Rui Hachimura scored a team-high 20 points and Ish Smith added 19 points for Washington off the bench, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Wizards got run off the floor Tuesday night by the Bucks, 126-113. On paper, getting blown out by the Bucks isn’t a big deal. But, the Bucks were without guys like Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe, and Wesley Matthews - not to mention Giannis Antetokounmpo who was ejected early in the second quarter.
The Wizards started this one ice-cold from the field as they missed their first nine field goal attempts and while taking them five and a half minutes to get their first bucket. Luckily for Washington, they were able to hang around early on as the Bucks were also chucking up brick after brick as they started the game just 2-11 from the field.
Things would get a bit testy between the two squads early in the second quarter. Just minutes into the period, Antetokounmpo drove hard to the hole but Mo Wagner was there to meet him for a charge and a heavy impact collision. Milwaukee challenged the call. On the floor and during the timeout, Wagner and Antetokounmpo continued to jaw back and forth ending with Giannis head-butting Wagner out of frustration and leading to an ejection.
Giannis headbutt Mo Wagner pic.twitter.com/KbUQ2nzBKS— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 12, 2020
Milwaukee was able to get into a flow and got hot from three-point range as they stretched the lead to 15, 53-38 late in the quarter. Rui Hachimura would hit back-to-back threes for Washington as they trimmed the lead down to 10 and trailed 66-56 at halftime.
The Bucks would continue to knock down three-pointers to start the third quarter as the lead ballooned to 19 and they wouldn’t look back. Washington falls 126-113.
The bubble has been a huge disappointment for Washington and their season will come to an end on Thursday afternoon against the Boston Celtics.
Hachimura lets it fly from 3
Rui Hachimura was not shy when it came to three-point shooting tonight. The rookie looked confident in his stroke and although they didn’t all go in, he looked much more comfortable and there wasn’t any hesitation when he’d rise up for three.
Hachimura ended the night 3-9 from distance.
Troy Brown’s first game starting at point guard is a dud
There was a little bit of buzz once it was announced that Troy Brown Jr. would officially be starting at point guard tonight. But Brown would turn in a dud of a performance as he ended the night with nine points (3-15 shooting), and three assists to go along with six rebounds with most of the damage coming after Milwaukee was in full control.