The Wizards Make it Three in a Row
The Washington Wizards put their third win in a row together last night with a 121-112 victory over the Utah Jazz. Coach Unseld Jr. and his troops have found some acceptable rhythm despite missing star guard, Bradley Beal, for the last four games.
The win came after a 31-point night for Kristaps Porzingis and another 23 from Kyle Kuzma. Porzingis accumulated team highs with 10 rebounds and 2 blocks to accompany his points.
Washington played a very efficient game offensively, shooting 50% from the field and 44% from beyond the arc. The shooting efficiency is evident when looking at Kispert’s perfect, 6-6 from the field with 4 shots from deep falling.
The deep shots weren’t the only things falling for the Wizards. Guard, Will Barton, hit the deck after driving to the basket and ferociously slamming the ball over two Jazz defenders.
The Wiz played to win the game, dominating down low by scoring 52 of their points in the painted area and bringing in 46 rebounds as a team. However defensively, points were tough to come by in the paint for Utah with the Wizards sending 8 shots in the opposite direction.
Jazz leading scorer and forward, Lauri Markkanen, was held to a quiet 17 points, forcing players like Collin Sexton and Mike Conley to have big games to keep it close. Overall though, Utah’s units struggled to shoot efficiently, having only 3 players shoot above 50% from the field.
The Wizards (7-6) sit 5th in the Eastern Conference. Their next game is Sunday, November 13 against the Grizzlies at Capital One Arena in the District.