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Both teams seemed intent on giving away a win late. In the end, the Denver Nuggets gave a little more, and the Wizards came out with their sixth win in seven games

Presented with three good decisions in the final game – pull up from three for victory, go to the edge to send the game into overtime, or go to Michael Porter Jr for corner three – Nuggets guard Jamal Murray instead went to Facundo Campazzo, who bricked the three

Of course, Campazzo and Porter could have cut to the edge instead of being clear of the three-point line. Had Porter gone to the edge instead of the corner, he would have gotten a wide open dunk because Bradley Beal, Washington’s only defender of the 3-on-one 1 pause, after Murray raced

Half-jokes about the nuggets that put the game aside, that was a good win for the magicians Denver is a good team that had its stars, as well as some solid role players Washington got posts up and down, which was enough to make excellent games overcome by Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray

Raul Neto had a big game off the bench – 15 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals The Nuggets couldn’t keep him off the track and his offensive aggressiveness and defensive peskiness were important parts of the win

Beal had one of those Beal games – 33 points on 19 field attempts, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and only 2 turnovers. Beal led the wizards offensive, making only 9 zero-point possessions

Russell Westbrook had another triple-double – 16 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 3 steals – but he only shot 6-17 and made 5 turnovers

Rui Hachimura had a solid offensive game – 20 points in the 9-16 shooting with three points – although I am still preoccupied with his long-range shooting form

Scott Brooks did a good job last night splitting the minutes down the middle Mortiz Wagner got the start and Brooks left him long enough to be tutored by Jokic but not long enough to lose the game to Robin Lopez wasn’t great, but his size and experience at least kept Jokic from overpowering the wizards inside

With Davis Bertans incapacitated, Troy Brown Jr Made a rare appearance He grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes and shot 2-5 off the floor (no threes) He ended up with a negative PPA for below par shooting and 2 fouls but probably did enough to warrant another chance if Bertan’s must miss more time

Below are the four factors that determine who wins and who loses in basketball – shooting (efg), ricochet (offensive ricochet), ball handling (sales), fouling (free throws)

I’ve simplified them a little while the factors are usually given as percentages, this is more useful over an entire season in a single game, the raw numbers in each category are easier to understand

Below are the Player Production Average (PPA) results from last night’s game. PPA is my overall production metric that credits players for things that help a team win (goal scoring, ricochets, build-up, defense), and for things that hurt (misses, turnovers, bad defense, fouls) PPA is a per-ownership statistic that includes defense and role considerations. In PPA, 100 is average and higher is better

PPA is a statistic per possession. The table below is sorted by each player’s total contributions to the game


World news – USA – Magician get 6 wins in 7 games by defeating Nuggets

Source: https://www.bulletsforever.com/2021/2/26/22302750/wizards-nuggets-statistics-ppa