It was going to be a challenging game for Washington, facing the newly formed duo of Kristaps Prozingis and Luka Doncic. Both players are capable of producing individual scoring runs that can give Dallas momentum, often times stunning opposing defenses.
Luka Doncic was able to do just that in the first half. It didn’t matter who the Wizards put on Doncic. He was able to get to his spots and score efficiently, resulting in 20 points in the first half. Dallas ended the half with a 62-48 lead.
The halftime deficit and Doncic’s scoring outburst did little to discourage Washington, as the team continued to battle and cut the lead to single digits in the fourth quarter, by outscoring Dallas 32-17. But Dallas was able to close out the game, ending any hopes of a last minute comeback.
Bradley Beal was ejected from the game with 1:09 left in the game after picking up two quick technical fouls. Both Beal and Doncic received double technical fouls after exchanging a few words. Beal received another technical foul seconds later, for waiving at the referee as a result of the first technical foul.
Although the Wizards weren’t able to pull off the comeback, there were a few great standouts to take away from their season opener. Most notably from the team’s young core.
Rui Hachimura had an outstanding NBA debut, scoring 14 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
Thomas Bryant scored 14 point and pulled down 11 rebounds on 4/9 shooting.
Although Washington’s bench struggled at times throughout the game, Jordan McRae and Mo Wagner gave the team a boost by scoring in double digits.
Washington will look to get back on track on Friday as they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder led by Chris Paul. The Thunder lost their season opener to the Utah Jazz.