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Next-day soreness absent for Bradley Beal going into pivotal game vs. Bulls

Next-day soreness absent for Bradley Beal going into pivotal game vs. Bulls

A day after Bradley Beal tweaked his sore right ankle, he was able to take part in the Wizards' practice Monday and is a go for Tuesday's home game with the Chicago Bulls that could put them over .500 for the first time this season.

"He felt good this morning. You're always worried about the next day," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said of Beal, who went down in the second quarter of Sunday's 107-101 win at the Milwaukee Bucks. "He went through light practice today. I assume everything is going to be fine for tomorrow."

After Beal had made a layup in traffic, as he retreated down the floor he stepped on the foot of Malcolm Brogdon and rolled the ankle again. He initially hurt it Dec. 28 in a win over the Indiana Pacers, but in that game he couldn't return in the second half because of stiffness.

Beal returned Sunday, scoring 12 of his team-high 26 points in the second half. Against Indiana, he returned briefly in the first half but clearly wasn't confident or comfortable cutting or exploding, Beal looked like his old self Sunday. 

"I was good," Beal said. "A little sore but I was alright."

A win also would give the Wizards a 2-1 edge in the season series with Chicago which is playing tonight vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Brooklyn Nets

5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Brooklyn Nets

Here are five plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 129-108 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night at the Verizon Center that are worth revisiting...

1. The Wizards' night ended much better than it began. Early in the afternoon John Wall was dealing with a migraine headache, as reported by CSN. His status for the game was considered questionable.

But then he showed up and was cleared to start. And very early he showed everyone that he was good to go.

Wall finished with 22 points and nine assists, two of those points coming on this vicious attack of the basket past a helpless Jeremy Lin:

2. This was Wall's best highlight of the night. He drove and scooped in a pretty layup off the glass:

3. As mentioned above, Wall had nine assists, none better than this dish to Marcin Gortat that followed some nifty dribble moves:

4. This was the best play of the night. Bradley Beal used a hesitation move to get to the rim and finish with a gorgeous layup on an and-1:

Beal ended up with 19 points, 15 of them in the third quarter alone. 

5. One of the biggest stories of the night was the bench, which combined to score 70 points. Two of those came on this alley-oop from Brandon Jennings to Kelly Oubre, Jr.:

Jennings had 18 points and nine assists and Oubre added nine points, his highest scoring output since Feb. 6. Add it all up and the Wizards are officially heading back to the playoffs for the first time in two years.

[RELATED: Wizards clinch playoff spot for third time in four years]

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Devin Booker scores 70 points, becoming just the sixth player to ever that milestone

Devin Booker scores 70 points, becoming just the sixth player to ever that milestone

BOSTON -- Devin Booker scored 70 points, becoming the sixth different player in NBA history to reach that total, but the Boston Celtics got 34 points from Isaiah Thomas and outlasted the Phoenix Suns 130-120 on Friday night.

Booker joined Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, David Thompson, David Robinson and Elgin Baylor as the NBA's 70-point scorers. Baylor also held the previous record against the Celtics with 64 points in Minneapolis for the Lakers on Nov. 8, 1959.

Just 20 years old, Booker scored 51 after halftime.

The win was Boston's third straight, and avenged its buzzer-beater loss in Phoenix earlier this month.

The rematch was dominated early by the Celtics as they hit eight 3-pointers during a 37-point second quarter to grow their lead as high as 26 points.

Chamberlain had six 70-point games and his 62 points on Jan. 14, 1962, had been the most in Boston.

Phoenix has already been eliminated from playoff contention, and had only eight available players because of injuries. Younger than some lineups in the NCAA Tournament, the Suns have lost seven straight and nine of their last 10, and they were out of this one early before Booker's explosive performance made it interesting.

His previous career best was 39, which he reached three times before Friday. He had 19 points at halftime, then scored 23 in the third quarter to get the Suns back within range.

Boston took advantage of a disastrous shooting start by the Suns to build an early cushion.

The Suns missed their first 13 shots from the floor before Booker finally hit the first field goal for Phoenix on a layup with 4:40 left in the first quarter.