These 2K simulations certainly do agree with the Wizards. Coming off a stunning victory over the Bucks Friday, Washington turned around on the second night of a back-to-back and beat the Lakers 73-66 at virtual Capital One Arena.
Here's how the Wizards picked up their fourth-straight 2K win.
Bryant led the way for Washington on the glass with seven of his 13 rebounds coming on the offensive end. The Lakers shot the ball significantly better than the Wizards (47% to 39%) but Washington was simply overwhelming them on the glass to create more opportunities.
Washington grabbed 18 offensive rebounds compared to the Lakers' eight, and it ended being the major difference in the result.
LeBron's one-man show
The real-life Lakers' biggest weakness is their lack of playmaking outside of James. In a game where James had everything working for him, the Lakers struggled to get anything going whenever he didn't have the ball.
Rajon Rondo struggled mightily despite tallying eight assists (2-11 FG) and Davis had a bad game relative to his standards (10 points, one rebound, three blocks).
I'd be curious to see what virtual LeBron would have to say about his teammates after this particular game.
Thomas Bryant's revenge
As we stated before, Bryant was waived by the Lakers after his rookie season and his virtual self took it all out on his former team Saturday night.
He dominated the boards and once again protected the paint in a way that would make Elvin Hayes proud. He finished with eight points, 13 rebounds and five blocks.
With Bryant playing the way he has been the last few simulations, the Wizards' defense has been exceptional. Outside of defensive versatility, having a strong defensive center anchoring the defense is paramount to an effective unit.
Other parting thoughts
Jerome Robinson continues to play well as a starter, scoring 13 points in 19 minutes. The Wizards didn't get that long of a look at Robinson before the NBA suspended its season.
After acquiring him at the trade deadline in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, it'd be another steal by Tommy Sheppard if Robinson can play like this consistently in real life.
Instead of erupting in the fourth quarter to help the Wizards secure a win, Beal went off for 14 points in the third this time. He finished with 24 points and went 12-for-30 from the field.
Beal getting in on the spin action as well 😳 pic.twitter.com/Smr3wwSocl— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) March 28, 2020
Markieff Morris made a return to DC in this one. The Lakers uniform looks weird on him.
It's hard to capture just how quick Ish Smith is in a video game, but this spin move came pretty close.
END 1st: Wizards 18, Lakers 12— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) March 28, 2020
Ish ends it by putting LeBron in the ↪️ spin cycle ↩️ pic.twitter.com/G6V3zMJZly
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LeBron James scores 36, Wizards still top Lakers in NBA 2K simulation originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington