Gerald Wallace fell only a point shy of his season-high last night while the Washington Wizards matched a season-low in a 111-76 road loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Wallace led the Blazers with 28 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals, while the Wizards, who were plagued by early foul trouble, couldn’t get 28 out of their two top scorers on the night.
Jordan Crawford led Washington with a team-high 12 points despite committing 6 turnovers, while Kevin Seraphin placed second with 10 points on the night, all in the first half of play. John Wall finished with only 9 points and 7 assists after a 3-for-12 performance from the floor. Without the services of Andray Blatche, Rashard Lewis, Josh Howard, or Nick Young, the Wizards were still able to put down buckets in the first quarter. However, the Blazers out-scored Washington 56-30 over the span of the second and third quarters, as Wallace scored 21 of those 56 mid-quarter points.
From the start of the first quarter, Portland looked determined to flush out the Wizards. They had lost a close one to the Lakers in their previous game, and with Los Angeles still on their minds, Washington ended up as the unfortunate victim. Wallace set the pace early, with three of his four steals on the night achieved by halftime. Wizards center JaVale McGee had trouble guarding Nicolas Batum, and committed two early fouls within the first two minutes of play. McGee’s early foul trouble began a domino effect, as Washington failed to defend the paint. As their foul trouble mounted, the Wizards also began to weaken on the boards, and fell 45-32 in that category. On the plus side, JaVale did produce one heck of a nasty block on the night, possibly the block of the year and a candidate for the rights to the decade.
Tonight Washington will try to block out their latest loss by way of a win against the Los Angeles Clippers. The last time the Wizards faced the Clippers, Blake Griffin didn’t have to score a single point in the second half. He led Los Angeles with a game-high 26 points, which he achieved by halftime. In that game, the Wizards couldn’t use Blatche or Lewis, and tonight, expect the same situation. Can Trevor Booker put a stop to Griffin, or will tonight’s 10:30 p.m. ET game end up like an instant replay?
WAS – Nick Young (Questionable; Knee); Andray Blatche (Out; Shoulder); Rashard Lewis (Out; Knee), Josh Howard (Out; Tendinitis).
LAC – DeAndre Jordan (Out; Ill).
Telecast: CSN @ 10:30 p.m. ET
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
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