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Beal helps Wizards make strong opening statement on road trip

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In today's Wake-Up Call, we take a look at how Bradley Beal led the Wizards to a big win over the Rockets, Martell Webster's return to the active list and Andre Miller's impressive recall skills.

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1. Wizards start Western Conference road trip with a strong opening statement

Let's get one thing straight about last night's game: It was not a statement game. We know the Wizards can beat good teams. The question is, how will they fare when they have a string of games against tough teams without any break? Once we have a better idea of how they answer that question, then we can talk about whether or not Monday's win was part of a larger statement about how well they can play against Western Conference teams.

To the recaps!

Bullets Forever

Wiz of Awes

Washington Post

CSN Washington

2. Bradley Beal scores season-high 33 points

Sure, Beal padded his numbers last night with some late free throws as the Rockets tried to extend the game, but that shouldn't take away from an otherwise excellent performance. It's only fitting that in Houston, Bradley Beal played like a true Moreyball disciple, focusing on threes and getting to the rim in one of his best games of the year. Here are some highlights from his performance.

3. Webster returns, but doesn't make it to the floor

Martell Webster was on the active list for the first time this season against the Rockets, but he didn't get any playing time in his first game back. Given the Wizards' struggles in the second quarter, you can understand why Wittman chose to stick with Rasual Butler and Otto Porter to try to get things going instead of risking more damage by trying to reintegrate Webster at a bad time. Don't be shocked if he finds some playing time on Tuesday against the Mavericks, to help things out on the second night of back-to-back games in Texas.

4. Andre Miller's memory is probably better than yours

Andre Miller has lingered around the NBA forever, wafting around from team to team just long enough to leave a mark before moving on to somewhere else. When you float around from team to team like that, it can be hard to remember all the players you've made beautiful music with, but Andre Miller never forgets. ESPN Insider's Tom Haberstroh asked Andre Miller if he could name the 13 players he's assisted more than 150 times in his career, and he does a better job than you'd think remembering his most frequent recipients.