The Wizards returned to Capital One Arena after their tour of the West, and they did so by reconnecting with victory. The Washington team took the game against the Timberwolves 115-107 to clinch their 14th win, allowing them to remain in second place in the East and continue to confirm themselves as one of the surprises of the season. Wes Unseld Jr.’s men are now only 1.5 games behind the conference leaders, the Nets, a situation that not even the most optimistic people imagined after 22 games played.
The citizens of the capital had to work to add the victory, since the duel always moved on very even terms, but their good work in the last quarter allowed them to reach the end with a certain margin and not go through excessive difficulties. A 12-3 run in the middle of the fourth period gave them that advantage, granting them an income of 10 points (110-100) that, although not excessively large, was the maximum of the game and they did not waste it.
Montrezl Harrell, with 27 points, was once again in charge of commanding the scoring of his team, and he also did it on an extraordinarily efficient night. The pivot only missed one of his 12 shots to the basket, as all of them arrived in the paint, where he knew how to become strong and punish the visiting defense time after another. The former Lakers thus signed his best game since his arrival in Washington, at least in terms of scoring contribution, and added 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
Bradley Beal and Daniel Gafford, with 19 and 18 points respectively, were also in charge of adding, and they did so also standing out in other facets. The guard added 9 assists and 6 rebounds to his locker, while the center signed his third double-double of the season with 10 sacks. On the other hand, Davis Bertans was another of the good news of the night, because, after accumulating a 1/22 in the shot in their last four games, the Latvian managed to meet again and go up to 15 points with a 5/6.
Dangerous Towns Fall
If the Timberwolves were in the game until the end, it was in large part because of the great work of Karl-Anthony Towns, whose 34 points and 10 assists made him finish as the most outstanding man. However, he could not be with his team until the end, as he had to abandon the crash after suffering a severe blow to the back with 2 minutes remaining, which ended up weighing down Finch’s options. This action took place after the pivot finished a penetration to the basket with a dunk, because he could not hold the ring well and ended up falling and hitting himself forcefully against the ground.
The player was subjected to X-rays after the crash, and luckily these seem to indicate that everything has been a hard blow. We’ll see if it can be available for the next game, but at least it has avoided major damage in an action that could be truly dangerous.
Anthony Edwards, with 25 points, was also in charge of nurturing the Timberwolves offense, something that D’Angelo Russell could not do. The point guard finished with a poor 3/18 in the shot (1/12 in triples), which made him stay at 10 points and sign a rather gray clash.
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