The Washington Wizards won 123-108 over the Miami Heat on Monday night to finish out the 2019 calendar year on a high note.
While many of us (especially me) were excited about Ian Mahinmi scoring a career-high 25 points which I talk about in another post, rookie Garrison Mathews scored a career-high 28 points, including 22 in the first half.
Along the way, Mathews shot 6-of-9 from the floor and 4-of-7 from the three point line. Mathews also shot 12-of-13 from the free throw line.
As a college player, Mathews was best known as a sharpshooter, making 395-of-730 shots from deep over his four-year career at Lipscomb where his team made an NIT championship game appearance earlier this calendar year.
Obviously, this is just one game and we don’t want to crown him as the next Ray Allen. But I’m really pleased to see Mathews step up like this last night in light of Washington’s very injured roster and a collective down performance from the starting backcourt of Isaiah Thomas and Gary Payton II.