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THE GAME TURNED WHEN… Trailing in the second quarter, the Mavericks took advantage of a dismal Wizards bench to go on a 16-2 run. The Wizards never regained the lead and never got closer than four points.
IT WAS ALL OVER WHEN… little-used Wizards forward Jan Vesely checked into the game with 1:19 left in the game and the Wizards down by 13. When Jan Vesely takes off the sweatpants, you know it is garbage time.
THE GOOD… Wizards went on 9-0 run in the first quarter to turn a 6-2 deficit into an 11-8 lead
Trevor Ariza got off to a great start, playing the passing lanes and putting up 5 points, 2 rebounds & 3 steals in the first 5 minutes of play. He stayed hot all game and was really the only reason Washington stayed in the game.
Washington had 11 fast break points and opened the game 6-7 from the field in the first five minutes.
Wizards opened the game 6-7 from the field.
The Wizards led 18-9 in the first quarter before allowing the Mavericks to battle back.
The Wizards shot 67% in first quarter.
The Wizards went on an 18-7 run in the third quarter to cut a 15-point lead to four. Trevor Ariza scored 11 of those 18 points.
Glenn Rice, Jr. got the first points of his NBA career when he came off a screen and buried a 3-pointer with one minute left in the game. The shot cut the Dallas lead to 10, the final margin.
THE BAD… The Wizards allowed Mavericks to shoot 56% in the first quarter.
Nene committed six turnovers and missed six free throws.
The Wizards bench was terrible, particularly the front court, was brutal in the second quarter, allowing the Mavericks to go on a 16-2 run to quickly take the lead and control of the game. John Wall came to the rescue, scoring back-to-back 3-point plays, one from the arc and one from the line. Mavericks bench outscored Wizards bench 21-9 in the first half. That 12 points exactly matched Dallas’ 12-point lead at halftime.
Wizards perimeter defense was terrible in the first half, allowing Vince Carter to hit three open 3-pointers on good open looks in the first half. He hit another in the second half and his 16 points were twice as much as anyone on the Wizards bench.
Martell Webster was -22 in just 12 minutes in the first half. He finished -25 in 22 minutes.
The Mavericks scored 28 points in the paint in the first half.
The Wizards got only 5 points from Bradley Beal in the first half and nine for the game.
Washington’s 3-point shooting, so critical to their success, fell to 34.6% tonight.
THE UGLY… The Wizards gave up a 7-point possession late in the first quarter, allowing the Mavericks to take the lead. They scored a basket down low, with Kevin Seraphin giving up the foul. The free throw was missed, but the Mavericks got the rebound and scored down low again, with Kevin Seraphin AGAIN giving up the foul. The free throw was missed again and once again the Mavericks got the rebound. This time the result was a 3-pointer, putting the Mavericks up by two points. Moments later, Seraphin would commit his third foul in about one minute, sending the Mavs back to the charity stripe.
FUN FACT… The Wizards-Mavericks game featured an equal number of U.S.-born and foreign-born starters.
MISSING IN ACTION… Any sort of decent production from the bench. The Wizards outscored the Mavericks in this game apart from the second quarter, which was a 28-15 disaster for Washington. Head Coach Randy Wittman put the reserves in and left them in far too long and it took only a few minutes for the game to get out of hand.
THE STUDS… Trevor Ariza: 10-17 FG, 5-11 3FG, 7 Reb, 4 TO,
THE DUDS… Kevin Seraphin played only three minutes, but they were three terrible minutes. He piled up three quick fouls in about a minute and let Dallas’ reserves score on him in the paint over and over. It finally got so bad that head coach Randy Wittman removed Seraphin from the game and never let him go back in.
& THE BENCHWARMERS… None, officially, since Vesely, Rice and Garrett Temple all got on the court for one minute. Congrats to all concerned.