Khris Middleton led the way for Milwaukee scoring a game-high 22 points as the Bucks knocked off the Wizards on Sunday evening, 115-108.
Six Washington players scored in double-figures led by Bradley Beal with 20 followed by Thomas Bryant who added 17. It wasn’t Rui Hachimura’s best game as the rookie struggled from the field but he still managed to notch a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
The Bucks remain perfect in the preseason with a 4-0 record whereas the Wizards fall to 2-2 and won’t play another home game in Capital One Arena until October 30th, when they take on the Houston Rockets in their regular season home opener.
Thomas Bryant has a terrific night
Thomas Bryant was stellar for Washington in the first half. If it weren’t for Bryant, the Wizards would have likely found themselves in a much deeper hole early on. Bryant connected on his first three-pointer of the game from the corner in what would be a preview of things to come. The big man stayed hot from range connecting on all three attempts from distance in the opening period en route to 10 first quarter points.
After drilling another three-point attempt from straight away to start the second quarter, the big man stuck to his bread and butter of cutting hard to the hole for easy finishes at the rim and putting pressure on the defense in the painted area, which resulted in free-throw attempts.
The big man connected on 6 of 13 shots (46 percent) for 17 points to go along with five rebounds on the night.
Rui Hachimura struggles on the offensive end
Rui Hachimura couldn’t buy a bucket tonight. There was a sequence early in the second half where Hachimura found himself close in to the hole and all he had to do was scoop it in but he missed both layup attempts. It was just one of those nights for the rookie who ended the evening with 10 points on 4-13 shooting - not to mention, going just 1-8 from the free throw line.
It wasn’t Hachimura’s finest shooting night, however, he wouldn’t let that ruin other aspects of his game. He continued to bring energy evidenced has notched 3 steals and grabbed 12 rebounds - 7 of which coming on the offensive end.
The rookie is going to have many more nights like this where his shot isn’t falling. The main thing for him is, he’ll need to stay active defensively and continue to crash the boards on those nights to stay engaged like we saw tonight.
Wizards let it fly from 3
Washington was not shy about letting shots fly from three-point range tonight. After a slow start in the first quarter, the Wizards would connect on 6 of their next 10 three-pointers to take their first lead of the ballgame. Thomas Bryant was hot from range knocking down his first four attempts and Davis Bertans provided a nice spark for Washington as he connected on his first two three-point attempts in the half.
After connecting on half of their three-point attempts (6-12) from distance in the first quarter, things cooled down for Washington as they went just 3-10 from range in the second quarter.
The Wizards continued to let the rock fly from three in the second half as they hoisted up 24 more three-point attempts and connected on 10 of them. Washington ended the evening 19-46 (41 percent) from distance.
What’s next for Washington?
The Wizards head to Philadelphia on Friday, October 18th to take on the 76ers in their final tune-up before the regular season.