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After a busy day at the trade deadline, Wizards hang on to beat the Brooklyn Nets, 113-112

Brooklyn Nets v Washington Wizards
Wizards forward Rui Hachimura
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The Washington Wizards beat the Brooklyn Nets 113-112, but the bigger stories for both teams were the moves they made at the NBA’s annual trade deadline.

Brooklyn collaborated with the Philadelphia 76ers to make the biggest headlines by swapping James Harden for Ben Simmons. The full deal:

Brooklyn received:

  • Ben Simmons
  • Seth Curry
  • Andre Drummond
  • Two first round picks (2022 — unprotected, and 2027 — protected)

Philadelphia got:

  • James Harden
  • Paul Millsap

Tommy Sheppard and the Wizards made three trades to correct mistakes and find new homes for guys who weren’t happy in Washington. The biggest of these was acquiring Latvian big man Kristaps Porzingis. Here’s the quick breakdown of the deals:

Washington received:

  • Kristaps Porzingis
  • a future 2nd round pick

Dallas received:

  • Spencer Dinwiddie
  • Davis Bertans

Washington received:

  • a trade exception
  • cash considerations

Phoenix Suns received:

  • Aaron Holiday

Washington received:

  • Ish Smith
  • Vernon Carey Jr.
  • possibly a 2nd round pick

Charlotte Hornets receive:

  • Montrezl Harrell

Oh yeah, there was a game too.

Both teams have had a rough go lately. The Wizards were 2-8 over their last 10, and the Nets came to DC on a nine-game losing streak. For the first 28 minutes, it seemed like the Wizards were playing well, but they were trailing. Then they went on a tear, opening a 13-point fourth quarter lead before Brooklyn clawed back to make things close at the end.

For the Wizards, Rui Hachimura had his best game of the season — 12 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks in 22 minutes. He shot 5-8 from the floor and knocked down a pair of threes.

Thomas Bryant also played his best game since coming back from a torn ACL — 13 points on 9 field goal attempts, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks in just 20 minutes. He also wasn’t a train wreck defensively.

Washington also got an outstanding performance from Raul Neto (21 points on 9 field goal attempts, and 6 assists in 31 minutes), and solid games from Anthony Gill (15 points on 7 field goal attempts) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Kyle Kuzma notched the first triple-double of his career, though I wouldn’t say he had a good game. He finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds (all on the defensive end) and 10 assists in 38 minutes. He also shot just 6-15 from the floor, 1-5 from three-point range, and committed 5 turnovers and 4 fouls.

The Wizards withstood a barrage of shotmaking from rookie Cam Thomas, who scored 27 points on 18 shots for the Nets.

Neither team could be accused of playing well defensively, but the Wizards started blitzing Brooklyn star Kyrie Irving in the second half and they harassed Irving into 2-9 shooting and 3 turnovers in the last two quarters.

Four Factors

Below are the four factors that decide who wins and loses in basketball — shooting (efg), rebounding (offensive rebounds), ball handling (turnovers), fouling (free throws made).

I’ve simplified them a bit. While the factors are usually presented as percentages, that’s more useful over a full season. In a single game, the raw numbers in each category are easier to understand.

Four Factors: Nets 112 at Wizards 113

FOUR FACTORS NETS WIZARDS
FOUR FACTORS NETS WIZARDS
EFG 0.524 0.571
OREB 12 10
TOV 10 11
FTM 24 16
PACE 93
ORTG 121 122

Key Stats

Below are a few performance metrics, including the Player Production Average (PPA) Game Score (very similar to the one I used to call Scoreboard Impact Rating). PPA is my overall production metric, which credits players for things they do that help a team win (scoring, rebounding, playmaking, defending) and dings them for things that hurt (missed shots, turnovers, bad defense, fouls).

Game Score (GmSC) converts individual production into points on the scoreboard in this game. The scale is the same as points and reflects each player’s total contributions for the game. The lowest possible GmSC is zero.

PPA is a per possession metric designed for larger data sets. In small sample sizes, the numbers can get weird. But some readers prefer it, so I’m including PPA scores as well. Reminder: in PPA, 100 is average, higher is better and replacement level is 45. For a single game, replacement level isn’t much use, and I reiterate the caution about small samples producing weird results.

POSS is the number of possessions each player was on the floor in this game.

PTS = points scored

ORTG = offensive rating, which is points produced per individual possessions x 100. League average last season was 112.3. Points produced is not the same as points scored. It includes the value of assists and offensive rebounds, as well as sharing credit when receiving an assist.

USG = offensive usage rate. Average is 20%.

ORTG and USG are versions of stats created by Wizards assistant coach Dean Oliver and modified slightly by me. ORTG is an efficiency measure that accounts for the value of shooting, offensive rebounds, assists and turnovers. USG includes shooting from the floor and free throw line, offensive rebounds, assists and turnovers.

Key Stats: Wizards

WIZARDS MIN POSS PTS ORTG USG PPA GmSC +/-
WIZARDS MIN POSS PTS ORTG USG PPA GmSC +/-
Rui Hachimura 22 42 12 145 19.8% 313 25.5 11
Thomas Bryant 20 38 13 162 22.0% 297 21.8 -1
Raul Neto 31 59 21 150 23.7% 202 23.2 -6
Anthony Gill 26 51 15 166 15.8% 118 11.6 6
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 32 62 13 114 17.8% 108 13.0 -7
Deni Avdija 32 61 13 119 14.7% 82 9.7 -5
Cassius Winston 10 20 5 180 13.7% 71 2.8 -3
Kyle Kuzma 38 73 15 91 27.0% 39 5.5 0
Corey Kispert 30 57 6 65 18.9% -12 0.0 10

Key Stats: Nets

NETS MIN POSS PTS ORTG USG PPA GmSC +/-
NETS MIN POSS PTS ORTG USG PPA GmSC +/-
Cam Thomas 36 70 27 146 21.1% 236 35.5 7
Kyrie Irving 38 74 31 120 34.1% 127 20.3 3
Blake Griffin 27 52 15 129 23.7% 154 17.3 4
Day'Ron Sharpe 17 33 9 124 28.0% 196 14.1 -3
James Johnson 27 52 13 147 18.0% 101 11.4 0
Patty Mills 35 67 7 110 12.4% 48 6.9 9
Jevon Carter 14 26 8 139 18.6% 99 5.6 -11
Bruce Brown 14 28 2 104 9.6% 18 1.1 -4
David Duke Jr. 10 20 0 0 7.4% -96 0.0 -7
Kessler Edwards 21 40 0 0 6.1% -68 0.0 -3