The Blazers ended the first half on an 8-0 run to erase a six point Wizards cushion and took a 53-51 lead into the half. They would then open the second half on an 11-2 run to separate themselves from the Wizards and that was the difference in the game. The Wizards tried to make a fourth quarter run, but could never get enough stops as the hot-shooting Blazers were too much for them on this night.
The Blazers made 14 3-pointers and had 32 assists to just nine turnovers.
John Wall was a bright spot for the Wizards, tying a career-high with 5 made 3-pointers and leading the team with 24 points and 14 assists. Drew Gooden put in another solid performance off the bench, scoring 18 points and pulling down nine boards. Bradley Beal added 18 points, Trevor Ariza had 15 points on 3/4 shooting from 3-point range, while Trevor Booker finished with 10 points.
Kevin Seraphin made his first start of the season after just 40 minutes prior to the start of the game Marcin Gortat suffered a strained lower back and had to miss his first game of the year. Seraphin finished with four points in 19 minutes of action.
Up next, the Wizards take on the L.A. Lakers on Friday night at Staples Center (10:30 pm ET).
Damian Lillard crashed the offensive boards at the end of the first half and nearly threw in a highlight reel putback slam. He was fouled on the play and would sink two free-throws, but this play seemed to spark the Blazers for the second half and was in the middle of their 19-2 run.
Player of the Game
John Wall tied a career-high with 5 made 3-pointers and dished out 14 assists to go along with his team-high 24 points.
18. Drew Gooden scored 18 points off the Wizards' bench for the second straight game. He's becoming one of the most reliable players in the team's second unit.
Give Kevin Seraphin credit for jumping into the starting role with such little notice and having only played seven minutes in the last month. He had a big block of Dame Lillard in the first half, but then got into foul trouble which would hinder his playing time.
By: Jeremy Hyman