The minutes for Bradley Beal went up, but his production went down. The last time he'd seen the Oklahoma City Thunder, the shooting guard torched them for 34 points. This time, he had only seven.
That was OK. The Wizards (23-23) upset them on Saturday, 96-81. Beal was the only starter to not reach double figures as he shot just 3-for-12 and only made 1 of 6 three-point shots. The Thunder ran everybody at him, and he was defended a lot by 6-5 defensive specialist Thabo Sefolosha. Of course, taking away Beal led to opportunities for others. Five players scored double figures and the bench contributed 23 points.
"Hopefully, it'll continue. I kind of felt the same," Beal said. "I wasn't tired or anything like that. I'm definitely in shape."
Beal played 34 minutes, the most since Nov. 23 which was his last game before missing the next nine with a stress reaction in his lower right leg. It was his second in eight months he was diagnosed with the injury, and when Beal returned Dec. 16 he stayed on a 30-minute limit for 23 consecutive games. That all changed after Friday, when Beal had an MRI and then told CSN Washington he had the green light to play more.