 turnover in 18 minutes of play.

Bradley Beal is human

Beal has been outstanding this season, but for the first time in a long time, he turned in a dud of a shooting performance. He was second on the team in scoring with 15 points but shot a forgettable 19 percent on 4-of-21 shooting.

Beal started the night cold and went scoreless in the first quarter for the first time since January 27. After scoring 8 points in the second period, it looked like Beal might regain his footing but that cold shooting carried over into the second half.

He knocked down a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter to keep his streak of 42 straight games with a three-pointer made intact. Aside from that, this was largely a forgettable night for the All-Star.


Next up: The Wizards are back in action on Saturday as they head to Minnesota to face the Timberwolves at 8 pm Eastern Time.