The Wizards handed the Spurs their seventh consecutive loss Wednesday night, due in large part to Ish Smith and the team's bench production.
Smith scored 21, Davis Bertans added 21 of his own and Moe Wagner tacked on 13 points as well. The game-clinching run however, came in the form of a 22-3 blitz by the starting unit in the third quarter.
Smith credited his starters after the game, and even took the opportunity to poke fun at Myles Garrett getting suspended for hitting Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with the QB's own helmet.
"They came out in the third, punched [pause] you know not literally," he said. "I can't say too much because Myles Garrett, but punched them literally in the face. We wanted to come in, the second unit, and maintain [the lead]."
Garrett has been suspended for the rest of the NFL season for what he did to Rudolph. What he did isn't exactly a joking matter, but it's pretty amusing how it popped into Smith's mind as soon as he mentioned figurative punching.
If Smith can help the Wizards' bench sustain the starting unit's punches throughout the game, opposing defenses won't know what hit them.
The challenge then, of course, becomes actually playing defense.
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