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Saturday
May162015

Pierce's Game-Tying Three Called Off, Hawks Advance to Conference Finals

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Once again the game was close, and once again Paul Pierce hit a clutch shot, only this time it was just a little late.

With time running out, Pierce hit a corner 3-pointer in two players' faces while falling backwards, only to have it overturned by the referees when the review showed Pierce let go of the ball just after the clock hit zeros. It was a big call because it meant the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Washington Wizards 94-91 in Game 6 of their second-round playoff series, advancing them to the Eastern Conference finals.

Pierce probably wouldn't have even had a chance at shooting a game-tying 3-pointer if Al Horford hadn't missed one of his two free throws, failing to make it a two-possession game with 6.4 seconds left. That allowed the Wizards to call a timeout and inbound the pass on the Hawks' side of the court.

John Wall ended up with the ball but couldn't figure out what to do, so he shuffled it to Pierce in the corner, who stepped back and drilled the shot. Pierce put his hands up in celebration before the refs went to the replay screen and overturned the call.

Pierce had previously won Game 3 on a 21-foot buzzer-beater and gave the Wizards a one-point lead in Game 5 when he hit a 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds remaining.

The Hawks were led by DeMarre Carroll, who scored a career playoff high 25 points. They have won three straight to advance to their first conference final since the 1970-71 season.

Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final is Wednesday in Atlanta. The Hawks will take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.


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Friday
May152015

Wittman Anticipates Wall Will Play in Game 6

NBA via Washington Wizards(WASHINGTON) -- Washington Wizards guard John Wall's injured left hand did not swell up after playing in Game 5, according to team head coach Randy Wittman.

"He'll get checked again later with our doctors," Wittman said on a conference call Thursday afternoon, "Just to make sure everything is where it is supposed to be. After the game, everything looked good in terms of no swelling. That was a good sign."

Wittman continued, "Right now I am anticipating that he will be able to play (in Game 6)."
Wall, who has five non-displaced fractures in his left wrist/hand, missed three games before returning to the court Wednesday night and putting up 15 points, seven assists, four rebounds, and four steals.

Despite Wall's performance, the Wizards lost the game when center Al Horford scored with 1.9 seconds remaining to give the Atlanta Hawks an 82-81 victory and a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Game 6 is Friday in Washington. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.


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Sunday
May102015

Pierce Once Again Proves He's "The Truth," Nails Buzzer-Beater to Lift Wizards

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Washington Wizards may not have had John Wall, but thankfully for them, they had Paul Pierce.

Pierce banked in a buzzer-beating 21-foot jumper with two guys in his face to give the Wizards a 103-101 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Saturday.

The Wizards now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.

Pierce, who is nicknamed "The Truth," was asked by ESPN after the game if he called "bank" on his game-winner, to which Pierce replied, "I called game."

Despite the enjoyment the Wizards' fans must have gotten from the shot, the game probably should have never came down to that. Washington held a 19-point lead heading into the fourth quarter but Atlanta went on a 17-0 run to cut its deficit to three with 3:12 remaining. The Hawks then tied the game with 14.1 seconds left when Mike Muscala hit a 3-pointer to make the score 101-101.

The Wizards played without star guard John Wall for the second straight game due to a broken left hand. Otto Porter Jr. picked up the slack by scoring 17 points, grabbing nine boards and dishing out four assists. Bradley Beal and Nene Hilario each had 17 points as well.

Game 4 of the series is Monday night in Washington.


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Sunday
Mar152015

John Wall Casts a Spell on the Kings

NBA via Washington Wizards(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- John Wall led a charge that brought the Wizards back from a 21-point deficit to beat the Sacramento Kings 113-97.

Washington head coach Randy Whittman would probably like to take a few thoughts back when he lost faith in his team as they trailed 64-46 at the half.

"I told them, I've got to go to church tomorrow because of some of the things I said and thought at halftime," Wittman said.

Wall ripped off 31 points and dished out 12 assists, 20 and 10 of which came in the second half.

"In the first half there wasn't really an effort, and they basically did whatever they wanted and got whatever they wanted," Wall said. "We had to come back out and compete in the second half."

After dropping 13 of 17 games dating back to the end of January, the Wizards have ripped off three straight victories and put themselves squarely back into fifth place in the eastern conference.


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Thursday
Dec252014

Wizards Cruise Past the Knicks, 102-91

NBA via Washington Wizards(NEW YORK) -- Washington Wizards point guard John Wall showed a national audience on Christmas Day just why he's become one of the best guards in the NBA. He led the team past the New York Knicks for a 102-91 victory.

Wall finished the game with 24 points, six rebounds, and 11 assists. He leads all Eastern Conference guards in assists, and is second overall in the NBA.

It was Wall's ninth game this season with at least 20 points and 10 assists, the most in the NBA.

"I'm just a feisty guy that likes to compete," Wall said. "And I want to win games."

Even though they only won by 11 points, the game was never close. The Wizards led as many as 22 points during the contest and never trailed at any point.

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony did all he could to keep the team in it, as he scored a game-high 34 points.

The Wizards improved to 20-8 while the Knicks fell to 5-26.


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Tuesday
Dec022014

Wizards Soar Past Heat, 107-86

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- The Washington Wizards hit 10 3-pointers and shot 54.2 percent (39-of-72) to beat the Miami Heat 107-86 on Monday night. The Wizards (11-5) led by 15 points at halftime, 64-49, and held Miami (9-8) to 0-of-12 shooting from distance in the second half.

