The Wizards and Grizzlies both were out of sync on offense for most of the night, but the Grizzlies found a little more consistency down the stretch in fending off the Wizards in Memphis, 85-76.

The game started off well for the Wizards, as they scored 30 points and shot over 60% in the first quarter against the Grizzlies' number one ranked defense in the NBA. The Wizards would end the first quarter on a 7-0 run to go up by seven. The second quarter though was a different story as the Wizards offense started to struggle. Washington went almost eight minutes without a point and only managed 10 in the second quarter but still managed to take a one point lead into the half, thanks to holding the Grizzlies to just 39 points. John Wall missed time in the second quarter with a strained shoulder but returned by the start of the second half. The second half though did not see the Wizards offense get on track, as they would score just 36 points over the rest of the game and fall to the Grizzlies by nine.

Neither team shot the ball or took care of the ball well in this one, as both teams shot under 45% and the Grizzlies committed 19 turnovers and the Wizards committed 16. The Grizzlies controlled the boards though, outrebounding the Wizards 46-31. The Wizards were also hurt by their inability to get to the free throw line, only attempting three free throws in the game.

Nene led the Wizards in this one with 14 points, six assists and four rebounds. John Wall chipped in nine points, seven rebounds and six assists despite the missed time due to injury. The Grizzlies had five in double figures led by Mike Conley's 18 points, Marc Gasol's 13 points and 15 rebounds and Tayshaun Prince's 14 points in his first game with Memphis.

The Wizards will conclude their road trip on Saturday, taking on the Spurs in San Antonio. Tip-off is at 8:30.

Kevin Seraphin
Points: 8
Rebounds: 2
Assists: 1

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Points: Nene - 14
Rebounds: Emeka Okafor - 10
Assists: John Wall and Nene - 6
Blocks: 0
Steals: Garrett Temple - 3

Randy Wittman Postgame

On the second quarter:

“I think we missed 13-straight shots, which were all perimeter shots. We stopped throwing the ball to the side and you have to know the feel of the game. If things aren’t going a certain way, you have to then combat that. I thought we went away from playing inside-out and just took perimeter shots. That hurt us.”

John Wall Postgame

On his injury:

“I was scared. ‘I can’t catch a break’ was all I was thinking. I went back out there and played. I could still feel the pain, but I just tried to play through it and help my team out as much as possible. I just hoped it wasn’t anything serious so that I could keep playing for the rest of the season.”

Nene Postgame

On Grizzlies:

“They are still a good team. I said to Zach (Randolph) that they are still a good team. They have the base with Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen. They are still good. With Tayshaun Prince, they are going to add a lot of experience to this team too.”

Emeka Okafor Postgame