Wizards blow out Magic behind Hachimura's 30 points originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Offense was rolling
The Wizards were playing at home against a Magic team with a sub-.500 record and a below-average defense, and Washington took advantage. The Wizards found an early rhythm on the offensive end and never really looked back in a game they led by as many as 22 points.
Seven Wizards players were in double figures. They shot 53.7% from the field for the game and made 18 threes. The Wizards had 70 points by halftime and 100 through the first three quarters.
It was the second-highest scoring game of the season for the Wizards, short of only their 142 points against the Timberwolves on Nov. 28. It was the second-straight win for the Wizards, who are 20-26 on the year.
This was just the third game this season that the Wizards were completely healthy and had all of their players available. It didn't last long, though, as both Kristaps Porzingis and Daniel Gafford suffered injuries in the third quarter. Gafford got hurt trying to block a dunk attempt by No. 1 pick Paolo Banchero. He was shaken up after a mid-air collision and walked to the locker room wincing in pain. He was able to return in the fourth quarter.
Porzingis was not able to come back after exiting with an ankle sprain. He came down in a crowd of people around the rim and rolled his ankle. He was in obvious pain and left for the locker room as soon as he could gather himself. He walked off with a heavy limp. Obviously, the Wizards will hope the injury isn't serious, as Porzingis has arguably been their best player this season, all things considered.
Hachimura went off
It was a huge night for Rui Hachimura, who tied a career-high with 30 points. It was the second time this season he has tied his career-high, falling one short of setting a new mark. He shot 13-for-22 from the field and 3-for-5 from three while adding five rebounds. And he did all of his scoring in the final three quarters, as he went scoreless in the first. Hachimura lit a spark as soon as the second quarter began, pouring in 10 quick points in the first six minutes of the frame.
Delon Wright also gave the Wizards a lift off the bench with 15 points and eight assists. They helped the Wizards' second unit outscore the Magic bench, 55-to-40. That gave the Wizards a glimpse of what their bench could do if the team was fully healthy, as it was briefly before Porzingis' injury.
Threes kept falling
The Wizards have been on a heater from long-range in recent games. Following up a game in which they knocked down 16 triples against the Knicks, the Wizards shot 18-for-34 (52.9%) from deep in this one. Washington reached halftime having shot 10-for-20 from three.
The Wizards have proven to be quite streaky from the perimeter lately. They have made 13-plus threes in four straight games, while earlier this month they had three consecutive games making eight or fewer. Six Wizards made multiple threes in this game, while Kyle Kuzma (25 points) was the standout with five of them.
Big road trip ahead
The Wizards have played the majority (24) of their 46 games this season on the road, but they are about to add to that total with a five-game road trip up next. They begin in Texas, playing in Dallas and Houston, before moving on to New Orleans, San Antonio and Portland. They don't return home until Feb. 3 to host the Blazers. That's one to circle on the calendar because Rick Ross and Ja Rule are performing afterward.
The Wizards, though, are still six games under .500 even with this win. They have nine games left before the Feb. 9 trade deadline and six of them will be on the road. That makes this trip appear to be a pivotal one, as it could factor in significantly to what the Wizards decide to do with their roster. Now that they have Bradley Beal back, they have a chance to generate some momentum, but they will have to do so away from D.C.