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Wizards Shine on Day Before Trade Deadline, Knock Off Hornets, 118-103

Porzingis Again Made Things Happen for the Wizards Late in the Game When It Mattered.

Story By: Sol Tucker

Photos By: Sol Tucker

Washington, D.C–

On the night before the final day of the NBA trade deadline, the Wizards played like they had everything they needed in place for the second half of the season with 118-103 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

Washington had another stellar performance by Kristaps Porzingis leading the way with 36 points.

Deni Avdija had 20 points and 13 rebounds and Bradley Beal had 17 points and 10 assists for the Wizards, who broke open a close game in the third quarter and handed the Hornets their fifth straight loss.

The third quarter was a pivotal one of the Wizards when Porzingis went off for 18 of his 36 points in the quarter. He finished the game with 8 made three pointers. After the game he was asked about the overall team performance and what went on in that quarter.

“A lot of it is in the mind, you know,” Porzingis said. “I just knew that I was going to shoot the ball well. Even after the first half I was like, second half, it’s going down.”

The game tonight from Avdija was a good sign, as the Wizards have not gotten much production from him at all during the past three games they have lost.

With the victory tonight, Washington finishes the season series with the Hornets with a 3-1 edge.

The Wizards return home on Saturday night to finish the season series against the Pacers and then head out on a pivotal road series after the All-Star Break.

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