Webster, Ariza come up empty in clutch

Webster, Ariza come up empty in clutch
March 29, 2013, 10:45 pm
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Finally, John Wall had his shooters back on the floor.

When he needed them most in the fourth quarter, however, they couldn't produce.

Small forwards Martell Webster (abdominal strain) and Trevor Ariza (flu) combined to shoot 9-for-24 in Friday’s 97-92 loss at the Orlando Magic.

Webster, who started, had missed the last two games. Ariza, a sixth man, sat out three.

Webster appeared to be back to his old self when he made his first three-pointer at 6:12 of the first quarter to give the Wizards a 13-9 lead. 

Ariza knocked down a fadeaway jumper to tie the score at 31 of the second quarter.

But with Wall trying to spark the Wizards back from an 88-80 deficit in the fourth, both came up short on open jump shots.

The Wizards trailed 93-88 with 1:13 left when Webster missed a wide-open three-pointer –- his sixth miss in a row from deep. Wall made two free throws to trim it to 93-90, and the Magic couldn't respond which gave the Wizards another chance.

Ariza, who had made a three-pointer to tie the score at 78 earlier in the game, was off the mark with 25.3 seconds left to end any chances of a comeback.

Webster and Ariza combined to shoot 2-for-11 from long range. 

Wall led all scorers with 35 points but had to take a career-high 28 shots. He only had two assists to tie a season-low. In his sixth game back from a left knee injury, Wall was still coming off the bench when he had two assists on Jan. 21 vs. the Portland Trail Blazers.

As a team, Washington had just 15 assists and it was reflected in 37% field-goal shooting (30-for-81) and 20% from three (4 of 20).