After a red hot first half, the Washington Wizards blew a 22-point lead to the Phoenix Suns in the second half and lost at home 122-116. Phoenix outscored the Wizards 70-52 in the second half as they reach 4-4 on the year and 4-1 under interim coach Jay Triano since Earl Watson was fired. Washington has blown a double-digit lead in every game they have played this season, and are now 4-3 after starting the year 3-0.
T.J. Warren scored a career high 40 points on just 22 shots for the Suns. Devin Booker finished with 22 points and five assists. The Suns have played much better under Triano and have found a style of play that helps them get out in the open court and have scored more points than when under Watson. Devin Booker is looking to break out this season and make his first All-Star team. He got his most coverage last season when he scored 70 points in Boston against the Celtics.
The Wizards lead 32-15 after the first quarter as it seemed they were going to cruise to another win against a western conference team. But as they have in every game this season, they blew another double-digit lead, and this time they couldn’t hold on. Washington gave up at least 35 points in the second, third, and fourth quarters against the Suns which allowed them to get back into the game. Their defense is something that has to be addressed immediately.
Bradley Beal finished the game with a season-high 40 points as he shot 6 for 12 from the 3-point line and he finished 10-11 from the free throw line. John Wall finished the game with 21 points, five rebounds, and six assists. Mike Scott came off the bench and was a spark as he had 12 points, all of which were in the first half. Otto Porter Jr. didn’t play last night due to an injury. Jason Smith started in his place.
The Wizards will look to bounce back after starting the season 3-0, they are now 4-3, and they will take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night at Capital One Arena.