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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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