The Wizards fell to 0-2 on the young season with a tough loss to Memphis last night. Washington went down in the first half, but would recover and put themselves in position to win the game in regulation. They just couldn’t close the deal. The Grizzlies forced overtime and from there, the home team made the most of their opportunity. They held Washington to just three points in the extra period en route to victory.
The Grizzlies opened the second quarter going on a 7-1 run and giving themselves a double digit lead. Early on the Wizards didn’t defend the three-point line well and were out rebounded. Both of which contributed to them going down by 15 points in the second quarter. Vince Carter as well as a few other Grizzlies were hot from behind the arc and Washington was slow to closing out to the shooters. The Wizards were able to pull within four points from fast break points, converting on all of their free throw attempts and finding an offensive rhythm. Going into halftime Washington trailed Memphis 58-54 but they seemed to find their flow offensively and had momentum going into the locker room.
The third quarter was a close quarter with neither team being able to pull away and they went into the fourth quarter with the Grizzlies leading 78-77.
In the fourth quarter Washington went up by as many as eight, but couldn’t hold onto their lead and the Grizzlies stayed in the game. With under a minute in regulation Washington held a three point lead, but again they were slow on closing out to the three-point line and Marc Gasol hit a big time shot. After Wall couldn’t convert on the Wizards final position of the game both teams were deadlocked at 100.
Overtime was all about the Grizzlies, with two big triples from Gasol he almost single handedly put the Wizards away himself. Washington’s lone bucket in overtime came from Marcus Thornton on a late three-point shot with less than a minute in overtime.
Points in paint. Washington crushed the Grizzlies when it came to scoring in the paint, they held the Grizzlies to 34 points in the paint while they managed to put up 54.
Fastbreak points. In the second quarter Wall really took it to the defense which helped ignite his teammates. Washington accounted for 23 fastbreak points while Memphis only had 14.
Outside Shooting. Memphis was firing on all cylinders shooting 48% with Vince Carter coming in and doing some impressive shooting along with others. Washington on the other hand seemed like they couldn’t buy a basket and only shot 20% from three.
Free throws. Free throws kept Washington in the game and even helped put them on top for a while shooting close to 90% from behind the line. Memphis managed to shoot close to 75%, but clearly Washington had the upper hand there.
Bench scoring. Memphis bench scoring nearly out matched their starters scoring, their bench accounted for 49 of the points they put up. Washington received some help from the bench, but it wasn’t as much with their bench only contributing to 29 of Washington points.