The Washington Wizards entered Friday night’s contest against the Milwaukee Bucks, with the hope of going over the .500 mark for the first time in over 4 years. The Bucks though spoiled the night for the Wizards with a four point win in overtime. The Bucks built a big 15 point third quarter lead, but the Wizards rallied back to make it a game. The Bucks, who have lost 13 of the last 14 have won for just the second time since November 6th.
Big night for Wall: Though the Wizards lost, Wall did everything he could to keep the Wizards in the game. He finished with a game high of 30 points, 8 assists, and 3 blocks. With 54.9 seconds left in regulation, Wall hit a clutch, pull up jumper to give the Wizards a 102-97 lead. The Wizards weren’t able to hold onto this lead as they allowed the Bucks to score 5 straight points to force overtime. Wall played for almost 48 minutes tonight and going into overtime looked completely gassed out. The amount of minutes Wall had to play, shows the big trouble the Wizards have with their bench.
Khris Middleton and Brandon knight save the day: The Wizards defense tonight made this duo look like Lebron and Wade. Middleton scored a career high 29 points and Knight added another 20. With a 5 point lead for the Wizards, with under one minute to play, Middleton converted on a layup to cut the lead to 3. With just 15.9 seconds to play, Knight hit a game tying 3 pointer to send the game into OT.
Injuries plague the Wizards: The Wizards already entered the game shorthanded with injuries for Bradley Beal and Al Harrington, but it got even worse tonight. As the first quarter came to a close, Webster shot and missed a long 3. As he hit the floor, he immediately fell to the ground. He left the game and the Wizards announced that he had a sprained left ankle. Nene then left in the second half with tendonitis in his left foot.
Porter makes debut: The third overall pick of this years draft, finally made his long waited NBA debut. At the start of the second quarter, Porter entered the game with a huge applause from the crowd. Shortly after his first possession on offense, Porter was called for traveling. His first shot attempt was an air ball. Though his performance fell short of great, it was good to finally see him on the court with his teammates.
Whats next?: The Wizards will stay in DC as they await a matchup with the Denver Nuggets on Monday. The Bucks will travel back home for a matchup on Saturday against the struggling Nets.