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Takeaways from Wizards' impressive win over Bucks

Takeaways from Wizards' impressive win over Bucks

Looking like a more stable team minus the dropoff with the second unit, the Wizards won their second game in a row as they came behind in a tough matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, 110-105.

The Wizards (9-13) trailed 100-95 but went on a 10-0 run to have the lead in the final 90 seconds. 

John Wall (24 points, 11 assists), Bradley Beal (20 points) and Markieff Morris (15 points, 9 rebounds) led the Wizards in a game that was closely contested from start to finish.

Otto Porter (10 points), Marcin Gortat (9 points, 14 rebounds) and Kelly Oubre (19 points, 9 rebounds) also contributed. It was Oubre's career-high in scoring.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (28 points, 13 rebounds) led the way for Milwaukee, playing on the second night of a back-to-back. Mirza Teletovic (25 points) was a spark off the bench along with rookie Malcolm Brogdon (11 points). John Henson (14 points) did most of his damage in the first half.

Porter and Oubre had clutch buckets in the last five minutes cut the deficit to 98-95 as they overcame two bad pass turnovers from Wall in transition late.

Wall made up for it by pushing the pace no matter what, and a twist of screens by Gortat freed him for a layup and a 101-100 lead with 3:03 left, Oubre had a steal and dunk and Beal a layup to shut the door.

--Antetokounmpo is a difficult matchup for anyone because of his length and size at 6-10. Porter needed more help as he has trouble with bigger, more physical players. The Wizards were more successful when they doubled with a guard and forced him to make a decision with the ball. He had seven of Milwaukee’s 20 turnovers.

--The second unit, led by Oubre and Trey Burke, went on a 12-0 run to erase a 32-23 deficit to start the second quarter. Morris played with them, including Andrew Nicholson and Marcus Thornton. By the time be re-entered for Thornton at 7:26, it was all. Wall came in one minute later for Burke. Not having to erase a big deficit meant neither backcourt starter had to log unusually high minutes, either.

--Teletovic registered DNP-CD’s in the previous two games for Milwaukee. He was instant offense in his first 10 minutes with eight points, making 2 of 3 three-point shots. He signed a three-year deal for $30 million this summer, leaving Phoenix, and is the type of stretch option the Wizards probably could’ve benefitted from off the bench considering their struggles scoring.

-- Morris and Gortat had their opportunities because of the way the Bucks defended the pick-and-roll. They trapped and doubled Wall and Beal. That meant the pocket pass was there or the rebounds off misses. The Wizards shot just 38.8% in the first half but the duo had 15 of their 25 rebounds. The Wizards had four more overall, including plus-10 on the offensive glass.

-- Oubre’s energy and defense has rocketed him up the rotation. He played more than anyone on the bench, 29 minutes, and almost had his second career double-double by halftime (nine points, seven rebounds). Oubre also finished the game with Porter again instead of Morris when the Wizards made the late run.

-- Jason Smith dropped from the rotation as he played just 21 seconds to end the second quarter, but he made two shots in the fourth quarter to steady them.

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This date in Wizards history: Bradley Beal sets franchise record for single-season 3-pointers

This date in Wizards history: Bradley Beal sets franchise record for single-season 3-pointers

For the better part of eight years, three-point shooting in Washington DC was synonymous with the name, Gilbert Arenas. 

He was an electric shot-maker and was one of the NBA's revolutionary offensive players, paving the way for a wave of score-first guards like Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving. Before Arenas set the franchise record for threes made in a season with 205, the previous record was only 158 held by Tracy Murray in 1997-98. He introduced a different level of marksmanship to this town. 

On this day, three years ago, the man who will go down as the best shooting guard in Wizards history set a new standard from three-point range. Against the Clippers in a late-season contest, Bradley Beal hit his 206th three of the season. He would go on to make 223 triples in 2016-17. 

2016-17 was a breakout year for Beal and the Wizards. He averaged 23.1 points per game, the first time he'd averaged over 20 while his teammate John Wall set career-highs in scoring, assists, steals and field goal percentage. 

Washington won 49 games and made it to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, but in this particular game, they weren't as successful. The Clippers won the game 133-124 thanks to Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and JJ Redick combining for 107 points. 

LA's incredible output from their stars spoiled 27 points from Beal and a 41-point, eight-assist and seven-rebound performance by Wall.

The Clippers went on to finish the season as the fourth seed in the Western Conference, only to lose in the first round to the Jazz thanks to another untimely injury to Blake Griffin. 

The Wizards, as stated before secured the fourth seed in the East, beat the Hawks in six games in the first round and then fell to the Celtics in the second round. It remains the longest playoff run for Beal and Wall. 

Beal may have to watch out for his teammate Davis Bertans, though. At the time of the NBA's suspension, Bertans was at 200 made threes with 18 games to play. Once the season picks back up, the Latvian Laser is in prime position to set a new franchise record. 

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LeBron James scores 36, Wizards still top Lakers in NBA 2K simulation

LeBron James scores 36, Wizards still top Lakers in NBA 2K simulation

These 2K simulations certainly do agree with the Wizards. Coming off a stunning victory over the Bucks Friday, Washington turned around on the second night of a back-to-back and beat the Lakers 73-66 at virtual Capital One Arena. 

LeBron James was a one-man wrecking crew for LA, Bradley Beal led the scoring attack for the Wizards and Thomas Bryant got revenge on the team that waived him. 

Here's how the Wizards picked up their fourth-straight 2K win. 

Offensive rebounds

The Lakers are one of the biggest teams in the NBA with James, Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard playing heavy minutes, but it was the Wizards who dominated the boards in this one. 

Bryant led the way for Washington on the glass with seven of his 13 rebounds coming on the offensive end. The Lakers shot the ball significantly better than the Wizards (47% to 39%) but Washington was simply overwhelming them on the glass to create more opportunities. 

Washington grabbed 18 offensive rebounds compared to the Lakers' eight, and it ended being the major difference in the result. 

LeBron's one-man show

The real-life Lakers' biggest weakness is their lack of playmaking outside of James. In a game where James had everything working for him, the Lakers struggled to get anything going whenever he didn't have the ball. 

Rajon Rondo struggled mightily despite tallying eight assists (2-11 FG) and Davis had a bad game relative to his standards (10 points, one rebound, three blocks).

I'd be curious to see what virtual LeBron would have to say about his teammates after this particular game. 

Thomas Bryant's revenge

As we stated before, Bryant was waived by the Lakers after his rookie season and his virtual self took it all out on his former team Saturday night. 

He dominated the boards and once again protected the paint in a way that would make Elvin Hayes proud. He finished with eight points, 13 rebounds and five blocks. 

With Bryant playing the way he has been the last few simulations, the Wizards' defense has been exceptional. Outside of defensive versatility, having a strong defensive center anchoring the defense is paramount to an effective unit. 

Other parting thoughts

Jerome Robinson continues to play well as a starter, scoring 13 points in 19 minutes. The Wizards didn't get that long of a look at Robinson before the NBA suspended its season.

After acquiring him at the trade deadline in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, it'd be another steal by Tommy Sheppard if Robinson can play like this consistently in real life. 

Instead of erupting in the fourth quarter to help the Wizards secure a win, Beal went off for 14 points in the third this time. He finished with 24 points and went 12-for-30 from the field.

Markieff Morris made a return to DC in this one. The Lakers uniform looks weird on him. 

It's hard to capture just how quick Ish Smith is in a video game, but this spin move came pretty close. 

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