Wizards-Rockets instant analysis

Wizards-Rockets instant analysis
February 23, 2013, 8:45 pm
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A recap of the Washington Wizards 105-103 win over the Houston Rockets:

How it happened:

Houston literally shot the lights out to start the game. The Rockets knocked down 13 three pointers in the first half. To put that in perspective, entering Saturday the most three pointers by a Wizards opponent in an entire game was 13 by the San Antonio Spurs back on November 26.

Houston led by as many as 17 but their three point shooting eventually cooled off and the Wizards made a game of it. Washington got back into the game by playing better defense. In the first half Houston had way to many wide-open looks from beyond the arc. Randy Wittman decided to go small in the second half so they could better match up with Houston’s shooters.

Key play:

With the game tied at 103 and less than six seconds remaining Emeka Okafor was fouled and made one of two free throws. But on that second miss Bradley Beal came up with the huge offensive rebound. He made one of two free throws and the Wizards escaped with a win.

Important note:

Okafor recorded his 14th double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Stat of the night:

The Rockets shot 19-of-46 from beyond the three-point arc. Both were season highs by a Wizards opponent.

What’s next?

The Wizards will travel north of the border for a rematch against Toronto on Monday. This past Tuesday the Raptors escaped Verizon Center with a 96-88 win. The Wizards are now 6-4 in the month of February.

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