On a day that should have been the final game of the regular season for the Wizards, that is, before the NBA season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Washington wrapped up its slate of NBA 2K simulations with an impressive victory over the Pacers.
There was a slower tempo to the game, Victor Oladipo struggled shooting the ball and Bradley Beal and Rui Hachimura paced the Wizards' offense once again.
The Wizards finished 10-3 in the 2K simulations with Wednesday's 69-57 win over Indiana, so let's get into how Washington got another win.
Grinding out a win
As we've already stated, this game was a bit slower than usual, so there was a good chance that whoever controlled the rebounding battle would ultimately win the game. That's exactly what happened.
Washington outrebounded the Pacers 42-36 and was led in that department by Thomas Bryant, who collected 14 rebounds in 22 minutes of action. Moe Wagner also chipped in with his patented hustle play on the offensive glass.
It also helps in a grind-it-out type of game to get to the free-throw line as much as possible. The Wizards went 14-of-14 from the line and Indiana was a measly 3-for-4. The Wizards ultimately won by 18, so the disparity at the charity stripe certainly played a key role in the result here.
Offense was hard to come by for both teams Wednesday night so all it took to win the game was the right run at the right time.
The Wizards ended up going on such a run when it mattered most, outscoring the Pacers in the fourth quarter 20-13 and shooting 50% from the floor in the final frame. It also helps that Washington made five of their last six shots.
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Rui Hachimura was strong once again, scoring 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting, and Jerome Robinson was really good as well with 10 points in 19 minutes. The two players combined for 12 of the team's 20 points in the fourth quarter.
Everything that happens with the Pacers on either end of the floor typically starts and ends with Victor Oladipo. The All-Star wing struggled mightily from the floor in this one, making just two of his nine attempts for just four points.
With Oladipo not being able to generate offense, Indiana turned to TJ Warren, a talented yet inefficient scoring option. Warren led the way for the Pacers with 14 points in 18 minutes, though it wasn't enough to keep the Wizards from taking this game.
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