Magical Pixels, Wizards vs. Suns: Washington begins road trip with feel-great win

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So what's their record now? Wait...not gonna fall for that one again.

The Washington Wizards kicked off their four-game West Coast swing Friday night with an excellent 101-95 win over a very solid Phoenix Suns team, and thought it may not have been the Wizards' best win of the season, it sure did feel like the best.

The Miami Heat win may have been Washington's most thrilling victory this season, but the Wizards entered yesterday's contest off a terrible home loss to the depleted Boston Celtics, while the Suns were riding high after spanking the Indiana Pacers. So things looked pretty bleak, and yet the Wiz played solid basketball and pulled out a much-needed win.

Bradley Beal played closer down the stretch. With the score knotted at 93 with two minutes to play, Beal knocked own a three, nailed a pull-up jumper and slammed home a streaking dunk to secure the win. He finished with 17 points and six rebounds on 8-of-15 shooting. John Wall played a great game against Goran Dragic, scoring 18 points and handing out 12 assists against only two turnovers. Trevor Ariza led the team in scoring with 23 points on only 6-of-14 shooting, but he went 8-for-8 from the foul line. Marcin Gortat didn't finish with the best stat line with 14 points and five boards, but he finished with a team-high plus-17 against his old club. Nene chipped in 18 points and eight rebounds.

If nothing else, it was as satisfying a win as they've had all season. Now the challenge is to not have a letdown against the moribund Utah Jazz. No more Wizarding, Wizards.

KEY LINKS

Home team recaps: BF StoryStreamWashington PostAP | CSN Washington (recapsidebar) | Wiz of AwesDC Pro Sports ReportWizards.comMonumental Network

Road team recaps: Bright Side of the SunAZCentralArizona SportsSun-N-GunSuns.com

Game highlights

Listen to Dave Johnson's "Phoenix rising? No, Wizards rising," call.

Postgame interviews: Randy WittmanJohn WallBradley BealMarcin Gortat

KEY STATS

14 - Washington's rebounding advantage against Phoenix. The Wizards outboarded the Suns 44-30 (19-9 on the offensive glass), which helped them attempt 15 more shots than Phoenix.

TWEETS OF THE NIGHT

VIDEO/GIF OF THE NIGHT

Gorgeous. (H/T @recordsANDradio)

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