Still without one of their star players, John Wall, the Washington Wizards’ chances of making the playoffs are slim to none. Last year, they finished the season 32-50, placing them 11th in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards are currently trying to recover from a 108-100 loss they took in the hands of the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, their first game of the season. Going up against the Oklahoma City Thunder, they will hope to grab a win tonight.
The Thunder, on the other hand, have a new point guard in Chris Paul after receiving him from the Houston Rockets in a trade involving Russell Westbrook. The Oklahoma ball club lost their first game of the season to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, 100-95. Both teams will try to grab their first victory tonight.
The Washington Wizards and the Oklahoma City Thunder have battled each other a grand total of 147 times. Out of those times, the Wizards defeated the Thunder 67 times while the Thunder pulled out 80 victories.
-Troy Brown (calf)
-Ian Mahinmi (Achilles)
-Jordan McRae (finger; 11.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 44.4 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-C.J. Miles (foot)
-Isaiah Thomas (thumb)
-John Wall (Achilles)
-Justin Robinson (coach’s decision; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
Oklahoma City Thunder:
-Andre Roberson (knee)
-Justin Patton (coach’s decision)
-Luguentz Dort (G-League)
-Devon Hall (G-League)
The game would be somewhat competitive in the first half as the Washington Wizards shot forty-four percent from the field while the Oklahoma City Thunder shot forty-two percent. Former Los Angeles Lakers’ center Thomas Bryant scored 14 points on sixty percent shooting, knocking down two three-pointers in the process. Rui Hachimura helped out with 10 points while grabbing two rebounds and giving out one assist.
Two-time All-Star Bradley Beal was kept to just six points while Ish Smith had two points. Isaac Bonga was held to two points, as well, but had two rebounds and two assists to go along with it. Davis Bertans played the most minutes off of the bench but was limited to just five points.
As for the home team, both Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander put up 13 points each. They both had a three-pointer each while Steven Adams recorded five points and nine rebounds. Chris Paul was held to just two points but gave out three assists. Dennis Schroder played 13 minutes off of the bench as he had seven points while the D.C. ball club went into halftime with a 52-46 advantage.
Both teams continued to battle it out in the second half as the Wizards shot thirty-five percent from the field while the Oklahoma team shot thirty-seven percent. Beal added to his scoring total by dropping 11 more points, planting 3 three-pointers in the process. Hachimura contributed with nine points Bertans gave eight points off of the bench. As for the Thunder, Gilgeous-Alexander put up 15 more points but it wouldn’t be enough as the Wizards walked away with a 97-85 victory.
Thomas Bryant finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, a career-high-tying 2 steals, and a career-high-tying 3 blocks. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander earned a career-high 28 points, along with 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks.
The Washington Wizards travel to Texas to take on LaMarcus Aldridge (22.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 53.3 FG%, 100.0 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (1-0) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. The Oklahoma City Thunder will host Stephen Curry (23.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 18.2 3P%) and the Golden State Warriors (0-1) Sunday at 3:30 p.m.