Two in a Row:
In the words of the philosopher Aubrey Drake Graham, the Washington Wizards are “Going Back to Back” with their second straight win, a 107-101 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. When Washington got the news that the Bucks star player Giannis Antetokounmpo would not play due to an illness, their chances of winning increased.
Despite the Greek Freak not playing, the Wizards trailed by eight points at halftime. In the second half, the Wizards outscored the Bucks by 12 to get their second straight win and a much-needed win on the road. Jabari Parker had a good all-around game for the Bucks finishing the game with 28 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. The rookie Malcolm Brogdon had a strong performance 22 points, five assists, and three steals. Despite strong play from these two, the Wizards refused to let the Bucks take this win and held them off down the line.
The biggest play of the game came with 39.3 seconds left in the game on an inbound pass by Otto Porter, finding a wide open Markieff Morris to give the Wizards a 106-101 lead. Morris ended the game with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals. Bradley Beal led the team with 26 points. The Wizards have struggled with bench play the entire season, but Kelly Oubre, Jr., was the only one that got the message. Oubre finished Sunday’s game with 17 points, but Washington only had 25 total bench points and was outscored by Milwaukee’s bench 37-25. All-star John Wall finished with 16 points and seven assists. This win puts the Wizards at 18-18 and gives them the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference.
The next game for Washington will be against the Chicago Bulls at home Tuesday night. The first time these two teams met, the Bulls sealed a 106-95 victory in Chicago. Washington got their revenge in the next game in Chicago, beating them 107-97. In their last matchup, Washington had one of their best bench performances of the season, scoring 33 points. If they want to secure another win against the Bulls, they need to repeat this again at home. This matchup will different from the last two because point guard Rajon Rondo has been benched and now have inserted Michael Carter-Williams as their starting point guard. In addition, the Wizards will have to stop the duo of Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade. This will be a big game for the D.C. home team as they have the chance of moving up into the 7th spot over the Bulls.