A strange one....
Some of are watching the replay of the game now so turn away. The Wiz won 80-75 in OT tonight after Houston Rockets rookie forward Joey Dorsey, who wasn't even dressed due to a left ankle injury, earned a technical fould and was ejected from the bench for jawing at Dee Brown and Andray Blatche down the stretch.
-Here's how it went down: The Wiz trailed 72-68 with the clock winding down below 13 seconds when Nick Young, who had struggled to that point, drained a three-pointer to cut it to one. The Rockets got the ball up floor into the hands of guard Gustavo Barrera and he was pushed into the Houston bench area by Brown. Barrera fell into the chairs pretty hard but got up and was fine as he got ready to shoot a pair of free throws. Dorsey started chirping at Brown though and he kept right on chirping through the free throws. Finally, Andray Blatche turned to Brown and said: "Don't worry about that."
Dorsey then said something not very nice to Blatche and the ref decided he'd heard enough and hit Dorsey with a technical while tossing him. The Wiz made the techinical free throw and tied it up when Brown tipped in a missed J by Blatche as time expired. In OT, the Wiz outscored Houston 6-1 and put it away on a long J by Young.
-For the second straight night, Blatche was the best player on the court. He finished with 23 points on nine-of-19 shooting with seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks. Dominic McGuire continued his strong week by posting 18 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks. It's hard to describe just how comfortable and confident McGuire looks right now compared to during the regular season. He's coming along nicely.
-Jonathan Wallace got a long look at point guard tonight and posted five points on two-of-three shooting with an assist and two turnovers in 19:39. Brown posted four points on two-of-seven shooting with six rebounds, an assist and a turnover in 17:42. Needless to say, his tip-in was huge and his defense was solid all night. Ernie Gurnfeld likes what Brown brings to the table and Eddie Jordan said he likes Browns' package of quickness and ballhandling as well so he stands a good chance of sticking. If not, it won't cost the Wizards much because only $100,000 of his deal is guaranteed.
-Aside from Dorsey's boneheadedness, the reason the Wiz won is because they held a 48-33 edge on the boards. Dominic really was active boxing out and going after the ball tonight. It also helps when your point guard, Brown, grabs six.
-JaVale McGee finished with four points on one-of-four shooting, six rebounds and four turnovers in 15:32. He looked pretty raw tonight. At one point, he squared up and airballed a three-pointer from the top of the key and then heard about it from Wes Unseld Jr. and Phil Hubbard after he got pulled. The kid is going to have nights like this but I will give him this: he always competes. You can work with an athletic 7-footer who does that and has McGee's upside.
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