Washington falls to 1-5 after losing to the Houston Rockets 114-106.
In a game that was a back-and-forth, tug-of-war match through three quarters, Washington reverted back to it’s old ways and fell apart in the fourth. Houston trailed by six points with eight minutes to go before going on a momentum swinging 10-0 run that put the Rockets back on top. From there, the visitors gained control and did not let it go.
Washington did a fairly good job on James Harden for the first three quarters. Going into to the fourth, “the Beard” only had 10 points and seven turnovers. You can only hold a superstar down for so long before he ignites. Harden finished with 32 points, 15 assists, and six rebounds. His 15 dimes helped teammates Ryan Anderson and Trevor Ariza get into a groove. Anderson finished with 23 points and Ariza finished with 15 points and three steals.
John Wall (21 points) and Bradley Beal (20 points) had solid games tonight. Wall was aggressive the entire night and Beal helped with his sharp shooting from the perimeter. History was made as John becameWashington’s all-time leading assist man last night (3,822); surpassing the great Wes Unseld.
Otto Porter Jr. continued his stretch of good play, providing his team with a much needed spark. He played with energy and was taking and making shots that Wizards fans have bee waiting for him to hit. The former Hoya finished with 20 points and eight rebounds.
Washington has struggled with turnovers and bad defensive stretches to start the season and it doomed them tonight. Not only did they let anyone that touched the ball for Houston score in the fourth, but it was two back breaking turnovers that killed any chance of a comeback. That, along with missed shots killed Washington tonight and ultimately is to blame for their now 1-5 record.
The Wizards look to get back to their winning ways as they face their next opponent, the Boston Celtics in Boston, on Nov. 9.