Washington Wizards vs. Phoenix Suns: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions


The Washington Wizards (15-14) play against the Phoenix Suns (5-5) at Footprint Center

Game Time: 9:00 PM EST on Thursday December 16, 2021

Washington Wizards 22, Phoenix Suns 23 (Q1 01:01)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Spinning, fading, firing. ☄ pic.twitter.com/OTwwcx3Oxz9:32 PM

Washington Wizards @WashWizards
2,000 points for @Raul Neto in his career! 🐺
#DCAboveAll | @MoetUSA pic.twitter.com/ENCSqAUEEa9:32 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
We’ve got Jalen Smith at the 4 with JaVale McGee – 9:31 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns current lineup: Payne, Payton, Johnson, Smith, McGee.
Thoughts? – 9:30 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
🚨 Jalen Smith and JaVale McGee twin towers lineup 🚨 – 9:29 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Chris Paul pullup. Has six on 3-of-4 shooting. #Suns, #Wizards tied 18-18. – 9:26 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Rocking the Valley Custom.
Don’t forget to pick up a jacket any time throughout the game! 🏃‍♂ pic.twitter.com/v2ETTirSfy9:25 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Paul gave Beal a slight fake to have him look opposite before hitting the mid-range jumper.
#Suns up 16-13. – 9:24 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
I mean…I’m cool with Purple Shoes Mikal Bridges if he continues to take 30 shots per 36 minutes – 9:24 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
I used to think David Robinson when I saw Deandre Ayton. But with how he moves and that improved touch, I see someone different – 9:24 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Crowder 3. #Suns up one. – 9:23 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Bridges has this underneath shots he’s going to more and more.
The picture is from an earlier game, but that’s the shot he just made to tie the game at 11-11.
#Suns #Wizards pic.twitter.com/UZZfdKTlhX9:22 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Opposite of the Portland game where CP3 and DA’s timing is off to start. The giveaway is usually when Paul throws that lead pass a step too far ahead, expecting Ayton to be there a little sooner. – 9:21 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
A frustrated Chris Paul angrily, haphazardly slapping at the Wizard who caught his errant pass to stop the break is tonight’s early favorite for “Chris Paul’s Make Gerald Laugh Out Loud” Moment of the Game™9:20 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Timeout for Landry Shamet to address blood from likely a cut on his arm.
#NBA calls it “infection control”
#Suns9:17 PM
Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
Spencer Dinwiddie is out (rest) and Aaron Holiday, starting in his place, has two fouls just 2:50 into tonight’s game. Not what you want. – 9:15 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Aaron Holiday was hounding Chris Paul up and down the court. Suns getting him in switches, and now he’s picked up 2 quick fouls – 9:14 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
On the board with an and-1. 💪 pic.twitter.com/IaZR7YKoy29:13 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Aaron Holiday is on pest duty. Not giving Chris Paul an inch anywhere on the floor. – 9:13 PM
Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
The Wizards just tipped off against Chris Paul and the Suns, one of the best teams in the league. Game is on @NBCSWashington and right here: smart.link/5bb65a2b6cedb?…9:11 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“You’ve got to shoot ’em.”
Monty Williams said Cam Johnson has to get used to talking pressure shots like he did in Tuesday’s OT win at Portland.
Johnson agrees, but will he take those shots if it’s necessary tonight against Wizards? #Suns pic.twitter.com/bJD7Tt60oK9:07 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Will Cameron Payne hit another “statement” shot tonight vs. #Wizards? #Suns pic.twitter.com/7blR6wwnHD9:04 PM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Jae’Sean Tate is just a wonderful player – 8:59 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“He looks like he’s getting back. I know he’s on the court now, but if anything, just take his time. He’s got to keep taking his time. There’s no need to rush it. Got a long season.” Cameron Payne.
Devin Booker working his way back from hamstring. #Suns https://t.co/p57kz6gt5q pic.twitter.com/tKngXw5lkG8:54 PM