"We did a good job of staying home and getting a hand in their face," Washington head coach Randy Wittman said. "They missed some, too. It wasn't all us. They had some pretty good looks they missed."

John Wall had 18 points and 13 assists in the win while Rasual Butler paced the team with 23 points. The Wizards never trailed in the game, leading by as many as 25, and saw four players score in double figures. 

Meanwhile, Miami got 21 points from Chris Bosh and 20 from Dwayne Wade. The Heat's shooting woes only escalated at the charity stripe as the team was just 18-for-30 (60 percent) on free-throw attempts.

"I don't think we've gotten to the defense we've wanted all year," said Wade, who was playing in his second game back following a hamstring injury. "We're still fairly new; a lot of the guys are still confused at what we're trying to do."


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Friday
May162014

Indiana Closes Out Wizards, Face Heat Next

Rob Carr/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- Despite a stumbling first round victory, the Indiana Pacers looked back to form on Thursday night when they beat Washington 93-80 to finish off the series four games to two. Indiana now advances to the Eastern Conference Finals to face defending champion Miami in a rematch of last year's conference finals.

"We're ready to go," said Pacers head coach Frank Vogel. "I like the way we played this series. We have nothing but the utmost respect for the champs and we're excited to have another crack at them."

The Game Six win was not an easy one for the Pacers as they blew a 16-point second half lead before using their defense to pull away late. Washington was held scoreless for more than four minutes in the second quarter, giving Indiana a 52-40 halftime advantage. That was eventually erased, and the Wizards took a 74-73 lead with 8:30 to play.

However, David West came right back and hit a jumper to put the Pacers ahead for good. That basket triggered a 20-6 run to close out the game -- and the series. West finished the game with 29 points, including 18 in the second half, to pace all scorers.

John Wall was held to just 12 points for the Wizards and was 0-4 from three-point range. Marcin Gortat was Washington's leading scorer with 19 points. The Wizards advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2005 and won a second round game for the first since 1982.

It has been a puzzling season for Indiana, who held a 46-13 record on March 2 before limping into the playoffs. After being pushed to seven games by eighth-seeded Atlanta in the first round, and losing Game 1 at home to Washington, the Pacers played impressively on the road and are 5-4 away from home in the postseason.

Indiana will now host the back-to-back champs in Game One on Sunday in Indianapolis. The Pacers and Heat went a full seven games last season with Miami defeating Indiana 99-76 in the decisive game.


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Monday
May122014

George Erupts for 39 Points to Push Pacers Past Wizards

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Paul George scored a career playoff-high 39 points, 28 of them in the second half, to help the Indiana Pacers erase a 19-point deficit and beat the Washington Wizards 95-92 Sunday, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal.

Indiana now leads the best-of-seven series 3-1.

"What he did tonight was special...There's no other way to put it," Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said of George, who also added 12 rebounds. "He's probably the best wing defender in the game, chasing a guy that is really hard to guard in Bradley Beal and makes you expend a lot of energy. But to be able to do that for 46 minutes and put up 39 -- 12-for-23 from the field 7-for-10 from the three -- I mean it's just a special performance."

George wasn't the only Pacers' player that had a good game. Roy Hibbert had 17 points and nine rebounds while David West chipped in 14 points and eight assists.

The Wizards actually led the game by six with five minutes remaining but the Pacers closed the game on a 16-7 run, nine of those points by George, to move within one game of the Eastern Conference final. 

Game 5 is Tuesday in Indianapolis. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Eastern.

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Wednesday
Apr302014

Wizards Power Past Bulls 75-69 to Win Series 4-1 

Win McNamee/Getty Images(CHICAGO) --  John Wall scored 24 points as the Washington Wizards topped the Chicago Bulls 75-69 on Tuesday night to close out their first-round Eastern Conference series in five games.

Nene added 20 points as the fifth-seeded Wizards advanced in the postseason for just the third time since the 1970s.

"It just shows our continued growth," guard Bradley Beal said after scoring 17 points in the victory. "We played great basketball in this series and we can only continue to get better and better."

The game was tied at 41 at the half, but the Wizards built up a nine-point lead heading into the fourth quarter and hung on down the stretch.

Jimmy Butler and Kirk Hinrich each scored 16 points for the Bulls, who won 48 games this season despite losing Derrick Rose to a season-ending knee injury and trading Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers before the All-Star break.

"It is real disappointing," forward Taj Gibson said. "We put so much work into the season, came out of countless holes."

Washington advances to play either the Atlanta Hawks or the Indiana Pacers in the second round.

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Sunday
Feb162014

John Wall, Eastern Conference Win NBA's Slam Dunk Contest

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Washington guard John Wall put an exclamation point on the NBA’s slam dunk contest Saturday night for the Eastern Conference with a two-handed reverse jam.

Wall, playing alongside Indiana Pacers guard Paul George and Toronto Raptors forward Terrence Ross swept the Western Conference team of Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes and Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore, 3-0.

In the three-point challenge, San Antonio Spurs guard Marco Belinelli outlasted Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal in a tiebreaker, 24-18.

Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke and Lillard took home honors in the skills challenge with a tenth-of-a second win over Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams and Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo.

All-Star Saturday night began with Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh, Basketball Hall of Famer Dominque Wilkins and Swin Cash of the WNBA’s Chicago Sky successfully defending their shooting stars title.

The challenge between the East and West ended in an overall tie at 2-2.

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