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Wizards stay unbeaten, take out Nuggets to begin road trip

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Wizards stay unbeaten, take out Nuggets to begin road trip

The Washington Wizards beat the Denver Nuggets 109-104 on Monday night at the Pepsi Center. Here's analysis of what went down.

Jokic bumped Brooks: A strange moment happened in the final minute that helped change the course of this game. Nuggets center Nikola Jokic bumped Wizards head coach Scott Brooks during a timeout, earning a technical foul with :32 seconds left. The Wizards were up just two points, but Bradley Beal hit a free throw and then a layup on the ensuing possession to give the Wizards a five-point lead and essentially seal the win.

Here is the play. It's not something you see very often:

Porter may be taking another leap: Otto Porter (17 points, 10 rebounds, four steals) was a standout in the first two games because of his hot starts and that continued on Monday. Porter came out rolling with 12 points in his first 15 minutes. He made it look easy with his midrange game, consistently knocking down 15 to 20 foot jumpers. 

Porter clearly looks more assertive and confident, showing no hesitation particularly early in games. The Wizards saw John Wall and Bradley Beal quickly get much better after signing their max deals and Porter looks intent on following their lead. If he can achieve consistency in dropping 15+ points per game while doing all the things he already does, the Wizards could reach new heights.

Backup point guard a positive: Yeah, you read that right. For as much trouble as the Wizards have had solving the backup point guard position, all was right on Monday night. Tim Frazier had easily his best game since joining the Wizards after going scoreless in his first two outings. His first made shot as a member of the Wizards was a buzzer-beater at the end of the first quarter from about 35 feet out.

Frazier lit a spark with 10 points, so did Tomas Satoransky. After not playing in the Wizards' first two games, he checked in late in the second quarter and immediately hit a hook shot and a three. Satoransky is on the outside of the rotation looking in, but he made the most of a brief opportunity on this particular night.

Those two guys helped buoy Wall (19 points, 12 assists) and Beal (20 points, five rebounds). Any time pressure can be taken off of them is a good thing.

Jokic is legitimate: We don't see much of Nuggets center Jokic on the East Coast and he didn't score a single point in his last game before playing the Wizards, but on Monday Jokic showed that he is the real deal. The guy came out swinging with 12 points on 5-for-5 from the field in his first eight minutes. By halftime he had 16 points, five rebounds and three assists. There are so many good, young big men these days that Jokic gets overlooked, but he does just about everything well. Jokic finished with 29 points in 35 minutes.

Smith still out: Jason Smith didn't play in this one as he missed his second straight game with a sprained right shoulder. Considering Markieff Morris (sports hernia surgery) is also out, meaning the Wizards are missing both of their power forwards, this undefeated start is no small feat. The Wizards are 3-0 for the fourth time in team history and the first time since 2005. The other two times they did so were the 1978-79 season and the 1974-75 season. Both of those years they lost in the NBA Finals. Thanks to a Raptors loss on Monday, the Wizards are the only remaining undefeated team in the East.

Up next: The Wizards move on to Los Angeles to play the Lakers at the Staples Center. That means Wall vs. Lonzo Ball. The game tips at 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.

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NBA Draft 2018: Mavs trade up to select Luka Doncic, send Trae Young to Hawks

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NBA Draft 2018: Mavs trade up to select Luka Doncic, send Trae Young to Hawks

The Dallas Mavericks traded up two spots to select Luka Doncic with the No. 3 overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The Mavericks swapped its first round pick, No. 5 overall, with the Atlanta Hawks, who then took Oklahoma star Trae Young.

The Hawks had been interested in trading back to select Young all week.  

Along with the No. 5 overall pick, Dallas will send a 2019 protected first round pick, according to Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania. No players are involved in the trade.

Doncic, the 19-year-old guard, dominated in Europe this past season. He was named EuroLeague MVP, finishing the year averaging 14.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists over 25 minutes per game.

Young broke out in his freshman season at Oklahoma, leading the Sooners to a March Madness berth. He scored 27.4 points and picked up 8.7 assists per game, leading the country in both categories.

Young will likely become the replacement to Dennis Schroder, who is expected to be traded by the Hawks.  

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2018 NBA Draft Results: round-by-round picks, updates, live tracker

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2018 NBA Draft Results: round-by-round picks, updates, live tracker

The 2018 NBA Draft is finally here and with the Phoenix Suns on the clock and Arizona center DeAndre Ayton expected to be the No. 1 overall pick, the Thursday night festivities can get underway.

The NBA Draft is arguably the best non-sporting sports event of the Summer, with the best college and international basketball players ready to find out which teams they will begin their professional careers with.

From booms to busts, draft night trades and shocking selections, the NBA Draft provides a lot to unpack.

Here are the results from the 2018 NBA Draft, with live updates and analysis on every first and second-round draft pick.

2018 NBA Draft First Round Results

PICK (1): Phoenix Suns select C Deandre Ayton (Arizona): Ayton is a big-bodied center with classic post moves and a 7-foot-5 wingspan. You can't pass him up.

