Pistons no match for Beal, Wizards
Just as Otto Porter's chances of finally scoring at home in 2013 appeared to be over, in the last two minutes he hit consecutive baskets to end the blowout vs. the Detroit Pistons.
Not many of the almost 20,000 at Verizon Center realized that Porter, the No. 3 overall draft pick for the Wizards in June, had failed to convert a field goal or even attempt a free throw. He was 0-for-5 in three appearances since returning from a right hip flexor strain that had him out since training camp.
Porter had scored in three previous games, but they all were on the road at the Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics, totaling 10 points.
Porter's first shot Saturday's came at 1:50 of the third quarter. It was a breakaway dunk. But a whistle blew and to negate it because Marcin Gortat tried to shield a defender from contesting and called for an illegal screen.
"I feel bad it happened," Gortat said. "I tried to get him a clear path to the basket to make sure nobody is going to block him. ... He had an open bucket."
Porter proceeded to miss six shots before he made the Wizards' final two field goals.
Because the Wizards led by as many as 28 points vs. Detroit and eventually would win by 24, Porter logged the most playing time of the season with 21 minutes. He finished 2-for-8 for four points and grabbed a season-high eight rebounds.
"I didn't say anything. It was Nene that was saying everything," Porter said about Gortat's mistake. "Messed up his assist. Messed up his flow. He had to get onto him about that"
The more blowouts the Wizards can put in the books, the more playing time for Porter to find his rhythm. Even hough there's space in the rotation to get some minutes, the Wizards have had a habit of blowing big leads that forces coach Randy Wittman to rely more on his veterans.