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Wizards' 2019-20 regular season schedule released: Lakers, Zion Williamson come to D.C. late in year

Wizards' 2019-20 regular season schedule released: Lakers, Zion Williamson come to D.C. late in year

The Washington Wizards' 2019-20 regular season schedule is out with their opener set for Oct. 23 on the road against Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks. The Wizards will begin their season with three road games against Western Conference teams and seven of their first 11 away from Capital One Arena.

The Wizards will play on New Year's Day this season. That one is at home against the Orlando Magic. They also play the Detroit PIstons at home in their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee.

The Wizards will see the new-look Rockets with Russell Westbrook in just their fourth game of the season, on Oct. 30. They won't play first overall pick Zion Williamson and the Pelicans until April 1. That game is at home with their second meeting not long after, on April 13 in New Orleans.

The L.A. Lakers, now with Anthony Davis, will come to town on March 28. And the Wizards will play the revamped Clippers twice in eight days in December with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George coming to Washington on Dec. 8.

Here is the full schedule...

OCTOBER

10/23 - at Mavericks
10/25 - at Thunder
10/26 - at Spurs
10/30 - vs. Rockets

NOVEMBER

11/2 - vs. Timberwolves
11/4 - vs. Pistons
11/6 - at Pacers
11/8 - vs. Cavaliers (ESPN)
11/13 - at Celtics
11/15 - at Timberwolves
11/17 - at Magic
11/20 - vs. Spurs
11/22 - vs. Hornets
11/24 - vs. Kings
11/26 - at Nuggets
11/27 - at Suns
11/29 - at Lakers

DECEMBER

12/1 - at Clippers
12/3 - vs. Magic
12/5 - vs. Sixers
12/6 - at Heat
12/8 - vs. Clippers
12/10 - at Hornets
12/14 - at Grizzlies
12/16 - at Pistons
12/18 - vs. Bulls
12/20 - at Raptors
12/21 - at Sixers
12/23 - at Knicks
12/26 - at Pistons
12/28 - vs. Knicks
12/30 - vs. Heat

JANUARY

1/1 - vs. Magic
1/3 - vs. Blazers
1/4 - vs. Nuggets
1/6 - vs. Celtics
1/8 - at Magic
1/10 - vs. Hawks
1/12 - vs. Jazz
1/15 - at Bulls
1/17 - at Raptors
1/20 - vs. Pistons
1/22 - at Heat
1/23 - at Cavaliers
1/26 - at Hawks
1/28 - at Bucks
1/30 - vs. Hornets

FEBRUARY

2/1 - vs. Nets
2/3 - vs. Warriors
2/7 - vs. Mavericks
2/9 - vs. Grizzlies
2/11 - vs. Bulls
2/12 - at Knicks
2/13-20 - ALL-STAR BREAK
2/21 - vs. Cavaliers
2/23 - at Bulls
2/24 - vs. Bucks
2/26 - vs. Nets
2/28 - at Jazz

MARCH

3/1 - at Warriors
3/3 - at Kings
3/4 - at Blazers
3/6 - vs. Hawks
3/8 - vs. Heat
3/10 - vs. Knicks
3/13 - at Celtics
3/15 - vs. Thunder
3/16 - at Sixers
3/18 - at Nets
3/20 - at Hawks
3/21 - vs. Bucks
3/23 - vs. Celtics
3/25 - vs. Suns
3/27 - at Bucks
3/28 - vs. Lakers

APRIL

4/1 - vs. Pelicans
4/3 - vs. Sixers
4/5 - at Pacers
4/7 - vs. Raptors
4/10 - at Rockets
4/11 - at Hornets
4/13 - at Pelicans
4/15 - vs. Pacers

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Davis Bertans' incredible start to the season, by the numbers

Davis Bertans' incredible start to the season, by the numbers

Davis Bertans was on fire once again on Tuesday night in the Wizards' loss to the Charlotte Hornets, as the Latvian Laser continues his breakout season in Washington hitting threes at a historic rate. Here are some numbers to put what he is doing in perspective...

32

Bertans had 32 points in Tuesday's game, the ninth time he has scored 20 or more already this season. He had scored 20-plus points only three times previously in his career.

6

Bertans has made six or more threes in a game six times already this season, including four times this month. Before he joined the Wizards, he had done it twice as an NBA player.

8

Bertans is one of only seven players in Wizards/Bullets franchise history to make eight threes or more in a game. The others are Gilbert Arenas, Trevor Ariza, Bradley Beal, Bojan Bogdanovic, Rex Chapman and DeShawn Stevenson. Only Beal (nine) and Ariza (10) have made more than eight.

92

Bertans has made 92 threes through 23 games this season. The ony players who have made more through this point in NBA history are James Harden and Stephen Curry. The previous high for a Wizards/Bullets player was 72 (Arenas).

328

The 92 threes in 23 games has Bertans averaging four per game and on pace to make 328 on the season. Only two players have ever made 300-plus threes; Harden and Curry. The record is 402, by Curry in 2015-16.

4

Bertans has made four threes or more in six straight games and five or more in four straight. Both are franchise records. During this six-game stretch, Bertans is 36-for-71 (50.7%) from long range.

9.6

Bertans is making most of his threes on catch-and-shoot plays and leads the league in most related categories. He is tops in the NBA in points off catch-and-shoot plays (9.6/g), field goals made (3.2/g) and three-pointers made (3.1).

70.8

A whopping 70.8 percent of Bertans' shot attempts this season have come from three-point range. The next highest percentage for a Wizards player is 34.6 percent, by Moe Wagner.

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Ish Smith helps mop the court during a timeout

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Ish Smith helps mop the court during a timeout

As a guard, Ish Smith is asked to do a lot on the court. Pass, shoot, and defend, the Wizards need him to do it all in order to succeed. On Tuesday, however, Smith demonstrated another on-court intangible that isn't always seen from NBA players: cleaning.

During the final moments of what would be a 114-107 loss to the Hornets, the game came to a halt in order to mop up a wet spot on the court. Smith happened to find himself near the large mop under the baseline, grabbed it and began helping out the worker. 

Overall, it's pretty good form here from Smith. He bent his knees, extended his arms and had a solid motion with the mop. Smith finished the night with 13 points and five assists in the boxscore, but this sixth assist was his most innovative.

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