Beal takes a tumble in Wizards' latest win

Beal takes a tumble in Wizards' latest win
February 22, 2013, 11:30 pm
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If you’re a fan of defense this game was a sight for sore eyes. The Washington Wizards put on one of their best offensive performances of the season Friday night in defeating the Denver Nuggets 119-113.

Washington had a season high 64 points at halftime and for the first time all season they finished with seven players reaching double figures. Their 119 points were one short of a season high and lot of that had to do with 27 assists on 42 made baskets.

“I think we got back to where we wanted to be before the break started,” said John Wall who had 10 assists to go along with 14 points. “In the game before this when we played Toronto we didn’t play as a team and trust each other. But the last two days at practice we got back to trusting each other. On any given night you never know who may be our leading scorer and that’s one good thing about this team.”

While the Wizards were enjoying their offensive reign they weren’t exactly stopping or even limiting Denver’s high-powered offense. The Nuggets also had 64 points at halftime and Wizards coach Randy Wittman said that’s not who his team is.

“That’s all we talked about at half time,” said Wittman. “We didn’t talk about anything offensively. The first half defensively that’s not how we play. We got four straight stops coming out in the third quarter. We outscored them 30-14 and took control of the game.”

The Wizards used that 30-14 third quarter advantage to build a lead as high as 18 points. But Ty Lawson led the Nuggets on a furious comeback in the fourth quarter. He gave Wall fits on the offensive and defensive ends of the court. Offensively he led all players with 27 points and 12 assists and defensively he helped force Wall into six turnovers.

Turnovers have been an issue for Wall recently. He’s averaging five turnovers in his past six games. But the Wizards’ franchise player didn’t get down on himself. Clinging to a two point lead with under 20 seconds remaining Wall, who has struggled with his jump shot all season long, knocked down an open jumper clinching the Wizards 16th win of the season.

“Not one time did he put his head down and sulk or pout because he made another mistake coming down the stretch, said Wittman. “That’s why he was able to step up and make that shot.”

Wall’s backcourt mate Bradley Beal has had a rough week. He spent two and a half hours at the dentist on Thursday after chipping his front two teeth. In the fourth quarter against Denver he took another nasty spill when a Lawson pump fake resulted in him landing on his back.

According to Beal these hits he’s taken as a rookie are nothing compared to the abuse he got growing up playing football against his two older brothers.
“No where in the same category,” said Beal who scored 17 points and pulled down a career high 12 rebounds. “My brothers are huge. These falls are nothing compared to hitting them with pads on. Those are like scratches compared to my brothers.”

Beal won’t have much time to tend to those wounds. On Saturday the James Harden led Houston Rockets enter Verizon Center. Earlier this week Harden poured in  a career 46 points against his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates. The Rockets beat Brooklyn on Friday night and will be looking for their third straight win since the All-Star break.

You can watch the game on CSN at 7pm.

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