The Washington Wizards lost to the Portland Trail Blazers 122-103. The Blazers gradually went on a bigger lead after trailing 31-27 in the first quarter which was too much for Washington to overcome.
Damian Lillard scored 35 points while CJ McCCollum added 24 points and Hassan Whiteside scored 23 points and grabbed 21 rebounds. This was another bad loss at Washington’s expense. Here are three other main takeaways from the game.
Isaiah Thomas gets ejected
Isaiah Thomas, who was recently suspended two games for entering the stands despite being civil was ejected again tonight just minutes after tipoff after pushing a referee right after he was double-teamed.
I mean Thomas just went into the stands and now he’s all over a ref. Dude needs to get it together— ᑎIᑕK ᗩᔕᕼOOᕼ (@NickAshooh) January 4, 2020
Sure, this didn’t look violent. But really, if there are two things an NBA player should never do, it is to NEVER go into the stands willfully under any circumstances and NEVER touch a referee under any circumstances besides unavoidable, inadvertent contact.
Thomas broke both of these things, even if the first incident in Philadelphia wasn’t exactly his fault. It’s not a good look for Thomas because he served a two-game suspension less than a month ago over the 76ers incident. I’m not sure what’s going to happen as a result of this incident, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get another suspension, even if he was in a tough situation at the time.
Jordan McRae continues his scoring prowess
McRae scored in double-digits for the fifth consecutive game, scoring 35 points on 12-of-26 shooting, including 4-of-10 from three. Without his strong performance tonight, Washington would have lost by even more.
Oh he’s BALLIN’ ballin’ ‼️#WizBlazers | @JordyMac52 pic.twitter.com/jz8jJtihV4— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) January 4, 2020
⏸️ hesitate.— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) January 4, 2020
⏩ explode to the hoop! pic.twitter.com/GkXEAxp31l
Garrison Mathews goes off again
The rookie scored 18 points, where he showed off more than just his long form expertise.
Sheesh!! pic.twitter.com/jWiUvnG4W5— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) January 4, 2020
The quick catch & shoot!#WizBlazers | @gmathews_24 pic.twitter.com/5U5UEhhiPB— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) January 4, 2020
The Wizards are back in action in less than 24 hours. Unlike most back-to-backs, they will remain at Capital One Arena and host the Denver Nuggets at 8 p.m. ET.