WATCH: Hachimura scores 31 in win for Japan

Ben Krimmel
August 26, 2019 - 10:51 am
Rui Hachimura scores 31, Japan beats Germany

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These are not two well-known basketball powerhouses, but it is something. 

The Washington Wizards top draft pick Rui Hachimura scored 31 points over the weekend to help Japan beat Germany 86-83.

Neither of these teams will make noise at the upcoming FIBA World Cup, but these highlights present some good signs for Wizards fans.

Why is this a good sign? This is a young player doing very well on a big stage in front of a raucous crowd of 18,355 in his home country. All of that takes moxy, an attribute coveted around professional sports. 

Washington's 21-year-old rookie added five rebounds and two steals.

Former George Washington University standout Yuta Watanabe (a two-way player for the Memphis Grizzlies) added 20 points, six boards, and two steals for the home side. 

Hachimura did not play in Japan's final tune-up game before the World Cup, a 78-76 loss to Tunisia. 

Washington made Hachimura the first Japanese-born player to be taken in the first round of the NBA Draft earlier this summer, taking him with the 9th overall pick.

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