Story By: Richard Thomas
Photos By: Sol Tucker
When the Wizards received the news that John Wall would be out two weeks with a knee injury, every player knew they would have to step up and help Bradley Beal, but unfortunately they couldn’t help in the final 1:32 tonight as the Portland Trail Blazers stepped in and stole a 108-105 victory from the Wizards.
What really hurt the Wizards in the second half was a double dose of C.J McCollum and Damien Lillard. Mc Collum was a integral part in pulling the Blazers back to within five points with a little over a minute remaining.
“I have all the confidence in the world,” McCollum said. “And I can live with missing shots, and I can live with people saying that I’m not clutch. Because I know who I am. So it doesn’t faze me.”
Lillard led the way with 29 points for Portland, which trailed by 17 points early in the fourth quarter, a night after another dramatic 127-125 victory at Brooklyn on Friday.
Bradley Beal who led the Wizards in scoring with 26 points had one chance to send the game to overtime, but his shot at the buzzer fell just short and the Wizards fell to 10-9 on the season and 5-5 at home.
After the game Beal commented on carrying the load.
“I guess there was just a little guy sitting on top of the rim knocking the ball out of there,” Beal said. “I definitely put it on my shoulders.”
The Wizards led 94-77 before Portland put together a 20-7 run with Mc Collum and Lillard at the helm to force the Wizards into a corner they were unable to get out of in that final minute.
Washington heads back out on the road to Minnesota on Tuesday before returning home on December 1st. This is their 10th of 12 games on the road this season.