NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Washington 27 23 23 29 102
New Orleans 36 36 23 32 127
5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CT23:00 , November 24, 2021
Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana  Attendance: 14,659

Wizards look to regain form as they battle hapless Pelicans

According to STATS
According to STATS

Washington Wizards at New Orleans Pelicans

  1. Washington and New Orleans are meeting for the second time this season with the Wizards winning by five earlier this month. The Wizards are 15-4 in their last 19 games against the Pelicans.
  2. The Wizards are 8-0 this season when leading after three quarters and 3-6 when they trail entering the fourth. Washington did overcome a seven-point deficit entering the fourth in their win over the Pelicans, their largest such comeback in a win this season.
  3. Montrezl Harrell came off the bench to have 24 points and 18 rebounds against the Hornets on Monday. Harrell is the first Washington player to have more than 20 points and more than 15 rebounds in a game as a sub since Dan Roundfield had 29 and 16 against Atlanta on April 4th, 1986.
  4. New Orleans has been under 100 points in four consecutive games and in 10 games total this season. They are the only NBA team to be held under triple digits in 10 or more games this season.
  5. Willy Hernangomez had 19 points and 11 rebounds against Minnesota on Monday after having scored just 14 points and having nine rebounds total this season prior to the game.
  6. Bradley Beal is shooting 96.7 percent on free throws this season, best in the NBA, while Spencer Dinwiddie is shooting 94.7 from the foul line, third-best in the NBA. For a whole season, the best free-throw percentage ever by a Wizard player is 90.1 by Caron Butler in 2007-08.

When the Washington Wizards defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 105-100 on Nov. 15 they were on a roll.

It was their fifth consecutive victory and they overcame a 19-point deficit early in the third quarter, even though they played without star guard Bradley Beal.

But Washington has lost three of four games since as it heads to New Orleans to play the Pelicans again Wednesday night.

Beal has returned, but the Wizards have continued to fall into deep holes.

They trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half and a rally came up short in a 109-103 home loss to Charlotte on Monday.

Washington, which made just 9 of 36 3-pointers, eventually got within two points in the final minute, but couldn't catch up.

"We can't try to get it all back in one possession," said Wizards center Montrezl Harrell, who had 24 points and a season-best 18 rebounds. "We've just got to keep doing it together. We had aspects where we tried to get it all back in one play."

The Wizards' only victory since their last game against New Orleans also required a comeback from a sizable deficit. They overcame a 16-point deficit to defeat Miami last Saturday.

"We have to look in the mirror," coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. "I have to look in the mirror: I got out-coached. How do we respond? How do we learn from this? We've been able to skate by getting double-digit deficits and climbing our way back into it and that's a great story, but do we learn a lesson?"

The Pelicans have had their own share of problems trying to overcome deficits. They have won just three games.

Zion Williamson has yet to play because of offseason foot surgery, Brandon Ingram has struggled since returning from a seven-game absence due to a hip contusion and Devonte' Graham has missed the last three games because of a foot injury, though he might return against the Wizards.

For the first time this season, coach Willie Green started Garrett Temple, the team's most experienced player, and Tomas Satoransky, who's tied for the third-most experience, in the backcourt together against Minnesota on Monday.

It didn't help as the pair combined for 10 points, one assist, three rebounds and five turnovers in a combined 27 minutes of a 110-96 home loss.

Another change did pay off, though, as Green turned to center Willy Hernangomez, who had played in just four games, and he responded with 19 points and 11 rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench, making 8 of 9 shots.

"We try to play hard and compete, but I think it's time to learn and to grow," Hernangomez said. "It's almost 20 games into the season. We have to play harder than the other team and want it more."

Ingram has had a season-low in points in back-to-back games, following up a 12-point outing in a loss at Indiana on Saturday with a nine-point outing against Minnesota. He shot a combined six of 27 in those two games.

"I want him to continue to be aggressive," Green said. "We'll figure it out. More than anything, we as a unit, we have to play harder."

--Field Level Media

Updated November 23, 2021

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