Story By: Richard Thomas
Photos By: Sol Tucker
It might have been throwback night for the Wizards tonight as they played as the Baltimore Bullets again, but the result was much the same, dis-functionality, turnovers and well another loss for the Wizards, seems like old story right.
Tonight the story was Danilo Gallinari, who scored 26 points to lead Denver. He hit four of his five 3-pointers. The Nuggets were 9 for 18 from 3-point range.
After the Wizards, who have lost five of six, clawed back from an 18-point, third-quarter deficit to tie the game at 99-all, Harris and Gallinari hit consecutive 3-pointers for a 105-99 lead with 3:16 to go.
“We kept it close, but that is not how we can continue in games like this. John has done as much as he can and ask him to do each night, they just outplayed us and took advantage of the turnovers and mistakes we made early late in the game, said Wizards Head Coach Randy Wittman.
“Coming out of the locker room, we lost it,” Wittman said. “We’re waiting to the point of being embarrassed before we start playing hard from a defensive standpoint.”
The Wizards aren’t far from playoff contention, but unless they go on a second-half run, they’ll end their season early.
“For us, it’s what team are we trying to be here?” Jared Dudley said. “You can’t keep coming into this locker room and talking about inconsistency because April 15th, we’ll all be back at the crib.”
Prior to the game the Wizards and John Wall received some good news that the coaches had voted him a reserve to the 2016 NBA All Star game. Wall seemed to be more focused on righting this sinking Wizards ship before it is too late.
“It’s a huge honor. It’s great to be voted in by the coaches,” Wall said. “(I’m) very happy to be there, but the way we are playing as a team and losing games, that’s the most important thing I’m worried about right now.”