The Washington Wizards (22-39) lost to the Portland Trail Blazers (27-35), 125-104 on Wednesday night at the Moda Center.
Bradley Beal has now scored 25 or more points in 20 consecutive games, scoring 29 tonight. He shot quite well in the first half, going 7-of-11 from the field with plays like these.
But the third quarter was ultimately Washington’s undoing. Portland outscored Washington 28-18 and held Beal to just 2-of-11 shooting in that period alone. Washington already started the started the second half with a 72-61 deficit and finished it with a 100-79 deficit. And Beal ultimately shot just 10-of-29 tonight. Yikes.
Washington was able to get the lead down to 11 midway through the fourth quarter, but never seriously threatened to make this a contest as the Blazers made one final big push.
As you might expect, Portland’s starting backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum played at a high level, scoring 22 points each.
But if there is someone who really stood out to me, it was veteran forward Carmelo Anthony. He turned back the hands of time to score 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting. I guess we can now add him into ... #WizKiller territory?
Washington was also undermanned at the low post. Moritz Wagner started at center while Ian Mahinmi and Thomas Bryant sat the game out. But I don’t think it would have made a difference the outcome of the game.
If there is any good news about this road trip, Washington did get one win against Golden State last weekend. And they have no more true west coast trips for the rest of the season.