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For the second night in a row, the Wizards went down by double digits in the first quarter and battled the rest of the game, but this time the comeback was not quite enough as the Wizards fell to the Rockets, 99-93, on Wednesday night in Houston.

After Harden caught fire in the first quarter to the tune of 17 points, the Wizards would spend most of the game trying to come back. The second quarter saw the Wizards tie the game at the very end of the half, but a Toney Douglas half court buzzer beater put the Rockets up three. The third quarter was more of the same as the Rockets went back up by 12, but by the end of the quarter the Wizards had cut it to four thanks to a 10-2 run to close it out. The final quarter was more of the same as the Rockets opened up yet another double digit lead and the closest the Wizards could come was five. Chandler Parsons hit a couple of dagger three balls in the final two minutes to seal it.

The Wizards did well to hold the third highest scoring team in the league to under 100 points, but could not breakthrough offensively, shooting only 39%, against the Rockets who give up the most points per game in the league at over 105. Okafor had a big night in his homecoming with his parents in attendance, scoring a season high 19 points on 9/12 shooting. Bradley Beal had 20 points, Crawford had 17 points and 8 rebounds and Webster had 16 points. For the Rockets, Harden scored 31, Parsons had 18 points and Asik had 9 points and 16 rebounds.

The Wizards have a big weekend ahead of them matching up at home with the Lakers on Friday and in Miami on Saturday.


Bradley Beal
Points: 20
Rebounds: 4
Assists: 6

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Points: Bradley Beal - 20
Rebounds: Nene - 9
Assists: Bradley Beal - 6
Blocks: Chris Singleton - 4
Steals: 3 Tied - 2

On Game:

“We did keep coming back but we struggled shooting in the first half and 39% for the game. Against a team like that when you’re struggling to make outside shots and get easy baskets but we still kept fighting back. We have to play more inside-out and we take too many tough outside shots. You have to move the ball and we don’t and that gets us in trouble and we fall in a hole. We’ll correct those things and we’re going to get out of here one of these days with a 50% shooting night. I thought Nenê came in and did a great job. Again some of our guys struggled off the bench. We’re going to have some tough shooting nights”.

On Beal:

“He’s improving and he has to continue this. Staying aggressive and he got six free throws along with what he’s doing on the floor. That’s what he’s got to continue to do and I’m pleased with his progress.”
On Game:

“It was a game of runs. Sometimes the other team goes on bigger runs than you do and there were moments where we didn’t make shots and we weren’t getting the stops we wanted. They ended up pulling it out in the end but I can’t complain on the way we played at all”

On Harden:

“He is really aggressive and he’s always looking to score. He tried our best to contain him and we did our best against him in second half. The first half we just let him off too easy and gave him too many easy looks to the basket. We tried to get the ball out of his hands in the second half and I thought we did a great job.”
On returning home:

“I was born and raised here so I feel comfortable. I had a good flow going and my teammates were finding me.”

On Game:

“Several times I thought we were about to catch up and get the lead but they just hit some shots and kept us in bay.”