PICK (2): Sacramento Kings select F Marvin Bagley III (Duke): Bagley is an explosive frontcourt player who should thrive in today's NBA.

PICK (3): Atlanta Hawks traded draft rights of SG Luka Doncic (Slovenia) to the Dallas Mavericks: We have our first Woj Bomb!

Doncic can go to his left or his right and is a big-time shotmaker. He might be the best overall player in this draft, it's just going to be in Dallas instead of Atlanta.

More on the Atlanta Hawks-Dallas Mavericks trade here.

PICK (4): Memphis Grizzlies select F Jaren Jackson Jr. (Michigan State): Jaren Jackson is a modern big man in today's NBA. He might be the best overall defender in this draft.

PICK (5): Dallas Mavericks traded draft rights of PG Trae Young (Oklahoma) to the Atlanta Hawks: Hawks GM Travis Schlenk was an Assistant GM in Golden State with Steph Curry. Trae Young can be Schlenk's version of Steph Curry in Atlanta.

PICK (6): Orlando Magic select C Mohamed Bamba (Texas): Mo Bamba's 7-foot-10 wingspan is the longest in this draft and his defensive prowess and rebounding will make him a contributor immediately.

PICK (7): Chicago Bulls select F Wendell Carter (Duke): The second Duke Blue Devil off the board in the 2018 NBA Draft is an insane rebounder and has a well-rounded offensive game and good footwork. The Bulls know what they're getting in this draft with Wendell Carter.

PICK (8): Cleveland Cavaliers select PG Collin Sexton (Alabama): He may play with LeBron James in Cleveland, he might not. Regardless of LeBron's decision, Collin Sexton is a ball-dominant point guard who's extremely quick and impressive on defense.

PICK (9): New York Knicks select F Kevin Knox (Kentucky): Kevin Knox is a volume scorer, something the Knicks need with Kristaps Porzingis sidelined with a knee injury. Knox can knock down shots from inside and out, which bodes well for his NBA career.

PICK (10): Philadelphia 76ers select SF Mikal Bridges (Villanova): A two-time national champion, Mikal Bridges can fill up the basket from all over the court and is a solid defender. He's a prototypical 3-and-D player.

PICK (11): Charlotte Hornets traded the draft rights to PG Shai Gilgeous Alexander (Kentucky) to the Los Angeles Clippers: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a high-character, versatile guard, who some argue is the best overall point guard in the 2018 NBA Draft. (Player profile)

ANOTHER WOJ BOMB!

PICK (12): Los Angeles Clippers select

PICK (13): Los Angeles Clippers select

PICK (14): Denver Nuggets select

PICK (15): Washington Wizards select

PICK (16): Phoenix Suns select

PICK (17): Milwaukee Bucks select

PICK (18): San Antonio Spurs select

PICK (19): Atlanta Hawks select

PICK (20): Minnesota Timberwolves select

PICK (21): Utah Jazz select

PICK (22): Chicago Bulls select

PICK (23): Indiana Pacers select

PICK (24): Portland Trail Blazers select

PICK (25): Los Angeles Lakers select

PICK (26): Philadelphia 76ers select

PICK (27): Boston Celtics select

PICK (28): Golden State Warriors select

PICK (29): Brooklyn Nets select

PICK (30): Atlanta Hawks select

2018 NBA Draft First Round Results

PICK (31): Phoenix Suns select

PICK (32): Memphis Grizzlies select

PICK (33): Dallas Mavericks select

PICK (34): Atlanta Hawks select

PICK (35): Orlando Magic select

PICK (36): New York Knicks select

PICK (37): Sacramento Kings select

PICK (38): Philadelphia 76ers select

PICK (39): Los Angeles Lakers select

PICK (40): Brooklyn Nets select

PICK (41): Orlando Magic select

PICK (42): Detroit Pistons select

PICK (43): Denver Nuggets select

PICK (44): Washington Wizards select

PICK (45): Brooklyn Nets select

PICK (46): Houston Rockets select

PICK (47): Los Angeles Lakers select

PICK (48): Minnesota Timberwolves select

PICK (49): San Antonio Spurs select

PICK (50): Indiana Pacers select

PICK (51): New Orleans Pelicans select

PICK (52): Utah Jazz select

PICK (53): Oklahoma City Thunder select

PICK (54): Dallas Mavericks select

PICK (55): Charlotte Hornets select

PICK (56): Philadelphia 76ers select

PICK (57): Oklahoma City Thunder select

PICK (58): Denver Nuggets select

PICK (59): Phoenix Suns select

PICK (60): Philadelphia 76ers select

Before the draft: The NBA Draft always brings questionable fashion decisions. This year is no different. Trae Young is wearing a shorts suit and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is wearing ... whatever he's wearing. Colin Sexton is wearing a suit WITH HIMSELF on the inside.

Ah the annual shoes with spikes photo. This year, the shoes are on the feet of Collin Sexton and Marvin Bagley III