Don’t call them the comeback kids!
In the midst of a long road trip the Washington Wizards refused to allow themselves to be derailed from their hot start in 2017. They found themselves down 15 to the Sacramento Kings. The visiting Wizards climbed all the way back to defeat the Sacramento in a 130-122 overtime win. For the first three quarters, Washington looked lost and disinterested on the defensive side of the ball. In the second quarter especially, the Kings were able to score 36 points and build their largest lead.
It was Bradley Beal however, who spearheaded both Washington’s comeback as well as the ultimate win. He finished with a game high 38 points (scored 21 in both the fourth and overtime.) When the Wizards needed a basket, Beal provided an answer. He also finished with 10 rebounds and four assists.
The other half of Washington’s potent backcourt also had a huge game, Wall scored 25 points and handed out 12 assists. He was able to seize control of the pace of the game in the beginning of the fourth quarter and helped put Washington in winning situations. Otto Porter and Bojan Bogdonavic finished with 18 and 17 points respectively.
Willie Cauley-Stein was the high man for Sacramento with 20 points.
Washington then turned around the next night against Portland and seemingly played a mirror game. C.J. McCollum and the TrailBlazers came out the gate firing and did not let up. Climbing to a 21 point lead in the second and third quarter, Portland was imposing their will on Washington. Everybody on Washington not named John Wall looked tired and it seemed like fatigue would doom the Wiz on this night. Then Washington woke up!
Led by their dynamic backcourt, Washington went on a massive run that cut the lead to one with seven minutes left in the game. The Wizards had taken the lead late and all looked over, until Damian Lillard made key plays to force overtime.
The overtime was a slug match of which ended in a Markieff Morris buzzer beating jump shot. It was a display of greatness from both Portland and Washington’s star powered backcourts. Wall finished with 39 points while Beal ended the game with 26 points. While on the other side, McCollum finished with 34 and Lillard with 33 points.
Washington now has 14 comeback wins after trailing by double digits on the year. Even though it may not be the easiest way to win, the Wizards can hang their hat knowing that they are never truly out of a game.