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NBA 2K20 Wizards simulation: Bench comes up big in win over Thunder

NBA 2K20 Wizards simulation: Bench comes up big in win over Thunder

The Washington Wizards season, along with the rest of the NBA, has been put on hold for at least 30 days due to the spread of the coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find out what might’ve happened in postponed games. In an effort to see how Wizards games could have played out, I started a season on the video game NBA 2K20 for the PlayStation 4 console. This also will allow us to see results of other games to determine how the final playoff picture could shake out.

It seems as though virtual Scott Brooks learned his lesson from Friday’s loss to the Celtics, where Davis Bertans played just 14 minutes and finished with four points. In Sunday’s simulation of the Wizards’ home matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Bertans played 26 minutes and scored 21 points to give Bradley Beal a much-needed complimentary scorer.


Beal had an off night shooting -- 11-for-29 -- but still recorded a game-high 27 points, as the Wizards cruised to a 123-107 victory that never seemed in doubt. OKC entered the game as the fifth seed in the Western Conference, so this was a huge upset for Washington. But a bigger surprise than the result was the fashion in which it happened.

The Wizards led by as much 23 and had six different players score in double digits.

Washington Wizards        32 25 37 29 [123]

Oklahoma City Thunder   21 26 26 34 [107]

Top Performers - Wizards

Bradley Beal: 27 Pts (11-29 FG)

Davis Bertans: 21 Pts (8-13 FG), 4-7 (3-pt FG), 5 Reb

Isaac Bonga: 14 Pts (6-8 FG), 5 Reb

Rui Hachimura: 12 Pts (6-9 FG), 10 Reb


Top Performers - Thunder

Danilo Gallinari: 23 Pts, 8 Reb

Chris Paul: 20 Pts, 6 Ast, 3 Stl

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast

Steven Adams: 14 Pts, 17 Reb, 5 Ast

Bench Scoring

Three of Washington's double-digit scorers -- Bertans, Ish Smith (12 points) and Troy Brown Jr. (12 points) -- came off the bench. The Wizards’ bench outscored the Thunder’s 55-21 and was a big factor in why this game got out of hand. Jerome Robinson (+26), Brown and Moritz Wagner (+25 apiece) had the best plus/minus' in the game.


Fast Start

It wasn’t until the third quarter when the Wizards pulled ahead by at least 20, but they first built a double-digit lead in the first quarter. The Wizards made all seven of their free throws and clamped down on defense to build a 32-21 lead by the end of the quarter.

Contesting Shots

Washington blocked 11 shots in the game, including five in the first quarter. OKC shot just 10-of-29 (34%) that quarter and finished the first half just 39% from the field. Shot making improved for the Thunder in the second half, but Washington offset it with even better offense. The Thunder were only able to get free for 12 three-point attempts the entire game, knocking down five of them.

Next Game: It’ll be a back-to-back for the Wizards. They’re set to head north Monday to face the Philadelphia 76ers in the first game of a three-game road trip.

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Rui Hachmiura takes water break, uses real waterboy in NBA 2K20 Player Tournament victory

Rui Hachmiura takes water break, uses real waterboy in NBA 2K20 Player Tournament victory

He may have not been on an actual basketball court, but Rui Hachimura must have still broken a sweat during his NBA 2K matchup with Donovan Mitchell on Sunday.

He needed a real-life water break - and even had some help from a waterboy.

Hachimura, the 13 seed, took on four-seed Mitchell in the NBA 2K20 Player Tournament, and came out with a 74-71 victory. 

The winner of the tournament receives $100,000 to go to a charity in support of coronavirus relief efforts.

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Wizards continue win streak, beat Pacers in 2K simulation

Wizards continue win streak, beat Pacers in 2K simulation

The Wizards picked up their sixth-straight win in eight games in Sunday night’s NBA 2K simulation, beating the Indiana Pacers 67-51 on the road.  

Bradley Beal wasted no time getting things started, knocking down an early three to put the Wizards on the board.   

Later in the second, Beal proved just how difficult he is to guard. With an assist from Davis Bertans, Beal finished with a huge slam to lift the Wizards over the Pacers 30-28, closing out the half.

Beal finished the game with 23 points in 21 minutes. 

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Rui Hachimura shows off

The rookie set the tone with a big alley-oop dunk in the first quarter, extending Washington’s lead by seven. He had 12 points at the end of the first half with 10 in the paint. 

Hachimura came back fueled up in the third, knocking the ball loose from T.J. Warren with a steal and dunk. 

 

Hachimura finished with 20 points, four rebounds and three steals. 

Game of runs 

Washington took advantage of a set pace to take an early lead over Indiana. The Wizards started the game with both a 7-0 and 13-2 run in the first quarter. 

The Pacers used their defense to answer in the second, taking the lead on a 22-6 run before the Wizards followed with a 16-6 run to end the quarter 35-30 at the half.

It got pretty close early in the third when Indiana went on a 9-4 run to cut the lead to 39-38 but the Wizards were able to fully reload going on a 13-2 run.

The Wizards would go on to continue the run to 29-9 later in the fourth to extend the lead to 19 with 35 seconds left.  

Washington had 11 offensive rebounds, nine steals (eight of which came in the second half alone) and 21 assists on 27 made field goals. 

Big man in the paint

Thomas Bryant controlled the boards with 15 rebounds.

The 2K Wizards look to continue their winning streak as they return home to virtually host the Toronto Raptors, the reigning NBA champions on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. 

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