Washington Wizards @WashWizards
Ready to rock in PHX.
#DCAboveAll pic.twitter.com/dDzHTzaNy78:42 PM

Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
(1/2) There is a palpable sense of unease within the Wizards after they faced a team last night that is in the midst of an apparent outbreak. “It’s very concerning, honestly,” coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “We were aware of some positive cases (within the Kings) … – 8:41 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Kyle Kuzma cleared health/safety protocols.
Played last night at Kings. Will start tonight vs. #Suns
Starters: #Wizards: Aaron Holiday, Bradley Beal, Daniel Gafford, Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
#Suns Chris Paul, Landry Shamet, Deandre Ayton, Jae Crowder, Mikal Bridges – 8:40 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
PHX vs WSH 🔜
#YouDoYou | @PlayAtGila pic.twitter.com/hsbM7exHtk8:36 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
The Suns’ second-leading scorer in the six games Devin Booker has missed is … Cam Johnson at 14.8 points per game. Johnson is 19-of-43 (44.2%) from 3-point range over that stretch. – 8:33 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Kyle Kuzma and a Wizards staffer are the only two who have tested positive for COVID “so far” Washington coach Wes Unseld Jr. confirms.
He said they’ll test everyday until New Year’s. Wizards are at #Suns tonight after playing #Kings, who have had COVID cases. – 8:30 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Starters vs Wizards
#ValleyProud pic.twitter.com/215mgrE2nL8:30 PM
Washington Wizards @WashWizards
Fresh in Phoenix 🔥
#DCAboveAll | @MichelobULTRA pic.twitter.com/eQXaL8nnBw8:24 PM

Neil Dalal @NeilDalal96
Ignore Davis Bertans because DeAndre Ayton just hit a granny style half court shot 😂 pic.twitter.com/fhDBx7PQTt8:20 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Deandre Ayton pregame. #Suns pic.twitter.com/xI4zUO7Geq8:15 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Devin Booker is out here in his usual time slot and putting the time in to get back. Not his usual pregame work, with most of it going through shots off ball screens. Did about a half-hour on his own after shootaround earlier today and 15 more now.
(Hi Deandre!) pic.twitter.com/lBpIZSPlq18:08 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
How would Indiana #Pacers guard Caris LeVert look with Phoenix #Suns? (w/videos) https://t.co/gDnmyleNbH via @azcentral pic.twitter.com/7MPgfSwtn58:07 PM

Washington Wizards @WashWizards
Back at it in an hour.
📍 Phoenix
🎙 @Team980
📺 @NBCSWashington
#DCAboveAll | @CapitalOne8:00 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Tonight’s @BannerHealth health update: pic.twitter.com/ukpF9ZwYbf7:51 PM
Ava Wallace @avarwallace
Wes Unseld Jr. said the Wizards haven’t had any new positive tests after Kyle Kuzma (who tested positive Saturday and is back with the team now) and one staffer, which was already known.
They’re testing once a day now. They were testing twice a day after Kuzma’s positive. – 7:43 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Kyle Kuzma and a Wizards staffer are the only two that have tested positive for COVID “so far,” Washington coach Wes Unsled Jr. confirms.
He said they’ll test everyday until the New Year. #Suns play Wizards tonight at Footprint Center. – 7:43 PM
Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
Wes Unseld Jr. says the Wizards have not had anyone test positive for Covid outside of Kyle Kuzma and one staffer, each of which happened days ago. So far, so good after playing the Kings last night. – 7:41 PM
Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
Wes Unseld Jr. on a Covid outbreak taking place for the Kings, the Wizards’ opponent last night: “It’s very concerning, honestly… all we can is go upon [the NBA’s recommendation].” – 7:35 PM
Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
Wizards starters tonight in Phoenix: Aaron Holiday, Bradley Beal, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Kuzma and Daniel Gafford. – 7:35 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Monty Williams said Devin Booker was the catalyst on the bench in Portland on Tuesday when it came to motivating the team. Williams described Booker as “phenomenal” with that and said as the coach he didn’t have to do much pumping up the guys. – 7:30 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
Thank you to all those who donated and joined us for The Old Fashioned Warren Lotas Experience with proceeds benefitting @SVdP and Phoenix Suns Charities! 🧡💜 pic.twitter.com/4y5VVnszm87:29 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Monty Williams said Devin Booker is getting better every day and that the healing part will take care of itself, but there’s a “ramp-up stage” they still need to see before he returns to action – 7:18 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
That Valley Custom jacket. 👀🔥
Buy yours at tonight’s game: https://t.co/8BpfS0DcSu pic.twitter.com/y1sZqLoj2w7:02 PM

