Story By: Sol Tucker
Photos By: Sol Tucker
There were a lot of good things that happened for the Wizards today… returning players.. a great first half of scoring… then the second half rolled around a very good Utah Jazz team found their rhythm in route to a 127-116 victory.
So what was the big difference in the final outcome? Rudy Gobert and Jordan Clarkson.
The pair combined for 36 second-half points, spaced the floor well together, and as the game went on started to get more of a feel for playing off of each other
“They have a very balanced line-up of scorers and they found a way to get hot in the fourth quarter,” said Wizards Head Coach Scott Brooks.
Bojan Bogdanovic stepped up in a big way for the Jazz in this one, who were missing Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley Sunday.
The former Wizard torched the nets for 33 points on 12 in-23 shooting and reminded every Washington fan in attendance what could have been had they not let him walk to the Pacers in free agency.
Washington did have the best news in over 20 games that both Bradley Beal and Thomas Bryant would be on the court today. Beal led the way for the Wizards with 25 points in just 27 minutes of action. Bryant had 8 points in 15 minutes on the floor.
” I think once these guys get back into a playing rhythm, they are going to help guys like Ish and IT have a little less load and the open shots will come when the defenders collapse on Brad or TB in the paint,” said Brooks.