Story By: Sol Tucker
Photos By: Sol Tucker
Over the past several weeks the Wizards have put together a nice series of victories that were all about finding that one player to get it done in the second half and close out when the other team was able to pull close. Tonight, it was Kristaps Porzingis that got it done again for the Wizards in a 102-92 victory over the Ja “Morantless” Grizzlies 102-92.
Porzingis led the way with 25 points tonight after putting up 31 against Utah on Saturday night. This victory tonight gave the Wizards 4th straight victory.
Deni Avdija pitched in with 21 points, matching a career high in scoring.
After the game Wizards Head Coach Wes Unseld Jr commented on another well-rounded team game.
“That was a point of emphasis for us, that even though they have a couple guys out, this is one of those games you have to be careful,” Unseld Jr. said. “They’re going to play free and easy; they’re going to play physical. They’re going to play hard — guys who get more opportunities.”
Washington played again tonight without Bradley Beal, who is still getting back into playing shape after going through health and safety protocols.
Memphis who seemed to really miss the absence of Ja Morant tonight as they really struggled to find the go to guy late in the fourth quarter then they were able to hold the Wizards to an 8- or 10-point lead.
The turning point in the game tonight for the Wizards was the 11-2 run near the end of the third quarter to extend what had been a one-point lead. The Wizards led 85-78 in the fourth when Will Barton dunked to push the advantage to nine. That was the start of an 11-4 spurt.
Washington will have a few days off after two back-to-back games before they face OKC on Wednesday night.