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Wizards vs. Hornets final score: Rui Hachimura’s 30 points not enough in 114-104 loss

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The Washington Wizards finish their homestand on a sour note based on the standings, but with a “win: in the draft lottery, if you know what I mean.

Charlotte Hornets v Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura scored 30 points tonight for the Wizards. Washington lost anyway.
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The Washington Wizards (17-29) lost to the Charlotte Hornets (24-22) on Tuesday night.

Rui Hachimura scored 30 points overall, 16 of them in the first half, including this buzzer beater to keep Washington within single digits.

Besides Hachimura’s great performance, there wasn’t much to write home about, though Russell Westbrook getting another triple double with 22 points, 14 assists and 15 rebounds. This dunk was easily the highlight of the night.

The Hornets were clearly in control for most of this game otherwise. Sure, the Wizards were behind by fewer than five points in the fourth quarter. But they still shot better (46.7 percent to 41 percent) and out-rebounded (59-54) Washington.

Terry Rozier led Charlotte with 27 points while Gordon Hayward added 26 more.

I don’t know how much more I can try to sugar coat a Wizards loss, especially now that it’s “put up or shut up time.” At this point, a loss is what it is. The Wizards just aren’t going to make the playoffs at this point, yet it seems like the team is still trying to sell the dream of a 10th seed.

I’m a realist, so I have news for the Wizards right here:

Washington’s next game is on Thursday, April 1 when they head on the road to face the Detroit Pistons. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. ET. I guess that a victory will be “fetch” sort of happening I suppose?