The Washington Wizards will not go below .500 this season. At least not yet. They beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 110-93 on Thursday night at Capital One Arena in front of their home fans.
Washington had a strong first half, finishing with a 58-51 lead. Bradley Beal scored 21 of his 29 points in his first game back since being in health and safety protocols.
Daniel Gafford was back to his shot-blocking ways, swatting all 5 of his shots in the half as well.
Gaff wasn't having it ♂️— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) December 31, 2021
5 blocks in the first half!! pic.twitter.com/nCiPMcTFcn
Things got even better in the second half was Washington quickly raced off to a double digit lead as they outscored the Cavs 33-21, shooting 63 percent from the field. This dunk by Kyle Kuzma (25 points) was the highlight of the period, at least in my opinion.
By then, the Wizards had the advantage and were in control the rest of the game. There was also some NBA history made tonight, because Jaime Echenique became the first Colombian player to play minutes in a regular season game.
Cleveland was overwhelmed, but Kevin Love and Evan Mobley scored 24 and 21 points, respectively for them.
Miss Fitz makes an appearance at Cap One!
Miss Fitz is here tonight and I think they said she’s going to take a halfcourt shot at halftime. Stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/tUOtiUpTKM— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) December 31, 2021
Yanir and I wrote it into existence! In a preview that we assumed “no one” would read after the Wizards played the 76ers last Sunday of ALL things!
The Wizards honored Kathleen Fitzpatrick, a third grade teacher at Holy Trinity School in Georgetown (the neighborhood, not the university obviously) who made a full court shot at recess to give her class free hot chocolate the following Monday. That shot earned her a lot of worldwide attention.
Fitzpatrick isn’t some random teacher who made a lucky shot. She was a four-year Division I player at St. Joseph’s and Rutgers and was part of multiple NCAA tournament teams. Her most famous teammate? Washington Mystics guard Natasha Cloud.
Washington is finished for the 2021 calendar year. They will play the Chicago Bulls on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET. Stay safe on New Year’s Eve everyone.