So much for predicting the Washington Wizards would start the 2021-22 NBA season on a slow start, at least so far. Washington won 135-134 Friday night over the Indiana Pacers in their first home game this season.
This game wasn’t just Washington’s home opener. It was also head coach Wes Unseld, Jr.’s first home game in that role for Washington. If that wasn’t enough, Wes Unseld, or the late legend (and Wes’s father, Jr.) unveiled a bust in the arena yesterday. All of that, and the late eradication of Bradley Beal due to a hip injury prompted the tam to win tonight.
Neither team led in double digits until the third quarter when Washington went on a 14-0 streak in the third quarter to lead late 104-92. Along the way, Raul Neto looked like he could score at will where he scored 10 of his SDFDSf points. Same thing with Montrezl Harrell.
Indiana was able to reduce the lead in the fourth quarter and was able to secure a 116-115 lead with over four minutes remaining in settlement and was ultimately able to take a 123-117 lead with less than two minutes left after a Chris Duarte three.
With Beal out tonight, backcourt scorer responsibilities have largely fallen on Spencer Dinwiddie’s shoulders. He scored 34 points to lead all the scorers and even scored three points tied with 33 seconds left to bring the score to 123. At that point he even scored eight in a row on his own and the game was gone. in overtime. And even after the Pacers scored 6 straight points to start things off in overtime, Dinwiddie made the game by tying three. And with less than a minute to go, Davis Bertans had a three that decided the game.
Dinwiddie also added 9 assists and only returned the ball once. Washington as a team made just 9 turnovers while handing out 24 assists in total.
In addition to Washington, Bertans collected 17 points, including three from his green light in overtime. And Kyle Kuzma scored 26 points to be Dinwiddie’s sidekick and the best offensive option tonight.
After the game in post-game media, Kuzma said he was a little surprised the crowd was bigger than he expected, based on the preseason numbers. 15,407 people would be present this evening. Hopefully that number increases as the season goes on.
For the Pacers, Myles Turner led all scorers with 40 points, while Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis each scored 28 points.
Washington’s next game is Monday when they face the Brooklyn Nets on the road on Monday. The tip is at 7:30 p.m. ET. See you later!