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No. 22 Missouri cruises past Vanderbilt 81-59

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No. 22 Missouri cruises past Vanderbilt 81-59

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Jabari Brown scored 21 points, Alex Oriakhi tied a career high with 18 and No. 22 Missouri cruised to an 81-59 victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday.

Missouri (15-4, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) led 49-20 at halftime thanks to an early 32-2 run spanning 11:47. After going 5 of 27 on 3-point attempts Tuesday against South Carolina, the Tigers hit 11 of 21 Saturday, including eight in the first half in a rare fast start.

Rod Odom matched a career high with 17 points for Vanderbilt (8-10, 2-4).

The Commodores scored the first eight points of the second half and later narrowed the deficit to 56-39 with 14:39 remaining but got no closer despite making 15 of 30 shots after the break.

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WATCH: Davis Bertans makes six straight threes vs Sixers

WATCH: Davis Bertans makes six straight threes vs Sixers

In a season with plenty of lows and only a few highs, Davis Bertans has been a very pleasant surprise for the Wizards this season. 

Thursday night against the Sixers, Bertans got insanely hot from three-point land in the first half. He hit six straight from three and the led a 29-11 run by the Wizards that gave them a 10-point lead over one of the best teams in the East. 

He scored 22 points in just 17 minutes of play and was single-handily roasting a top-three defense in the NBA. 

The Wizards acquired him from the Spurs using a trade exception, meaning all they gave the Spurs in return for his services was salary cap relief. 

Watching the game after undergoing finger surgery, Jordan McRae was loving the show Bertans was putting on against Philly. 

Roughly 20 games in, he's proved to be the Wizards' second-best player behind Bradley Beal.

He's unfortunately a free agent after this season, so if the Wizards want to retain his sharp-shooting prowess they'll have to pay a decent sum with a relatively weak free-agent class. 

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John Wall is dunking during pregame warm-ups again

John Wall is dunking during pregame warm-ups again

John Wall isn't expected to return to the court for the Wizards this season, but his recovery from Achilles surgery seems to be going well. 

Before Washington played to host to the Sixers Thursday night, Wall was dunking in his pre-game workout doing his patented left-handed slam. 

With Wall out for the year, the Wizards have taken the opportunity to develop their youth in Rui Hachimura, Troy Brown and Moe Wagner in high-pressure situations. 

The last time Wall played for the Wizards it was with a stale roster that needed re-shuffling. When he comes back, presumably at the start of next season, he'll have an exciting new group to dish assists to every night. 

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