New Year, Same Wiz

Written By Chris C-Ford ---- Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Written By Jeremy Batka @eastcoastassn

The Mavericks found a way to put an end to their six game losing streak beating the Wizards 103-94 in D.C. Tuesday night.

The Wizards had a 52-48 half time lead but Dallas controlled the second half  and led by as much as 15 in the fourth. Washington cut the lead to seven with just over a minute to  play but never had a serious chance to take the lead after halftime.

Vince Carter looked like the Vince-sanity of old leading the Mavs with 23 points. The Wizards defense had no answer for Carter making him seem like an ageless wonder.

Rookie guard Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 22 points, he made four three pointers and went 7-16 from the field. Beal has shown signs that he can shoot at an NBA level but unfortunately for the Wizards he is still struggling on the defensive end. Beal had a negative 18 rating on the night.

As a team the Wizards still lack offensive consistency. Washington doesn't have one shooter that can get you a bucket every possession. Combine that with poor defense and you have a 4-25 basketball team.

Dirk Nowitzki had 11 points in just 17 minutes of limited play. It was the first time Nowitzki's hit double digits this year. Amazing how that Jan Vesely defense didn't slow him down at all.

Emeka Okafor and Martell Webster both chipped in 14 points. Okafor added 11 rebounds giving him yet again the strongest proformance on a sub par team.

The Wizards will be back in action tomorrow night at Indiana, tip off is at seven.

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