Summary clip of today's events in sport, 28.1 (Sport1)
Danny Avdia continues to flourish.
Since the trade that sent Roy Hachimura to the Lakers and gave the Israeli forward more minutes and responsibility, he seems full of confidence and is putting up impressive numbers.
Tonight (between Saturday and Sunday) he played a key role in Washington's fifth consecutive victory, 103:113 in New Orleans, which improved the team's balance to 23 wins against 26 losses and raised it to tenth place (which leads to the play-in) at the expense of Chicago.
After two double-doubles in a row in the previous games, Avdia weapon for it this time as well.
He finished 27 very high-quality minutes with 15 points (5-for-8 from the field, 1-for-3 from three-pointers - 4-for-6 from the penalty box) along with 9 rebounds, an assist and two steals.
For long minutes he was entrusted with the protection of Pelicans star Brandon Ingram, and did an excellent job.
Apart from that, he also signed a number of important moves in the last minutes, including a steal in a moment of crisis and two penalty shots that closed the matter within the last minute.
One of the turning points at the last minute was a Washington challenge following a foul on Avdia, with the Wizards up by 5. New Orleans' Jose Alvarado was supposed to go for a free kick and could have made the game close, but Avdia protested and Wes Anseld Jr. called for a check. the whistle, and the referees did change the decision and passed the ball to Washington - who scored on the other side and finally took control of the game.
in excellent shape.
Avdia vs. Willy Hernangomez, tonight (Photo: GettyImages, Chris Graythen)
The first half was easily controlled by Washington.
The Wizards are still missing the injured Kristaps Porzingis, but compared to the Pelicans who are missing Zion Williamson and are struggling a lot without him, they seem to be doing a little better.
Avdia once again scored 7 quick points, including two nice layups, to help Washington go into halftime with a 9 lead. The lead continued to grow and reached 15 in the third quarter, as Avdia continues to put in great plays on both ends of the court, again showing off his improved repertoire of penetration - but New Orleans didn't give up .
In the last quarter, the difference was already reduced to 4, but Bradley Beal took command and with 8 consecutive points, stopped the momentum of the home team.
Free throws by Monte and Morris and Avdia sealed the deal for good, giving the Wizards their fifth straight win and a perfect balance so far on the Western Conference road trip.
Daniel Gafford finished as the leading scorer with 21 points and also added 12 rebounds and 5 blocks, Bill finished with 15 on only 5 of 17 from the field, but also contributed 5 assists, 4 rebounds and as mentioned also important actions in the clutch.
CJ McCollum with 24 points and Brandon Ingram with 22 (8 of 22 from the field) tried, but did not prevent the fading New Orleans from a seventh loss in a row that dropped it to 24:26.
Washington and Abadiah will try to continue the momentum and maintain a perfect balance in the road trip also on the night between Monday and Tuesday, when they will be hosted by San Antonio, who won only once in the last 11 games.
New Orleans Pelicans