Story By: Richard Thomas
Photos By: Sol Tucker
If the Wizards can lean on one player this season to get things done, it has been Bradley Beal and tonight his career high 42 pointed that keyed a Wizards victory, 106-101 in the final minute of the game.
“He can be one of the best two-way players in the league, and my job is to continue to push him to strive for greatness,” Wizards Head Coach Scott Brooks said.
“It takes a lot of energy. It takes a lot of inner drive and determination, but I think he has the ability to be that player.”
Devin Booker had 30 points and Eric Bledsoe scored 29 for Phoenix (4-11), which has lost five of six. Booker and Bledsoe scored 18 of the team’s 21 points in the fourth quarter.
Not to overlook the struggles of John Wall, but the assists machine continues to fire out results. His 15 assists was really one of the main reasons Beal was able to hoist up so many attempts tonight and the combination of both of them on the court for all four quarters is limitless providing they can continue at this pace. The difference in this game, these numbers. Beal and Wall combined to score 23 of the Wizards’ 31 fourth-quarter points
Washington’s Otto Porter left with about 7 minutes to play in the third quarter and did not return. Porter, who finished with nine points, was diagnosed with inflammation in his right hip. Brooks said Porter was day to day.