Tony East @TEastNBA
Brad Wanamaker getting ready for his second career start. Duane Washington Jr warming up as well, he could he needed for some minutes tonight with a few guards out: pic.twitter.com/NR0L9FrmWG6:59 PM

Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
The Wizards went through COVID testing this morning, no word yet but two players have told me they’re worried a positive test will show amongst their roster.
“There’s no way one of us doesn’t return a positive, we just had SAC. We shouldn’t be playing — this is unreal.” – 6:45 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I think the scariest possible deadline development for other contenders would be Phoenix realizing “hey, we control more of our draft capital than any other contender, we can get crazy.”
Like, if the Suns wanted to say screw it and trade three 1sts for Jerami Grant, they could. – 6:31 PM
Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
Here’s a look outside and inside the Footprint Center here in Arizona, where the Washington Wizards (15-14) will face the Phoenix Suns (22-5) tonight. pic.twitter.com/tlkohNZzKE6:20 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns All-Star Devin Booker progressing, doing on-court work in making return to action (w/videos) azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral6:12 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Rudy Tomjanovich says “Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion” is not one of the prouder moments of his career. He called it bragging after the moment. He said he stole the line from Suns guard Kevin Johnson – 6:11 PM
Washington Wizards @WashWizards
Follow @Thomas Bryant for a day through his recovery, on-court workouts, and more as he gets closer to a return 💪
No Limit: Episode 3, presented by @GEICO 🎥 – 5:30 PM
Phoenix Suns @Suns
DA dropping the hammer! 🔨
@PayPal | #ValleyProud pic.twitter.com/3PVTBUN3Ey5:03 PM

Washington Wizards @WashWizards
Looking to get back on track tonight.
#DCAboveAll | @CaesarsSports pic.twitter.com/BkIBmLxoqd5:00 PM

Washington Wizards @WashWizards
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#DCAboveAll | @PepsiStronger4:54 PM
Washington Wizards @WashWizards
Kyle Kuzma leads the team with a 20.9 defensive rebounding percentage so far this season.
#DCAboveAll | @DXCTechnology pic.twitter.com/TcDPnjkR4b4:45 PM

Washington Wizards @WashWizards
Battle of the bigs.
#DCAboveAll | @CapitalOne pic.twitter.com/Q8QpLwL3o14:17 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Locked-in 🔒
📍 @Verizon 5G Performance Center pic.twitter.com/2ABi8Ii5Rq4:05 PM

Phoenix Suns @Suns
Get yourself a new Suns quarter-zip and don’t forget to checkout with @PayPal!
👕 https://t.co/NsKX3BiZG6 pic.twitter.com/OPSanmogEW3:37 PM

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
Rapid fire around the NBA: Trade edition
🏀The big 3 in the West (yes, Utah you are included)
🏀New York and Washington
🏀The wild card teams: Cleveland and Memphis
🏀The options for the LA Lakers
🏀The likely trade and buyout candidates
youtube.com/watch?v=HA5obj…3:37 PM
JaVale McGee @JaValeMcGee
Added this beauty to the family @BoredApeYC #4205 pic.twitter.com/kTSHnwRS0b3:09 PM





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