Wizards' Defense Stifles Blazers In Ugly 83-79 Win

The Wizards put in their best defensive performance of the season, holding Portland to just 79 points in the win. Follow along with Bullets Forever for more.

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Blazers Vs. Wizards: Washington Holds Portland To 33 Second Half Points In Win

It wasn't pretty, but sometimes you don't have to be pretty to win. You just have to play the Trail Blazers.

Portland's 79 points was the lowest total that the Wizards have allowed this season. Sure, the Blazers fell apart in the second half, but a solid defensive performance by Washington had a lot to do with it. After scoring just 34 points in the first half themselves, the Wizards were able to hold the Blazers to 33 in the second half, and to just 33.3% shooting.

So many missed shots by the Trail Blazers meant lots of rebound opportunities. Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee collected most of them, combining for 19 rebounds, but they also had a hard time boxing out LaMarcus Aldridge who had an impressive 15 rebounds in the game, nine of them coming off the offensive boards.

Blatche led all scorers with 19 points, and Gilbert Arenas contributed 15 off the bench, where he was relegated in John Wall's return to health.

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Trailblazers Vs. Wizards: Low Scoring Game Highlighted By Turnovers

If you love college basketball but aren't a big fan of the NBA, this might be an excellent game for you. We're entering the fourth quarter at Verizon Center and neither team has yet to score 60 points.

But this isn't the University of Portland against the University of Washington. It's the Portland Trailblazers against the Washington Wizards.

And I wish I could tell you that the low-scoring nature of this contest is a result of a defensive struggle between two solid and aggressive teams. No, instead the low score is due mostly to turnovers and missed opportunities. The Wizards currently have more turnovers (16) than assists (12). To their credit though, the Wizards have done a good job at limiting Portland's open looks, holding the Blazers to just 38.5% shooting thus far. Washington has also virtually eliminated Portland's second chance opportunties, leading the rebound battle 34-28, with JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche each collecting nine rebounds.

Despite being down by 12-points earlier, the Wizards have pulled ahead with a one-point lead entering the fourth quarter. John Wall is just 2-10 shooting with eight points, while Gilbert Arenas has 12 points off the bench.

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