Even though the win-loss record might not be ideal, the 2019-2020 season was still an entertaining one for the Wizards. From watching Beal score at a high level seemingly every game, to the development of guys like Wagner, Hachimura, and Brown Jr, to a few other surprise performances.
There were plenty of memorable Wizards moments during what will go down as one of the craziest NBA seasons ever.
Wizards vs Rockets 10/30/2019
October 30, 2019 is a day DC sports fans will always remember. That was the night when the Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the world series. Wizards fans stayed post game to catch the ending of Game 7 on Capital One Arena’s big screen.
Before watching the Nationals win their first World series in franchise history, Wizards fans were treated to a highly entertaining game. The final score was a ridiculous 159-158.
Unfortunately, the Wizards weren’t able to come away with the win. But no one went home disappointed, because the Wizards showed promise on the offensive end. Bradley Beal scored 46 points. Rui Hachimura, in his first regular season home game, scored 23 points. Davis Bertans scored 21 points on 6 threes.
But what we forgot about is Isaiah Thomas’ 17 points and 10 assist game off the bench. That stat line is normally reserved for starters. But Isaiah did that in 24 minutes off the bench.
Houston’s superstars showed up as well, making the game even more entertaining. James Harden scored 59 points, while Russell Westbrook put together a triple double.
Wizards vs Timberwolves 11/15/2019
Washington’s first match up against Minnesota on November 2, ended in a 131-109 blowout loss at home. There is no better motivator for a basketball team than revenge.
The Wizards indeed got their revenge on November 15, with a 137-116 blowout win in Minnesota. Bradley Beal scored 44 points, but that wasn’t the best performance of the game.
In 25 minutes off the bench, Mo Wagner scored 30 points on 15 shots and grabbed 15 rebounds. Wagner became the first reserve since Yao Ming to scored 30 points and grab 15 rebounds.
Wizards vs Heat 12/30/2019
We all know what happened after this pregame interview. Garrison Matthews scored 28 points against the Heat, with 22 of those points coming in the first half. Matthews made 4 threes to go along with 12 free throws.
The Wizards were without Bradley Beal going into this game. Other Wizards needed to step up if they were going to take down one of the best teams in the conference.
When it comes to other guys stepping up, the Wizards got more than they asked for. Ian Mahinmi had arguably his best game as a Wizard, scoring 25 points on 10-11 shooting.
Jordan McRae and Ish Smith scored 29 and 19 points respectively. Both players dished out at least 7 assists.
In my opinion, this game will down as the most enjoyable victory of the 2019-2020 season. Mahinmi and Matthews aren’t players you expect to go off on the offensive end the way the did against Miami. But they did, and you could see how much their teammates where enjoying every minute of it.
It was also the last game of the 2010s for the Wizards. The 2010s was an up and down decade for the Wizards, and it was nice to end it on a good note.
Wizards vs Celtics 1/6/2020
Bradley Beal was out due to injury, and the Celtics were in town. The Wizards were going to need guys to step up like they did against Miami on December 30.
Once again, the Wizards got more than they asked for. Troy Brown Jr had one of his best games of the year, scoring 15 points and grabbing 9 rebounds. 3 out of the 5 starters scored in double digits.
The player of the game was Ish Smith, who scored 27 points of the bench. Although Smith came off the bench, he was the point guard Coach Brooks elected to go with to close the game out. Smith didn’t disappoint, as he knocked down a couple key shots to help the Wizards extend their lead.