*Photo by Sean Meagher | The Oregonian/OregonLive
How’s that for bouncing back after a 46-point loss just 24 hours ago?
Bradley Beal explodes for a career-high 51 points as the Wizards avenge their loss to the Blazers, 106-92. All 51 of those points were needed as only two other Wizards players, Kelly Oubre (14), and Mike Scott (10) cracked double figures in scoring.
The Wizards used an overpowering second quarter where they outscored the Blazers, 27-15 to take control of this game and never surrendered the lead thereafter.
Tonight belonged to Bradley Beal
As mentioned, Bradley Beal scored a career-high 51 points on 21-37 shooting while knocking down five three-pointers. Beal, who opted not to wear his protective goggles tonight, was much more aggressive early on as most of his shots in the first quarter were on drives to the cup or in the painted area.
The sixth-year player scored 12 points in the first quarter on 5-6 shooting inside of the arc (missed two three-pointers).
As the night went on Beal, reverted back to taking outside jumpers and three-pointers. He finished the first half with 19 points and you had a hunch that at least 40 was in play.
The third quarter is where everything started falling for Brad. Drives to the hole? Yup. Three-pointers? Yup. Step-backs over mismatched defenders? You bet. Beal erupted for 19 points in the third quarter including sparking a 9-0 run late in the period where Washington took control, 72-53.
At a time where the Wizards’ lead shrunk to 79-70 early in the fourth quarter and you could sense a #SoWizards finish, a missed shot found it’s way to Mike Scott who kicked it to Beal for three for then, a new career-high 43 points.
After Washington used a 18-6 run late to ice the game, Beal started firing away to get to that elusive 50-point mark. A corner three got him to 49 points then he cherry-picked while the team was on defense, resulting in an easy dunk for his 51st point of the night.
Take a bow, Brad.
Defense sets the tone
Washington was much more active on the defensive end tonight and that set the tone early on. The Wizards turned the Blazers over 13 times in the first half and ended the evening with a season-high 16 steals. The Wiz were very opportunistic as they turned Portland’s 19 turnovers into 25 points.
Kelly Oubre had five steals tonight, a couple of the turnovers leading to touchdowns variety evidenced as the Wizards mustered up 16 fast-break points tonight; something they’ve struggled to achieve with John Wall out,
Yes a 51-point explosion helps, but don’t overlook the Wizards outstanding defensive effort tonight either.
- Aside from Beal, the rest of Washington’s starters combined for 21 points on 7-30 shooting.
- Mike Scott went a perfect 5-5 from the field and added seven rebounds.
- The Wizards took care of the basketball, only committing 10 turnovers tonight.
Washington heads to Phoenix on Thursday night to try and avenge another early season loss.