The Washington Wizards defeated the Charlotte Hornets 132-116 in the 2023-2024 NBA regular season at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte on Monday night.
Both Washington and Charlotte were struggling at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Both teams were desperate to seize this game and turn things around.
It was the Wizards who were more hungry for a win. Ace Kyle Kuzma was up to the task, playing 31 minutes and 19 seconds, finishing with 33 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and 54.2% (13-of-24) shooting from the field.토토사이트
The standout performance was the bench scoring. Outside of Kuzma, Washington’s starting lineup combined for just 27 points on the night. Jordan Poole also struggled offensively with 11 points on 25.0% (3-of-12) shooting. Washington won the second unit battle, however.
Danilo Gallinari and Delon Wright each scored 18 points. Landry Shamet scored 15 points, including three 3-pointers, and Corey Kispert added 12. As a result, the Wizards outscored Charlotte 72-23 in bench points.
The game really came down to second unit time in the second quarter. Gallinari was in hot shooting form, scoring 13 points in the second quarter. Shamet added seven points as Washington closed the second quarter on a 41-17 run.
Wright said in his postgame interview, “We came out with a lot of energy, especially Corey Kispert and Landry Shamet on the three-point line. I thought we executed the game well, making quick passes and trusting each other.”
Kuzma and head coach Wes Unseld Jr. also applauded the performance of the bench.
“You have to give credit to the guys coming off the bench,” Kuzma said. They played a phenomenal game today and really helped the team and got us the win,” Kuzma said.
“The bench did an unbelievable job,” said Unseld, Jr. They impacted the game on both offense and defense. We are fortunate to have players like that.”