The Washington coach and the team's players compliment Danny Avdia after the victory in San Antonio (@washwizardsil)
It's far from accidental: Dani Abedia of the last few weeks is making a real leap in the NBA, and is finally breaking out before our eyes.
Tonight (between Wednesday and Thursday) the Israeli forward starred with 20 points in excellent percentages (8 of 13 from the field, 3 of 5 from the three, 1 of 1 from the penalty box) along with 13 rebounds, and was one of the prominent factors in the home victory 104:118 over Charlotte, which he intercepted for Washington snapped a three-game losing streak and improved their record to 25 wins against 29 losses.
Avdia started the second consecutive game in the top five due to the absence of Kyle Kuzma, got 37 minutes and was one of the best in the ranks of the Wizards on both sides of the court.
It was his fourth game of the season with 20 or more points, after doing so just twice in his first two seasons in the best league in the world.
In addition, he recorded his eighth double-double of the season, and reached double figures for the seventh time out of eight games since the trade for Roy Hachimura, which opened a window of opportunity for him.
Gets the stage, and gives back in a big way.
Avdia in front of Gordon Hayward (Photo: Reuters)
Avdia opened the game with 5 points and 4 rebounds in the first three minutes, and together with Kristaps Porzingis' hot hand from outside the arc, helped the Wizards to have a small and stable lead from the start.
The Hornets stayed close and went into the break tied mainly thanks to the offensive moves of LaMelo Ball and Gordon Hayward, but the escape came in the third quarter, in which Porzingis warmed up even more, Avdia continued to stand out, and Bradley Beal also helped open a double-digit gap, with Avdia's three-pointer sealing the quarter.
In general, Charlotte left Avdia free again and again outside the arc when she "bet" on his shooting - and this time he knew how to punish.
PJ Washington still tried to get the Hornets back on track, but no real comeback was made, and the Wizards finally came back to smile after three frustrating losses, the first two after losing big advantages, and the third in a resounding defeat.
The star of the victory for Washington was Kristaps Porzingis, who finished with 36 points (13 of 22 from the field) including 8 three-pointers (equal to his career high) along with 9 rebounds and two blocks.
Bradley Beal added 17 and 10 assists, as he often looks for his friends again, and once again illustrates the change in his attitude.
The Wizards, by the way, finished with 29 assists, and it seems that lately they are moving the ball much more effectively, and Avdia is one of the main beneficiaries.
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A group effort.
Avdia next to Delon Wright (Photo: Reuters)
PJ Washington with 20 points and Terry Rozier with 19, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, were the standouts in the ranks of Charlotte, who suffered a fifth consecutive loss and dropped to a 41:15 balance.
Washington will hit the floor again on the night between Saturday and Sunday, where they will host Indiana.