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The Washington Wizards got an emphatic win over the Los Angeles Lakers, but it’ll be Rui Hachimura’s devastating dunk on Anthony Davis that gets remembered.
When Rui Hachimura is old and gray, he’ll be able to show his grandkids that time he posterized one of the best big men in the game.
If ever a dunk warranted a giant poster to be displayed in a player’s home for the rest of their days, it’s this one.
Anthony Davis didn’t stand a chance.
The video is great. It’ll probably become a very expensive NFT offering before the night is up. But the photo is a work of art.
Hachimura could retire tomorrow and he’d still be remembered for that one.
Rui Hachimura’s dunk on Anthony Davis was a masterpiece
Fortunately for the Wizards, the second-year player is just getting started. Washington picked him with the ninth pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and he’s been exceptionally consistent through two seasons. Literally, he averaged 13.5 points in 48 games in 2019-20. He’s currently averaging 13.5 points in 48 games in 2020-21.
The Wizards had their way with the Lakers almost as thoroughly as Hachimura dunked on Davis. Bradley Beal led the way with 27 points while Russel Westbrook added 18 points, 16 rebounds and 14 assists as Washington stormed to a 116-107 victory. Hachimora had 12 points, a rebound, a steal and two assists.
A victory over LA was particularly welcome as Washington is battling to stay in the 10th seed, which would give them a berth in the play-in tournament.
Wednesday night’s game was the fourth back for Davis, who can at least give the excuse of rustiness for allowing that vicious dunk. The Lakers’ star had 26 points, five rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks. The loss was the third in four games since Davis returned.
Los Angeles is still the fifth seed in the West, but they continue to struggle without LeBron James.