The Wizards supported the comparison early in the game; in particular thanks to their rebounding activity; embodied by Montrezl Harrell; and his devastating tap dunks (31-32). Washington’s well-licked transition game also allowed Daniel Gafford to shine in turn with a serve from Kyle Kuzma (44-41).
Until the 14-3 hit by the Hornets before the break; marked by the heat stroke of LaMelo Ball; author of 12 of the 14 points in the series concluded by two huge 3-point missiles (50-59).
The gap rose to +17 after returning from the locker room after two three-point baskets by Terry Rozier and a “hook” by Mason Plumlee (57-73). It was at this time that Washington began its comeback; with the Holiday-Beal-Harrell triplet on the wand to take the locals to -10 to 12 minutes from the end (73-83).
Then it was a 7-0 fueled by Spencer Dinwiddie’s 3 points and Montrezl Harrell’s layup in transition that put pressure on Charlotte in the “money-time” inning (93-97). The Hornets then came out with a triple from Gordon Hayward; a 2 + 1 from LaMelo Ball. In the closing seconds of the game; when Washington had fallen to -2 on 3 points from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope; it was Terry Rozier who put the winning shot; also 3 points; in the head. From KCP (103-109).
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– The Wizards’ failed comeback. Washington recently showcased all his talents in the art of comeback with astonishing success against Miami. This time again; they were not far from taking the lead after being up to 17 points behind; until Terry Rozier 3 points with 13 seconds remaining.
– Another “masterclass” for LaMelo Ball. The second-year point guard continues to confirm with another great performance tonight: 28 points; 13 rebounds; 7 assists and 3 steals. He was especially one of those who allowed Charlotte to widen the gap with a warning passage late in the first quarter; and he was also present when the Wizards’ advances had to be pushed back late in the game.
TOPS / FLOPS
✅ Terry rozier. The former Celtics winger delivered his best game of the start of the season with a magnificent 3 points 8/11 and therefore this missile that sealed the victory of the Hornets. A service close to perfection.
✅ Montrezl harrell. The interior of the Wizards was once again a model of combativeness in this game. He posed a lot of trouble for the Hornets with his 18 rebounds; including 7 offenses; and again distinguished himself by his efficiency near the circle (24 points for 10/13 shooting).
✅⛔ Bradley Beal. It is not necessarily a bad game for the rear. He was notably one of the players who helped ease the 17-point delay at the start of the third quarter. He was even quite complete with 7 rebounds and 9 assists. The only problem; his lack of shooting ability (5/18) ended up costing his team dearly; especially since he also lost four balls.
The number: 65
Despite the loss; the Wizards exercised impressive rebound dominance with 65 receptions. There are 20 offensive rebounds in this crop and there is an abysmal gap with the number of rebounds grabbed by Charlotte; who took only 36; but left with the gist; an eleventh hit in 19 games.
Washington (11-6) : The Wizards travel to New Orleans on Wednesday.
Charlotte (11-8) : The Hornets continue their “road trip” in Orlando this Wednesday.
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