Story By: Sol Tucker
Photos By: Sol Tucker
In the modern-day era of NBA Basketball, it’s becoming very difficult to predict what might happen on any given night. Tonight, was that night in D.C. The Wizards suffer their worst loss in home history as the Bullets or the Wizards as we know them for the last 25 years.
Enter the 2-6 Brooklyn Nets without Kyrie Irving and without a Head Coach and the result for the Wizards, a blow-out loss to a team that seems to have found themselves tonight.
We all know what Kevin Durant is capable of on any given tonight, but as he has done on multiple occasions in his hometown, Durant lit up the Wizards with 28 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.
Durant’s biggest bucket of the night came when he practically sent Wizards Center Daniel Gafford to the hospital with a knee and ankle breaker before hitting the two-point jumper. At this point, the Wizards had basically mailed it in and by halftime, the game was close to over.
Durant kicked off a 27-3 run spanning the end of the first half and the start of the second. That gave Brooklyn an 85-60 lead.
Bradley Beal led Washington with 20 points. Kyle Kuzma scored 19 and Kristaps Porzingis had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
“We had no competitive spirit. We didn’t play hard,” Kuzma said. “We had a couple good runs … and it kind of just got out of hand.”
“It’s embarrassing,” Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “I thought it started with our approach. Our approach was lackluster. I think we thought we could ease our way into a game where we felt they didn’t have a complete complement, roster-wise.”
Washington had its team a full strength, but still could not find a way to defeat a team that was without Kyrie Irving (supsension), James Harden ( Injury) and Ben Simmons (Left Knee Injury
Corey Kispert (left ankle sprain) played for the first time this season and scored two points. … The Wizards went 11 of 41 from the field in the second half.
“Corey just needs to get back on the court and get back to playing the way he did last season. We have a lot of confidence in his game and sure it will continue to develop over the next few weeks,” said Unseld Jr.