The Washington Wizards lost to the Miami Heat 113-112 on Thursday night in their 2018-19 regular-season opener. Here are five plays or moments worth revisiting...
Five Must-See Moments from Wizards vs. Heat
Someone was in the Halloween spirit. Two weeks before the holiday arrives, Kelly Oubre Jr. is already wearing costumes.
He showed up to the game wearing chains and holding a skull. Perhaps this was intended to send a message to his arch-rival, Kelly Olynyk, who now plays for the Heat:
More on Oynyk later...
2. Flashes of brilliance from Wizards bench
Though the Wizards' bench produced mixed results, there were many moments where they flashed the potential to be much-improved year-over-year. The guard combination of Tomas Satoransky and Austin Rivers, in particular, is enticing.
On this play, they were on the same page as Rivers caught the defense sleeping and Satoransky found him with a well-timed bounce pass:
3. Jason Smith makes the most of opportunity
With Dwight Howard out, head coach Scott Brooks had to turn to Ian Mahinmi as the starter and that meant Jason Smith as his backup. Smith had an uneven night battling Hassan Whiteside, but made some nice plays on the offensive end.
On this one, he finished an alley-oop assisted by Wall:
Smith also had this dunk just a few minutes earlier:
Smith had four points and six rebounds.
4. Wall-Star Mode
This was the best play of the night. Wall, who had been getting into the lane with ease for much of the first half, exploded to the rim and threw down one of his signature left-handed hooks:
Wall had 26 points, nine assists, three blocks, and a steal.
5. Olynyk sinks Wizards ... again
Okay, back to Olynyk. He was booed all night by Wizards fans, who remember his incident with Oubre in the 2017 playoffs, but the Heat center had the last laugh. He was in perfect position to grab an offensive rebound and lay it in for the go-ahead points in the final seconds:
That was Miami's 22nd offensive rebound of the night. What a tough way for the Wizards to lose their opener, on a complete lapse in focus right when it counted most.
BONUS: Oubre stays hyped
Oubre didn't have a great shooting night, as he went 2-for-8 from the field and 0-for-3 from three, but he did a nice job attacking the rim. On this play, he cleaned up a miss with a killer putback slam.
The only problem is that he got a technical foul for taunting Whiteside right after.
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