Washington, DC, Jan. 12, LETA. Latvian basketball player Dāvis Bertāns on Monday scored 18 points in the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) regular championship game and helped the Washington “Wizards” team to win. Anžejs Pasečņiks did not play this time.
The Wizards beat Phoenix’s Dog on their court with a score of 128: 107 (29:15, 39:27, 36:36, 24:29).
Bertāns spent 24 minutes and 29 seconds on the pitch in this match, during which he realized six of the nine long shots. He sold five “threes” in the first half.
He also won two rebounds, made two assists, made one mistake and broke the rules once. “Wizards” with Bertāns in the field threw 20 points more than allowed.
In the Wizards team, Bradley Biel was the most productive with 34 points, who also won eight balls under the baskets and made nine assists. For the league’s top scoring players, this was his return to the pitch after one match was missed due to Covid-19’s contact status.
Raul Netu scored another 16 points, but Robin Lopez had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Wizards played without Russell Westbrook, who will spend about a week due to an injury to his left leg quadriceps muscle. In turn, the season has ended for Tomas Braient, the player of the main line-up center, due to the breaking of cross ties.
Devins Bukers scored 33 points in the “Dog” team, but Chris Paul added 14 points and 11 assists.
“Wizards” with 13 victories in 11 games takes the 13th place in the Eastern Conference.
It is planned to play 72 games in the NBA Main Event, which is ten less than usual.
The league has started the season without spectators present in the arenas, as the restrictions of the coronavirus prohibit larger public gatherings in the premises.