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First double double of the season. Danny Avdia provided a great game tonight (between the first and second) in Washington’s sixth win in seven games, 102:106 over Charlotte, when he finished with 12 points (6-for-11 from the field, 0-for-3 from three, 0-for-1 from the free), 13 rebounds (4 in the attack), an assist, a block, a turnover and only two fouls in 31 minutes. The Wizards improved to 7:10, while the Hornets, without Lamlo Ball, fell to 14:4, with their 11th loss in 12 games.
It was the fifth time in six games that Avdia scored in double figures, this after recording 3 points in 14 minutes in the last victory over Miami, in which he was involved in foul trouble. The Israeli arrived hot for the match and was 4-for-4 from the field already in the first quarter (all baskets in the paint), but after that he got out of rhythm and actually didn’t score again until the last quarter. By the way, 6 of the 8 points came in less than 20 seconds.
When the scoreboard showed 89:95 for Washington, Avdia corrected Bradley Beal’s foul and increased the gap to 8 with about five minutes remaining, and two minutes later paved the way for himself to the ring and scored with an easy dunk that made it 96:101 (the last field goal of the game winner) .
Charlotte, which arrived in the capital of the United States after losing in two overtimes against Cleveland, found itself in another thriller, did not raise a white flag easily and even reduced the difference to 2 in the final seconds, but Kristaps Porzingis closed the story from the line. The one who led the Wizards scorers was Kyle Kuzma with 28 points along with 10 rebounds and 5 assists, Bradley Beal added 26 with 5 assists and 5 steals, Corey Kispert who replaced the injured Monte Morris in the top five contributed 14 and Porzingis 12.
Kelly Obera scored 23 points for the guest, including one nice move in which he put Abdia in the poster, Gordon Hayward added 20 and Nick Richards 11 with 10 rebounds. Avdia and his friends will get two days of rest, before they try to continue running at the Heat between Wednesday and Thursday.