The Washington Wizards six game winning streak finally came to an end after a second half defeat to the Phoenix Suns. The Wizards and Suns started the game off with intense game play as both teams went into half time with a 50-50 tie. During the second half, the Suns commanding defense and consistent offensive play ended up being too much for the Wizards to handle. The Suns outscored the Wizards by 12 during the second half which eventually led to a 104-92 victory over the surging Wizards.
The Wizards returned to the Verizon Center after defeating the Miami Heat 105-103 to put their eight game home winning streak up for grabs against the Suns. Strong defensive efforts started off the first quarter, nine total turnovers were committed by both teams during the first quarter. The Wizards were able to hold onto a slim 23-22 lead after one quarter of play.
During the second quarter, the offense started to heat up for both teams. The Suns were able to hit three of their six total three point shots during the second quarter to help give them a once eight point point lead. The Wizards were able to hit six free-throws during the last 1:11 left in the first half to bring them back to a 50-50 tie.
The Suns came out to the court with an impressive team effort during the third quarter. The Wizards were held to shooting just 36% from the field during the third quarter. The Suns guard Goran Dragic, took advantage of the dreadful shooting percentage, scoring 12 third quarter points and added two late back-to-back three point shots. The Suns held a snug 79-71 lead going to the last quarter of play.
A great team team effort from the Suns allowed them to hold onto the lead throughout the fourth quarter. The Suns added 39 points from the bench which were key to the teams success. The Wizards could not find their shooting stroke as the Suns held them to shooting just 41% from the field. Although the Suns had 17 turnovers, the Wizards could not hit their shots allowing the Suns to pull away to an impressive 104-92 victory.
John Wall shot just 5-15, but still added an impressive 14 points, five rebounds, eight assists, and three steals. Kevin Seraphin had a breakout game off of the bench scoring 16 points, adding five offensive rebounds, and forcing two blocked shots. The sixth man Rasual Butler, scored a team high 17 points during the loss.
Dragic scored 16 points for the Suns while grabbing six boards and serving four assists. Eric Bledsoe and Markieff Morris both led the team with 17 points during the teams victory.
Topper’s Top Player: Kevin Seraphin. Seraphin had a fantastic breakout game as he was one of the lone Wizards who continued to make his shots. Seraphin scored 16 points and shot 7-12 from the field while coming off of the bench. He had a great post presence both offensively and defensively, grabbing five offensive rebounds and recording two blocked shots.
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 22, 2014
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