The Wizards signed Bradley Beal to a max deal for nights like this. Beal scored a career-high 42 points on 14-22 shooting as the Wizards hang on to beat the Suns, 106-101. Beal’s backcourt mate, John Wall, had a very good game himself with 18 points and 15 assists. The win brings the Wizards to 2-2 through this “easy” stretch of games.
Players were frustrated with the teams’ defense after the loss to the Heat the other night. It looked like not much had changed as second-year player Devin Booker started off hot and ended the night with 30 points. However, the Wizards were able to turn the Suns over 14 times in the first half en route to a 50-46 halftime lead.
P.J. Tucker hit a floater in the lane late in the third quarter to stretch the Suns lead to 8, 73-65, and it looked like things might fall apart for the Wizards.
But John Wall and Bradley Beal would take over in the fourth quarter. Beal hit several three-pointers in the fourth quarter including a corner three to tie the game at 98 late in the period. Wall would go on a personal, 7-0 run to stretch the Wizards lead to 5, 106-101 and that would be that. The Wizards hang on and win a nail biter.
Bradley Beal had his best regular season game as a Wizard
Beal has turned in great performances in the postseason but tonight was something special. As mentioned, Beal scored a career-high 42 points on 14-22 shooting including 5-10 from three-point range. Often times, Beal was the only bright spot for a Wizards team who had several scoring droughts tonight. Beal got to the line and more importantly, knocked them down, as he was 9-11 from the charity stripe. All around great performance tonight.
Wall struggled from the field
Yes, John Wall scored 18 points but it was on a very inefficient, 6-24 shooting. Wall made up for it with a big fourth quarter where he had a personal 7-0 run to put the Wizards out in front. Per usual, Wall had several nice assists tonight to get the offense flowing.
Wall still isn’t getting as many calls as he thinks he deserves and was forcing things a bit too much tonight. However, when he did get to the line, he made them (5-5).
The verdict is still out on this defense
There were times when the defense played well and times that were reminiscent of the Miami game. The Suns are the worst three-point shooting team in the NBA yet still managed to make 11 three-pointers tonight. Second-year player Devin Booker didn’t have much resistance as he notched a team-high 30 points. Even though the Wizards did force 21 turnovers, there’s still plenty of room for improvement.