Corey Kispert shines from deep with 25-point performance – NBC4 Washington
Kispert shines from the depths with a 25-point performance that originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
For a season that slipped away from the Wizards and will likely end in two weeks, a major bright spot came Sunday in the form of Corey Kispert.
On a record-breaking rookie night, he led the Wizards on the scoresheet and in doing so helped open things up on the rest of the floor for the rest of the roster in a 123-115 win. against the Warriors at Capital One. Arena.
“He went early, shot the ball with confidence,” coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “I know he’s had a few tough games and he comes in and gets some extra shots. So it’s no mystery that he has a great game tonight. He is not shy, he is not afraid of the moment. I know that sometimes when you miss shots there’s a bit of doubt, you start thinking about it too much. But he has enough confidence in himself, he took enough time to trust himself and he stepped up.
Kispert finished with 25 points, which led the team in scoring, but his real standout performance came with his 6-of-9 performance from 3-point range. Even if he continued to turn off the lights, the Warriors didn’t have much of an answer for him.
In Kispert’s college career at Gonzaga, he had only five nights with at least six 3-pointers made in a single game.
But with his searing shots from deep, his night helped create opportunities for the rest of the attack all over the floor. As a team, the Wizards shot 16 of 28 (57.1%) from 3-point territory — their best shooting night from beyond the arc, by percentage, all season.
“The game immediately slows down, you feel like every shot you take between and things like that,” Kispert said. “Seeing how my early shots allowed other guys to score and have freedom was really good too. That’s part of the reason why we had such a great attacking effort against a great team. (That) only helped us throughout the game.
Kispert’s rookie season development likely reached a crescendo with his performance on Sunday, a night in which he electrified the home crowd and helped keep the Warriors at bay throughout the night.
Notably, his 10-point second quarter on 2-of-3 shooting from deep helped the Wizards build a lead they wouldn’t give up.
“Corey, he’s a great rookie,” Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said. “He comes into the gym early, gets his punches early, he comes out late and gets punched. It is already ready and prepared. Just seeing him having fun and knocking down shots like that without hesitation was awesome. Every game he gets better. »
The Wizards have just eight games left this season, and for a year that has had many ups and downs, Kispert’s Sunday performance should definitely be remembered as one of their brightest moments.
“When you get a combination of guys playing really well and us playing winning basketball, that’s what only a few NBA teams can enjoy year after year,” Kispert said. “By being able to do that, hopefully we can capitalize and keep building and keep playing the right way. Victories will take care of themselves. When we play a certain brand of basketball, we have a chance of beating any team in the league.