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Wizards use strong finish against 76ers to pull out another 2K simulation win

Wizards use strong finish against 76ers to pull out another 2K simulation win

In yet another close finish, the Wizards won their fifth game in seven tries in Friday night's NBA 2K simulation. They managed to take down the visiting Philadelphia 76ers 74-69, who were no doubt hindered by the absence of young star Ben Simmons. 

Bradley Beal starred with 28 points in the game, including 10 in the first quarter, but it was Shabazz Napier who sealed the deal with eight points in the decisive fourth quarter. With 30 seconds left in the game, Napier rebounded his own miss and found Thomas Bryant for a short jumper to seal the victory.

Napier finished with 14 points and 6 assists, and he and Beal combined to go a perfect 8-8 at the free throw line in the game.

The young guard also dished it out, including one of the game's biggest highlights when he found a flying Rui Hachimura above the rim.

Here are some key takeaways from the Wizards' latest win.

Strong runs bookend the game

The Wizards struggled in the middle of the game, but they both started and finished strong.

Buoyed by their strong defense, the Wizards took advantage of Ben Simmons' injury to completely stifle the 76ers early. After the first quarter, Washington led 19-10 and looked like they might run away with the game. 

After allowing the 76ers to chip away in the second and third quarters, the Wizards found themselves trailing midway through the fourth quarter. Then, Napier and Beal took over once more, combining for 14 points in the quarter during a key 18-4 Wizards run.

Strong paint performance

The Wizards allowed Philadelphia to record seven blocks in the game, but otherwise dominated in the paint. Even without Ben Simmons on the floor, 76ers center Joel Embiid couldn't get going, finishing the first half with zero points.

On the other side of the court, the Wizards saw great production from their frontcourt. Thomas Bryant has been consistently pulling in rebounds in recent games, and that remained true with nine more boards Friday night.

Moe Wagner was all over the place for the Wizards as well, just missing a double-double. He finished with 9 points and 11 rebounds, to go along with 3 blocks.

Overall, the Wizards outscored the 76ers 46-32 in the paint in the game. 

Wizards overcome lack of 3-point shooting

In the era of pace-and-space, it's rare to see a team win without shooting the ball well. But that's exactly what happened Friday night. While the Wizards enjoyed a big advantage in the paint, they struggled to find their shots from beyond the arc.

Washington made just two 3-point shots in the game, attempting only six. Bradley Beal missed his only attempt from long range, and notorious marksman Davis Bertans finished the game with zero total shot attempts.

The 76ers' shooting night wasn't much better. Philadelphia finished 6-of-18 on three-point shots, with Tobias Harris making half of those thanks to a 3-for-5 night.

Other parting thoughts

Beal may not have had the game's biggest highlights, but even in the virtual world he cannot be stopped from scoring.

Scoring 28 points in 26 minutes is the definition of a video game statline. His 12 points in the third quarter were crucial in keeping the Wizards in the lead.

Rui Hachimura may not have had his best statistical performance, but one of the top rookies in the league managed to impress with his court vision.

There are few things more beautiful in (virtual) basketball than great defense turning into easy transition offense.

Having won five of their last seven games, the 2K Wizards will head to Indiana Sunday to take on a quality virtual Pacers team. 

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You may see John Wall riding his bike through D.C. on a nice day

You may see John Wall riding his bike through D.C. on a nice day

If you go (somehow) outside in the D.C. area these days, there is a chance you might see Wizards point guard John Wall riding his bike.

As he aims to stay in shape during the NBA's hiatus, he has incorporated long bike rides throughout the region as part of his routine. Wall has even highlighted some of his routes on Instagram.

He discussed the bike rides on Tuesday while addressing the media about his coronavirus charity program called '202 Assist,' which provides rental assistance to low-income D.C. residents.

"I love when I go out there and people be surprised it's me. They don't think it's me riding a bike," he said.

Wall recently shared an Instagram post from one Wizards fan who filmed him out and about. He says he has enjoyed hearing from fans when he's out in the city.

"It's something that I love to do. I like to interact and see other people out there riding when it's a nice day outside in D.C.," he said.

One route Wall put on Instagram showed he biked nearly 40 miles. He started in north Arlington, VA and traveled all the way down into southern Alexandria. That's not your run-of-the-mill bike ride, so good luck trying to match it.

Wall also indicated he has biked through D.C. around the Wizards' practice facility in Ward 8. And it helped inspire him to launch '202 Assist.'

"Me riding around, I get to see everything," he said. "Going through the Ward 8 area, I see a lot of people that are sometime waiting in lines to get meals or people that can't afford anything."

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How John Wall is helping D.C. residents in need during COVID-19

How John Wall is helping D.C. residents in need during COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone, some much more than others, and John Wall is ready to help.

The Wizards point guard has set up a charity initiative called '202 Assist' which will provide rent money to people living in the Ward 8 section of Washington, D.C. Ward 8 is where the Wizards' practice facility is located.

Wall understands how the staggering economy has affected those who were already less fortunate and is hoping to raise $300,000 by June 22 to provide help.

"I know Ward 8 is the most devastated place in D.C. They are going through tough times as a less fortunate area," Wall said. "I want to make sure they can pay their rent for the next month or two, or for however long we can make it can happen."

Wall believes Ward 8 is a good place to hone in on because many of the residents live in poverty and may not have the money to make rent, especially if their jobs have been affected directly by the city's stay-at-home order.

"I'm always over there every day constantly seeing what's going on in the community. I think it's a great idea to help them out," he said.

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Wall is partnering with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on this initiative. He has also donated protective masks and meals to hospital workers recently through his charity foundation. The hospitals he focused on were the ones that treated his mother during her battle with cancer.

Wall has a tendency to give back to those in areas that have hit close to home. In the case of '202 Assist,' he is helping out those who are in situations he lived through as a kid in Raleigh, NC.

"I just know at times you might not have a roof over your head or nothing to eat at times. That was a big factor for me," he said.

Wall also recently donated to the 'Pros for Heroes' charity program helmed by Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Wall said he would love if Zimmerman helped out with '202 Assist' to return the favor.

For more information, and to donate to the cause, visit the '202 Assist' website.

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