Washington has had trouble against Toronto in the regular season in years past. But that didn’t matter tonight as a shorthanded Wizards team goes into Toronto and comes away with the victory, 107-96.
Bradley Beal scored a game-high 38-points to cap off a week in which he averaged 38 per game. Otto Porter was his usual efficient self, scoring 19 points including a big three-pointer to put the Wizards up 103-88 late in the fourth quarter.
Marcin Gortat notched another double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds while Kelly Oubre Jr. added 10 points off the Wizards bench.
On paper, this looked like a loss as the Wizards just lost a heart-breaker to the Cavs and were playing without All-Star John Wall, who sat out with a shoulder injury. But everyone chipped in just enough as the Wizards come away with the win.
Bradley Beal continues his hot shooting
Bradley Beal’s effort in the Cleveland game was overshadowed by LeBron’s 57 points. He won’t be forgotten after tonight. As mentioned, Beal scored 38 points on 16-26 shooting (62 percent) including going 4-6 (66 percent) from three-point range. The sharpshooter wasn’t just settling for jumpers though. Beal was getting to the rim on give-and-go’s with Gortat resulting in layups as well as creating his own shot off the dribble.
With the absence of Wall, Beal found the ball in his hands more often tonight. Not only was Beal getting his baskets, but he was good as a facilitator ending the night with four assists. His most important dime came late in the fourth quarter as he found a wide-open Oubre in the corner for three to give Washington a 100-87 lead.
Beal was absolutely terrific tonight capping off the best week of his career.
Washington was solid from three-point range
After a nice three-point shooting output against Phoenix, the Wizards shooting from range plummeted from distance against the Cavs. So it was nice to see Washington get back in a rhythm from three-point range. Porter, Beal, and Oubre were the sharpshooters tonight as the trio combined to go 9-15 from range this evening.
Washington was knocking down threes early on to build on their lead, while each of the three guys knocked down three-pointers late to seal the game.
Rotations are still a mystery
Even though the Wizards were short-handed, Scott Brooks opted to go with all-bench lineups in the second and fourth quarters. To no one’s surprise, that didn’t really work out. In the second quarter, both teams were playing very sloppily so it didn’t cost Washington. However, in the fourth quarter, the bench allowed the Raptors back in this one to trim the lead to three at one point. Brooks was then forced to play Porter and Beal the rest of the way.
- Kyle Lowry was ejected from the game with two quick technical fouls in the second quarter. Lowry thought he got fouled on a play then said the magic words to the officials which got him tossed.
- Tim Frazier was just ok in his relief for Wall. Frazier wasn’t much of a scoring threat as he only scored four points but chipped in with eight assists.
- Markieff Morris continued to knock the rust off with 18 minutes of playing time. Morris scored 10 points even though he was just 2-8 from the field. However, he did knock down 6-8 free throws.
Washington heads home to take on the lowly Dallas Mavericks Tuesday evening.