The Wizards’ first victory in 11 video games, a 113-110 win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night time, was doable as a result of they lastly capitalized on their alternatives — and turned in a 15-0 run within the closing minutes.
For some time, it appeared this may be one other letdown for Washington (12-20) after its 17-point third-quarter lead melted away with a 12-0 run by Phoenix (19-13) that bridged the third and fourth quarters. Nevertheless it had been 43 days for the reason that Wizards’ earlier street win — they couldn’t let one other probability slip away.
They had been with out Kristaps Porzingis (non-covid sickness), however the Suns had been lacking 5 key gamers and taking part in on the second night time of a back-to-back. Main scorer Devin Booker confirmed up for the beginning of the sport to gather the Western Convention’s Participant of the Month award for October and November earlier than he sat out with groin soreness.
Cameron Payne (foot) missed his fourth straight recreation, Jock Landale (concussion protocol) missed his second, and Josh Okogie was out with proper hip soreness. Cameron Johnson remained sidelined with a meniscus tear and has performed simply eight video games this season.
However even once they’re shorthanded, the Suns aren’t schlubs. On Monday, they hammered the Los Angeles Lakers, who had been with out LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook, behind 28 factors from level guard Chris Paul and 21 from middle Deandre Ayton.
Bradley Beal and Kuzma wouldn’t allow them to pull off the identical trick twice.
Beal shot 1 for 8 within the first half however rebounded to rattle off 16 factors within the fourth quarter that made up for a couple of late-game flubs. In a single occasion early within the fourth, he ended up on his backside after getting blocked on a fast-break layup try, grabbing his personal rebound and getting fouled on one other layup strive — then missed the following free throws.
Kuzma added eight factors within the last quarter, and Deni Avdija had 9.
Beal completed with 27 factors on 8-for-20 taking pictures and went 11 for 14 from the free throw line. He added six assists and 6 rebounds. Kuzma had 29 factors, six assists and 6 rebounds, serving because the staff’s sturdy basis as Beal discovered his type.
Avdija added 16 factors and 10 rebounds for his second double-double in three video games. In Porzingis’s place, middle Daniel Gafford had 12 factors and 9 rebounds in his first begin of the season.
The Wizards shouldn’t have wanted such a frantic stretch within the first place.
They had been crisp within the first half and held Phoenix to 18 factors within the second quarter. Beal had a poor taking pictures begin however started the sport with a couple of wonderful passes that helped set up some fluidity on offense. Kuzma and Gafford mixed for twenty-four factors within the first half, and piecemeal contributions from the bench helped make up for Beal’s low output.
Washington had capitalized on 12 Suns turnovers to take a 17-point lead halfway via the third quarter. However you won’t have recognized which staff was mired in a protracted dropping streak, judging by the equal ranges of hustle on the court docket — Phoenix took simply over 4 minutes to slim its hole to 5.
The Wizards stayed only a nostril forward via the third by attending to the free throw line, however a three-pointer by Landry Shamet simply earlier than the buzzer kicked off a surge that put the Suns on prime by 10.
Shamet, who had a game-high 31 factors, hit one other three-pointer as the sport ended, however by then Washington had performed sufficient.
Be aware: Porzingis missed his second recreation of this six-game street journey — he sat out Wednesday’s loss at Denver with again tightness — after he started to really feel ailing Tuesday morning. Coach Wes Unseld Jr. stated Porzingis returned a damaging coronavirus check and was hopeful he was experiencing nothing greater than a one- or two-day bug.