Kyle Kuzma scored 20 points and made important baskets down the stretch as the Washington Wizards put aside current struggles to capture a 108-100 highway victory against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday evening.
Kristaps Porzingis poured in 19 details to aid Washington on the interior in a recreation when the Wizards shot just 5 of 19 (26.3 per cent) on 3-stage attempts.
Reserves Jordan Goodwin and Rui Hachimura scored 17 and 16 points, respectively, for the Wizards. Washington gained for just the second time in its previous 7 games.
The Hornets gained 25 points from P.J. Washington, 20 details from Kelly Oubre Jr. and 19 from Terry Rozier, but missing their fifth in a row.
Charlotte was just 5 for 32 pictures (15.6 p.c) from 3-stage assortment and made 11 of 16 free of charge throws.
The Wizards gained despite standout guard Bradley Beal missing his 2nd straight sport due to overall health and security protocols. Despite alterations in the backcourt, the Wizards had been charged with only 14 turnovers.
Kuzma scored a pair of baskets in a one particular-moment span as the Wizards created a 96-89 edge with fewer than 3 1/2 minutes still left.
kp dime. kuz dunk. 🤝 pic.twitter.com/Ymua4fKX6o
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) November 8, 2022
Porzingis dunked for a 102-89 lead to cap an 8- spurt that concluded with about a single moment to perform. Washington responded with a a few-issue perform for the Hornets, but by then the Wizards experienced attained management.
The Wizards manufactured four consecutive absolutely free throws to aid seal the end result.
Charlotte’s reserves mixed to score only 27 points, with 9 of people from Jalen McDaniels.
Irrespective of taking part in a night earlier at Memphis, the Wizards got off to a solid begin with a 26-18 advantage soon after the initially quarter. The Hornets recovered, even though, and held a 48-46 edge at halftime.
Charlotte played one more match without having star stage guard LaMelo Ball, who has been out given that the commence of the period thanks to an ankle personal injury. Dennis Smith Jr. managed only a few factors in his area, even though he shipped 10 helps.
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