Story By: Richard Thomas
Photos By: Sol Tucker
Tonight the Washington Wizards actually looked like a full team. Bradley Beal hit the court for the first time since December 9th and made a big difference in how the Bucks took a look at the Wizards offense tonight. It seemed that the run and shoot has come back with both Wall and Beal in the back court.
Beal came off the bench and played 22 minutes and had 11 points and as he said earlier in the week was eager just to get back in and help in any way possible.
“It feels good to be back in the line-up. Coming off the bench or starting again eventually, I am ready to help in any way I can,” said Beal.
Ramon Sessions added 15 points and Jared Dudley had 13 for Washington, including two late 3-pointers to help preserve a third straight win.
Khris Middleton scored 25 points to lead Milwaukee, which allowed 36 points off a season-high 27 turnovers in its fourth loss in the last six games.
Greg Monroe added 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Bucks, who erased a 19-point second-quarter deficit to take the lead by the end of the third.
The return of Beal didn’t come without incident for the Wizards. Back comes one player, down goes another seems to be the standard for the Wizards this season.
Otto Porter left the game with 6:46 remaining in third quarter with a sore right hip. … Wittman said it’s not clear yet if Beal’s injury will lead to a restriction on his minutes for the rest of the season or even beyond. “I think as he gets back in the flow of it, the doctors and him will make that decision,” Wittman said.
Washington will hit the road for a back to back, first against Indiana on Friday night and back home Saturday to face the Celtics.