Last night in Brooklyn, for the fourth time this season, the Nets and the Wizards faced off. The Nets had won two of the first three meetings on the season outscoring the Wizards by a combined total of 14.
The Wizards would take back those 14 points with a 14 point victory last night. The impressive victory was led by Rui Hachimura who had 20 points for the Wizards. It was Hachimura’s first 20-point game of the season, as he’d been out until early January from personal issues.
Back and Forth
The majority of this game was a back and forth contest. There were more than 10 lead changes in this game and most of them came in the first three quarters. By the time the fourth quarter rolled around the Wizards had established their shooting and were able to hold back the Nets.
The Wizards shot 55% from the field last night while shooting 50% from the field. The Nets actually shot worse from the field than the Wizards did from three, shooting only 40% overall. They shot 37% from three which correlates to Kyrie and Kevin Durant not playing.
Nets trying to come together
The Nets had an incredible comeback win against the Knicks the other day without their starters, but couldn’t do the same last night. Coach and legend Steve Nash says,
“We have 22 games to come together as a team. Hopefully we have a good run of health where we can really build something in a short period of time.”
The Nets played only 16 games this year with all three of their superstars before deciding to trade away James Harden for Ben Simmons. It has not been decided when Simmons will return, but many people are targeting the Nets’ March 10th game in Philadelphia as a game that would of course be exciting to see him play in.
Both shooting guard Cam Thomas and point guard Patty Mills dropped 20+ points, and Andre Drummond had six points and nine assists.
The Nets were trying to make it three in a row last night after losing 11 straight before that. They really need to hope that Ben Simmons can be a difference maker and help propel them deep into the playoffs.
Rui Hachimura has 13 of his 20 points in the 4th quarter. pic.twitter.com/cONrcwU4Lx
— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) February 18, 2022
Waiting on the Wizards
D.C. fans were blessed to a beautiful 10-3 start from the Wizards. However, they went 4-8 in their next 12 games and just like that we were all back to watching sub .500 basketball. Washington is currently four games under .500, and have gone 4-4 after losing six straight in mid January.
Rui Hachimura put on a show for the Wizards for arguably the first time all season. He shot 50% from the field and was 2/2 from deep. Deni Avdija also balled out, putting up 13 points and eight defensive rebounds. Kyle Kuzma only had 5 points, 5 assists, and 7 rebounds.
The Wizards cover the 4.5 point spread after winning by 14, and also cash as +170 underdogs. The Nets closed as -200 favorites (at Caesars) to win this game at home.