Anyone who lapped into the home team's locker room through the soaked red carpet could feel how much fun the Washington Wizards had on Friday night. After Wizards & # 39; 113-106's victory on the Milwaukee Bucks, teammates Tomas Satoransky christened water bottles to celebrate his first triple-double career as a professional.
"I appreciate [how] they showed me such a love, "said Satoransky." It is a great feeling when they are happy for you. I really appreciate the gesture. "
Even before Satoransky had been in the shower early, everyone who watched the magicians played an aesthetically pleasing (mostly) and modern version of basketball against the second-best team in the Eastern Conference to tell how efficiently the grid would look like if it plays its potential. Washington, one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the league, linked a franchise market with 18 made three-pointers, as each starter was connected to at least one starter.
"We were not the ones who were on ourselves when we missed photo", Jeff told Green about his teammates, who were in 28th place in a three-point percentage and entered the game on Friday. "We knew we could take pictures, we did not make them at the given time, but now we are."
Both Satoransky's performance – 18 points and team heights in rebounds (12) and assists (10) – and the 54.5 percent accuracy of the three-point arch team were unexpected surprises. Satoransky hunts the right game, not statistics, and spent much of the fourth quarter waving passes that might have led to sales.
It was a different kind of night for the Wizards, who are often the victims of the hot shooting of opponents; on 19 December, the Houston Rockets set an NBA record by drilling 26 three-pointers.
Friday closed a strong week for the Wizards (18-25) in their new normal time after John Wall's seasonal closing operation. On Sunday, the team won for the first time in Oklahoma City since the Thunder / SuperSonics franchise moved to the midwest. After successive wins over the Philadelphia 76ers and Bucks, two of the top four teams in the Eastern Conference, the Wizards have won six of their last seven in Capital One Arena.
Although an eruption of Tuesday night's outburst in Philadelphia was wedged between the three versions, the Wizards ended the six-day trajectory with the kind of momentum that would have to propel them through the second half of the season.
"Our team is totally different from the beginning of the year, boys are injured, we have boys and the boys we have activated, it is only to adapt those guys and to adapt to the role of everyone", said guard Bradley Beal. "It's just a matter of bringing it together, and I think we're finally ready to go around the corner."
Against the Bucks, who did not play early MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo, Beal provided more work for rival coaches to consider when casting his votes for All Star game 2019: 32 points (11 of the 21 shootings), seven assists, five rebounds and three steals. He has played a tear and is 58.3 percent of the field in the last three games. But late in the fourth quarter against the Bucks, Beal was obsessed by helping Satoransky to collect his 10th assist.
"I try to give him a triple-double during the game," Beal said. "I was under the basket and told him to throw it, he would not throw it in. Eventually we came to a simpler game."
While there were still 1:43 in the game, Satoransky raised a pass on the edge when Beal jumped up for the dunk. The pass that was registered as Satoranky's 10th assist and completed the triple-double teammates seemed to want more than he did.
"Keef actually told me:" You have to take it! You have to take it! Satoransky said about the injured teammate Markieff Morris who watched from the bench. "And actually screaming at Brad because he called that game because he did [knew] I was one who was shy of it. & # 39;
Although the end was focused on Satoransky's milestone, the Wizards passed the ball through the entire game, thus creating one of their best shooting nights of the season. Half of Satoransky's assists led to three-pointers for his teammates, and with a further 2:27 Beal drove the baseline, drew the defense and struck an open Trevor Ariza in the corner for his sixth triple and 18th team the team.
In general, the Wizards ran a game plan that would receive applause from the analytical crowd: 54 points from beyond the arc, 36 near the edge and another 15 from the free throw line.
"We passed the ball well, we split it well," coach Scott Brooks said. "If we have Otto [Porter Jr.] now to the court, we have an extra shooter with Trevor. He was obliged to make some of the three of them. & # 39;
After the speckled three teammates Satoransky were drinking water.
"I think it was Ian [Mahinmi]. I think it was his idea, "Satoransky said, smiling. "That was a Euro-on-Euro crime."
Beal over the water-beaten carpet was just as likely to be the victim of the drenching: "My fucking safe was wet, so I was not that enthusiastic about it," he said. But if a team shows this kind of excitement and plays it efficiently, the game can only be described in one way.
"You never forget the fun," said Beal, "and tonight we had a lot of fun."
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