Bobby Portis goes for 30 in Wizards debut

Ben Krimmel
February 09, 2019 - 10:44 am
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New team, who dis? 

Well, welcome to Washington, Bobby Portis

In his Wizards debut, Portis poured in 30 points in 27 minutes off the bench.

After arriving in a trade that saw Otto Porter leave for Chicago, Portis made his mark immediately, going 6-for-6 from the floor and scoring 16 points in the opening quarter.

"I just told Bobby at halftime that he got 18, (and) if you don’t finish with 30, you’re a punk,” John Wall said after the game

Portis didn't disappoint Wall and became the first player in NBA history with back-to-back 30-point games for different franchises in the same season, per Elias.

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Not to be outdone, Jabari Parker who came to Washington in the same deal, filled the box score with 11 rebounds, 9 assists, 7 points, and 3 steals in 23 minutes off the bench.

The Wizards would go on to beat the hapless Cavaliers 119-106, to improve to 23-32 on the season.  

“He was a great pickup, and that’s an understatement,” head coach Scott Brooks said postgame. “Great pickup. I won’t expect him to have 30 every night, but I like how he plays. He knows how to play. He plays hard."

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