Bradley Beal scored 27 points with 15 coming the fourth quarter but the Utah Jazz wore down the Wizards for a grind it out, 95-88 victory. John Wall added 16 points while Kelly Oubre and Bojan Bogdanovic both scored 10 points off the bench as the loss drops the Wizards to fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
This one didn’t start out well for the Wizards as they connected on 3-11 shots to start this one and found themselves in an early 17-5 hole. But once again, Kelly Oubre came in and provided a spark off the bench. A hustle play where Oubre dove to the floor and kicked it to Beal for a layup jumpstarted a 8-1 run to get this Wizards back in this game.
The hot shooting carried over to the second quarter as the Wizards started 5-7 from the field in the second period. However, the Jazz used a stretch where they connected on six straight field goals and led, 42-39 at halftime.
Marcin Gortat has been struggling on the offensive end as of late and the Wizards ran a pick-and-roll to get the big man a dunk to start the third quarter. After going scoreless in the first half, Otto Porter came alive with a herky-jerky reverse layup and knocking down a corner three as the Wiz took a 51-47 lead. The highlight of the period came with Beal getting the inbounds pass and dunking it home with the foul call.
Things got chippy in the third quarter as well. Wall curled off a screen but clearly hit Rudy Gobert in the stomach. Wall would be called for his 15th technical of the season but things would not escalate. The Jazz took a 64-61 lead into the fourth quarter.
Bradley Beal played well for most of the game but really came alive in the fourth quarter. Beal hit several tough jumpers, attacked the hole, and hit timely three-pointers to keep the Wizards in this one as John Wall struggled for most of the night.
However, Hayward and former Wizard Shelvin Mack would hit timely baskets down the stretch to put this one out of reach. Jazz win 95-88.