Davis Bertans is one of the best shooters in the NBA, and the Wizards forward wasted little time proving that once again on Wednesday in Washington's season opener against the Sixers.
Late in the second quarter, Bertans knocked down three consecutive three-pointers, turning what was a seven-point Philadelphia lead into a tie game in a span of just over one minute of game action.
On the first three-ball, new Wizards guard Russell Westbrook found the Latvian Laser open in the left corner for an uncontested shot. After Danny Green scored on the other end, Westbrook once again found an open Bertans off a screen from Moe Wagner.
Then, following a Philadelphia miss at the other end, guard Bradley Beal led the Wizards in transition and found a trailing Bertans, who launched a 28-footer off the back of the rim and in.
The sequence brought Washington right back into the game, one they trailed by as much as 13 points. The Wizards would outscore Philadelphia by five in the second frame and head into the halftime break with a one-point lead.
Bertans' shooting ability off the bench was exactly why Washington signed him to a five-year, $80 million contract this offseason. Last season, his first with Washington, Bertans averaged a career-high in minutes (29.3), points (15.4), rebounds (4.5) and assists (1.7).