It wasn’t a “breakout” game from beginning to end, but in crunch time, young shooting guard Bradley Beal had enough firepower to push the Washington Wizards past the Phoenix Suns. Beal scored 7 points in the final 2:03, including the final 4 of the game, and that effort kept Washington at a safe distance in route to a 101-95 win.
The 20-year-old Beal finished with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals in the game, but in actuality, the Wizards were led from an all-court perspective by their best player, John Wall. Wall put up an 18-point, 12-assist double-double in 35 minutes, and the attention drawn to him certainly helped to free up players like Beal and Trevor Ariza (who scored a game-high 23 points) for open looks throughout the night.
For Phoenix, it was a balanced effort with 5 players in double-figures, but there was no singular explosion by any member of the Suns, and they ran out of opportunities. Phoenix was decimated on the glass by a 44-30 margin, and that led to the Suns attempting 15 less field goals than the visiting Wizards, setting the stage for their loss.
At 24-18, the Suns are still in decent shape as they look toward the Western Conference playoffs, but this is an unquestionably large win for the playoff-bound Wizards, as they reach .500 (again) at 21-21.