Bench almost brings Wizards back

Bench almost brings Wizards back
November 15, 2012, 12:00 am
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A 40-point second quarter proved to be too much for the Wizards to overcome as they dug themselves a 22-point deficit and could never recover in a 107-101 loss at Dallas.

Guard Jordan Crawford, center Kevin Seraphin and forward Cartier Martin did all they could off the bench to bring the Wizards back in the fourth quarter but it was not enough as Dallas escaped, leaving the Wizards as the only winless team in the NBA as Detroit picked up its first victory on Wednesday night.

Crawford had his best game of the season with 21 points and 7 assists, logging major minutes at point guard in place of A.J. Price who had to leave the game because of a sprained ankle.

Seraphin was unstoppable on the block, showing off several different low-post moves in scoring 16 points. Cartier Martin hit some huge three-pointers to spur a 15-0 run that brought the Wizards within 88-85 with 7 minutes left but the Wizards could never tie or take the lead down the stretch. Martin would finish 4-4 from beyond the arc and scored 14 points.

Down 101-98 with 54 seconds left, the Wizards actually had a chance to tie the game but backup guard Janerro Pargo hoisted a three-pointer that didn't go down.

The struggles for the Wizards starting five continued as only  Price reached double figures with 11 points. Rookie shooting guard Bradley Beal couldn't find his shot again, scoring just 8 points on 3-14 shooting.

Down 23-19 after the first quarter, the Wizards allowed a season high 40 points in the second quarter and the Mavericks took a commanding 63-45 lead into halftime. Dallas would push that lead to 67-45 early in the third quarter before the Wizards started chipping away.

O.J. Mayo led the way for the Mavericks with 25 points and Chris Kaman added 23 points to go with 8 rebounds.

The Wizards will try to avoid tying a franchise worst 0-8 start when they host Utah Saturday night at Verizon Center.