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Wizards coach Scott Brooks describes Kobe Bryant's impact on the sports world

Wizards coach Scott Brooks describes Kobe Bryant's impact on the sports world

The news of Kobe Bryant's death shook sports fans everywhere on Sunday, after multiple reports confirmed he was killed in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles. 

The DC sports world reacted to the shocking news on social media along with the rest of the country not limited to just sports personalities.

Before the Wizards took on the Hawks in Atlanta Sunday night, Scott Brooks fought back tears when discussing Bryant and his overall impact. 

"Words can’t describe and it doesn’t do any justice to who he is and how he impacted the sports world," Brooks said. "The guy had a mentality that you want your team to play with."

Brooks' family lived nearby Bryant's, as their kids went to the same school. From time to time, Brooks said he spent time with Bryant in the offseason. Brooks never coached Bryant, but he spent years competing against his Lakers teams. 

"Not many guys, if any, played the game better," he said.

Bryant played 20 seasons in the NBA, all with the same team in the LA Lakers. He won five championships, two Finals MVPs, one MVP award and was named to an All-NBA team 15 times. 

2020 marks the fifth year since Bryant retired from the NBA, meaning he's eligible to be elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. The 2020 class is set to be announced at NBA All-Star weekend in February. 

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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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