For a good portion of the game, it looked very promising for Washington. They had the lead for the majority of the first half. Going up against a struggling Pelicans teams without Zion Williamson, this was a great opportunity for Washington.
Not just to get back in the win column, but to get some confidence. Washington has battled hard in the Orlando Bubble. It appeared that a win maybe inevitable for Washington, after a solid outing against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be. After a solid first half performance, Washington was outscored 37-25 in the third quarter. They were never able to established their rhythm after New Orleans turned up the intensity on the defensive end. Once New Orleans led by 16, it was game over for Washington.
What hurt Washington in this game was the lack of production from the second unit. New Orleans second unit had a 44 to 17 advantage on Washington’s second unit.
Thomas Bryant continued his great play, with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Bryant also shot 9 for 18 from the field, accumulated two steals, and blocked two shots.
The rest of the starting lineup played well offensively. With Hachimura, Bonga, Smith, and Brown Jr combining to score 68 points.
The Wizards are back in action on Sunday as they get set to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder. It will be an early tip off at 12:30 pm.
After Sunday’s game, the Wizards will play the Bucks on Tuesday before finishing out their 2019-2020 season on Thursday.