Bradley Beal turns in his best performance as a reserve scoring 26 points as the Wizards fend off the Wolves, 104-98. John Wall notched his 35th double-double with 14 points and 12 assists. And Alan Anderson had his best performance to date as a Wizard scoring 18 points off the bench.
The Wizards have gotten off the sluggish starts as of late and tonight was no different. The Wizards found themselves in an early 21-9 hole and this was solely due to turnovers as the Wizards committed seven in the first quarter and trailed 32-29 after one.
The Wizards got a huge spark off the bench from Bradley Beal and Alan Anderson who combined for 44 points off the bench. Anderson hit his first two threes tonight and Beal was very aggressive in the first half getting into the paint for several mid-range jumpers.
With just seconds remaining, John Wall went the length of the court for a layup as the Wizards would lead 60-54 at halftime.
The Wolves fought back and were able to tie the game at 77 late in the third quarter. But John Wall would find Bradley Beal for a corner three pointer as the Wizards would take a 80-77 lead and never trail the rest of the night.
With the Wizards lead at six late in the fourth quarter, John Wall would curl off of a Nene screen and hit a jumper to stretch the lead to eight, 104-96 with just 26 seconds to play. That would be the dagger as the Wizards win 104-98.
Bradley Beal goes off: In what may be his best game coming off the bench this season, Bradley Beal dropped 26 points on 10-15 shooting including 3-4 from long range. Beal did not settle for long twos, attacked the hole, and did not force anything tonight.
Wall found Beal in transition twice tonight for a three-pointer, something we haven’t seen from the duo in a while. Beal has been in a bit of a shooting slump as of late, maybe this was just what the doctor ordered.
Bench comes up huge: The Wizards bench outscored the starters 64-40. Yes, a lot of it was Beal who like I said, scored 26 points tonight. But Alan Anderson had his best game so far as a Wizard scoring 18 points on 6-9 shooting and going 4-7 from three-point range. Anderson was aggressive tonight and came out firing. It’ll be interesting to see if Anderson can supplant Otto in the starting lineup.
Turnovers: Just when you think the Wizards have their turnover problem fixed, a game like tonight happens. The Wizards committed 17 turnovers (7 in the first quarter, 6 in the third quarter) which allowed the Wolves to stay in this game. In the first quarter, it looked like a lack of focus. Lazy passes, Wall forcing things, it wasn’t pretty as the Wizards got off to a slow start. Luckily for the Wizards, they were playing the Wolves so they still managed to win. This is something to keep an eye out for going forward though.