Otto Porter didn't think much of "Otto Porter" chants in the final minutes of the host Washington Wizards' 118-93 rout of the Boston Celtics. But they sure were familiar.
Back in the same building he called home when he starred at Georgetown, Porter scored a career-high 34 points and had 14 rebounds Wednesday night. Porter shot 14-for-19 and 3-for-5 from 3-point territory, sparking the Wizards to a 26-point lead after a quarter — an advantage that never dipped below 15 the rest of the way.
"Right now I'm trying to play at a high level every night," Porter said. "I'm trying to do what it is I can do to help this team win."
Porter scored 20-plus for the second consecutive game and delivered the win he believed the Wizards (2-5) desperately needed. On a night Bradley Beal left with right hamstring tightness and John Wall was ejected for the second game in a row, Porter was the offensive and defensive catalyst with four assists, three steals and three blocks.
"He gives you a lot of winning basketball plays," coach Scott Brooks said. "You can look at his field-goal percentage, you can look at all the things that he does in his midrange game, his 3-point shot's developed, his offensive rebounds."
Porter earned plenty of credit from the Celtics (3-4) for his energy all over the court.
"He outworked us, getting off his rebounds, put-backs," said Isaiah Thomas, who led Boston with 23 points. "You've got to tip your hat to him, but they were running isolation plays for him and we just couldn't guard him."
The Celtics started the game 4-for-22, including 0-for-8 from 3-point range, as the Wizards' 26-point lead was the largest by any NBA team after the first quarter this season. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Boston's eight points were its fewest in the first quarter since it scored seven against the Milwaukee Bucks in 1974.
"I didn't think there was a lack of purpose or focus," coach Brad Stevens said. "I thought we looked a little shook by them on offense."
Wall, who scored 19 points, was thrown out with 5:24 left when he was assessed a Flagrant-2 on video review for fouling Boston's Marcus Smart. It was his fifth career ejection but second in as many games, and Wall was also fined $25,000 on Wednesday for inappropriate actions toward an official when he was tossed from the Wizards' loss to the Houston Rockets on Monday.
"We have to keep our composure," Brooks said.
Varsity volleyball: Host and No. 4 Arundel (14-3) pulled away from Severna Park (8-6) for a 3-0 win in a Class 4A East Section I final. Kiera Holtsclaw had seven kills, Mackenzie Meehan had six aces and Alicia Eldredge had five kills for the Wildcats, who won, 25-15, 25-11, 25-17. "They kept it close in the beginning," Arundel coach Ashley Yuscavage said. The Wildcats travel to No. 1 South River in Friday's region final at 5 p.m. The Seahawks beat Leonardtown, 3-1. ... Visiting
Patterson Mill (4-12) came back in the third set to earn a 3-0 win over Havre de Grace (8-5) in a Class 1A North Section I final. The Huskies won, 25-18, 25-19, 25-22. Rachel Gileza had five aces and Caitlin Ryan four for Patterson Mill.
Women's college soccer: St. Mary's senior forward Gillian Sawyer (Wilde Lake) repeated as Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year and made the All-CAC first team along with Salisbury junior forward Ruthie Lucas (Centennial), Frostburg State freshman forward Brooke Shehade (Archbishop Spalding), Frostburg State junior midfielder Melanie Bell (Century), St. Mary's sophomore midfielder Emily Huey and Salisbury senior defender Lindsey Andonian. The second team included Salisbury senior midfielder Jenny Gavigan (Westminster), St. Mary's senior midfielder Claire Kostelnik, St. Mary's senior defender Carolyn Barranco (Hereford), St. Mary's junior defender Lane Brooks, Frostburg State junior defender Lia Kelly, Frostburg State sophomore defender Alyssa Malanik (Century) and St. Mary's junior goalkeeper Sydney Larkin. ... Johns Hopkins senior forward Meg Van de Loo was named Centennial Conference Player of the Year and made the All-Centennial first team with McDaniel senior forward Nicole Hill, Hopkins senior midfielder Ana Bengoechea, McDaniel senior midfielder Christina Wroblewski, McDaniel junior defender Kristen Upton, Hopkins senior defender Adrienne Johnson and McDaniel junior goalie Sarah McDonald. The second team included McDaniel sophomore forward Kirsten Gibson and McDaniel sophomore defender Marissa Funke. Upton received the Scholar-Athlete Award. McDaniel's Sandy Lagana was Coach of the Year.
Men's college soccer: St. Mary's forward Khalid Balogun was named the CAC Rookie of the Year and was joined on the All-CAC first team by St. Mary's senior forward Nick Tait, St. Mary's sophomore midfielder Juwan Kearson (St. Paul's) and Frostburg State senior goalkeeper Hassan Mostafa (Oakland Mills). The second team included Salisbury freshman midfielder Dolph Hegewisch of Crofton, Frostburg State sophomore midfielder Ernie Williams, St. Mary's junior defender Andrew Battin, Frostburg State sophomore defender Brett Basham (South Carroll) and St. Mary's junior goalkeeper Zack Haussler (Glenelg).
College football: For the 14th straight year, former NFL All-Pro and Maryland standout Shawne Merriman will hold his annual Coat Drive at a Terps home game. This year's drive will be Saturday before Maryland hosts No. 5 Ohio State. Collection will begin 90 minutes before the start of the 3:30 p.m. game at the South Gate entrance and continue through the end of the first quarter. Those who cannot attend the game but still wish to donate may bring their items to Xfinity Center through Friday at noon. If you plan to do so, please contact Big Ten Fellow Malina Howard at Mhoward5@umd.edu
Men's college basketball: Towson signed Quinton Drayton, a guard from Bowie High, and Jeffrey Prophete, a guard from Fort Lauderdale High in Sunrise, Fla., to national letters of intent to begin playing for the Tigers next fall.
Ravens: Starting right guard Marshal Yanda didn't practice again Wednesday and is listed as doubtful for the game against the Cleveland Browns tonight at M&T Bank Stadium. After missing two games with a shoulder injury, Yanda started in Sunday's victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, he hasn't practiced the past three days, an indication either that he had a setback or that his shoulder just hasn't responded the way he had hoped. The Ravens could use either John Urschel or Ryan Jensen at right guard, and veteran journeyman Vladimir Ducasse could get an opportunity as well. The Ravens will also be without tight end Crockett Gillmore (thigh), linebackers Elvis Dumervil (foot) and Kamalei Correa (thigh) and cornerback Shareece Wright (hamstring). All four players, who also were sidelined for the Steelers game, were declared out. Rookie running back Kenneth Dixon, who suffered a bruised chest late in the Steelers game, practiced in full for a third straight day and was listed as questionable. The winless Browns ruled out starting cornerback Jamar Taylor (groin).
Youth football: For the second straight year, the Ravens will recognized five youth football team moms as the Ravens RISE "Team Moms of the Year." To nominate someone, go to baltimoreravens.com/ravenstown/rise.html. Only team moms of Ravens "Teams on the RISE" are eligible. Nominations must be received by Nov. 20. Winners will receive a personalized Ravens game ball, lunch and a tour at the Ravens Under Armour Performance Center and a $100 gift card to a local spa.