Coming off a stunning win over the Celtics in which the Wizards held Boston to just 57 points, Washington took on the Suns Wednesday night in another NBA 2K20 simulation.
Thanks to Rui Hachimura’s continued excellence and Bradley Beal outplaying Phoenix star Devin Booker, the Wizards secured their second-straight win in the virtual setting.
Here’s a breakdown of the 75-65 win and a few highlights to go with it.
Tale of the tape
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
The Wizards went with the same starting five that stifled the Celtics Monday against the Suns and it worked out wonderfully for them.
PG – Shabazz Napier
SG – Bradley Beal
SF – Troy Brown Jr.
PF – Rui Hachimura
C – Moe Wagner
Meanwhile, the Suns went with an oddly gigantic lineup featuring Booker at point guard, Mikal Bridges at shooting guard, Dario Saric — typically a power forward — at the three and a double center tandem with Aron Baynes and DeAndre Ayton.
PG – Devin Booker
SG – Mikal Bridges
SF – Dario Saric
PF – Deandre Ayton
C – Aron Baynes
The Wizards scoring 54 of their 75 points in the paint was surprising on many fronts.
First, the real-life Wizards weren’t very good in the paint throughout the 2019-20 season. They ranked 26th in paint scoring through their first 64 games.
Then there’s the massive front line the Suns started the game with. Baynes is one of the best interior defenders in the league and he was playing next to two bigs.
If anything, the Suns should have struggled to guard the Wizards’ perimeter players and lock down the paint. This just wasn’t the case.
Rui Hachimura continues to play great
One of the main reasons behind the Wizards’ paint dominance was their rookie forward out of Gonzaga. Hachimura has been arguably the Wizards best player since these 2K simulations began and he continued to be a two-way stud against the Suns.
He finished with 17 points, made a number of difficult layups and attacked the rim nearly every time he touched the ball, seemingly unbothered by the pair of seven-footers looming in the paint.
Also,,, he can JAM pic.twitter.com/GjClngEpKg
— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) March 25, 2020
Judging by the way Hachimura looks in the video game, it’d be very difficult not to hop on 2K yourself and make sure he’s on your roster in franchise mode.
Beal and Booker come alive in the fourth
The game’s biggest stars had been quiet for most of the game. But then the fourth quarter began.
Beal, who had become a scoring machine in fourth quarters during real-life games, went 6-for-8 from the field in the fourth and scored 10 of his 16 points in the final frame.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) March 25, 2020
Booker scored eight of his 14 points in the fourth, but Washington did a good job preventing easy looks for the All-Star guard. He shot 3-10 from the field in the fourth, which helped the Wizards pull away and grab the 10-point win.
Troy Brown Jr. was strong yet again off the bench, scoring 11 points in 14 minutes. He struggled as a starter against the Bucks but has bounced back in a big way since he was replaced by Jerome Robinson.
We had our first replay review in this game. Moe Wagner hit a layup at the end of the second quarter and the referees needed to take another look at it. The basket was confirmed in the end, but it’s good to get Secaucus in the mix.
Be sure to tune in on Friday at 7 p.m. to see the 2K Wizards attempt to take revenge on the Bucks for their loss last week.
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