Wizards’ 158 points is franchise-high since name change in 1997
The Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets produced an astonishing display of offensive prowess on Wednesday night, as the two teams combined for an astronomical 317 points as the Rockets bested the Wizards by a final score of 159 to 158.
This game was typified by the overall efficiency both teams displayed, and Ben Golliver of the Washington Post provided this statistic regarding the Wizards:
The Washington Wizards' 152 points & counting vs. the Houston Rockets are the most since the franchise changed its name to the Wizards in 1997. pic.twitter.com/7iQe7LvhM8
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) October 31, 2019
That’s fairly impressive, considering the over 20 years of games played under the Wizards moniker.
Perhaps more impressive are the performances on both sides from the teams involved. The headliner on the Rockets will likely be James Harden, who produced a standard 59-point night on 18 of 32 shooting with 9 assists, and Russell Westbrook, who nabbed yet another triple-double with 17 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in 34 minutes. Clint Capela was the team’s second-leading scorer behind Harden’s immense output with 21 points on 9 of 13 shooting in only 29 minutes.
The Wizards also had some staggering performances on their side, headlined by Bradley Beal, who finished with a staggering 46 points on a bonkers 14 of 20 shooting from the field including 7 of 12 from deep and 11 of 12 from the free throw line. The Wizards were also led to their record-breaking offensive output by rookie Rui Hachimura, who continues to look good on the offensive end. Hachimura finished with 23 points on 9 of 15 shooting and 3 of 3 from deep.
Davis Bertans of the Wizards continues to be red hot from downtown, shooting 6 of 9 from beyond the arc in 26 minutes of action.