Even without Wall to set the tempo, Washington opened the game with a 25-8 run. The Wizards rode that advantage throughout the half and went into halftime with a 16 point lead.
Toronto’s reserves closed the gap in the fourth quarter, getting the deficit down to three with 6:37 left, but that’s as close as they would get. The Wizards responded with a 10-0 run over the next 1:42 to put the game away and snap their three-game losing streak with an impressive and much-needed road win.
Bradley Beal’s All-Star case keeps getting stronger and stronger
Ever since last week’s scuffle with Draymond Green, Beal has responded with some of the best play of his career. He’s scored at least 35 points in each of the last three games, and frankly, if last Sunday’s game in Sacramento hadn’t gotten out of hand so early, it could very easily be four in a row. If there was any doubt about whether or not Beal would make the All-Star Game this season, a stretch like this should remove any doubt.
Considering how well he played head-to-head against DeMar DeRozan (who scored 26 points on 21 shots) it might not be long before we’re asking if Beal is the best shooting guard in the Eastern Conference.
Bradley Beal with the pretty stepback. pic.twitter.com/CILaR3xhcM— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) November 6, 2017
Tomas Satoransky saves the early lead
The Wizards had jumped out to an early 7-2 lead when Tim Frazier picked up two quick fouls just three minutes into the game. Something like that could have destroyed Washington’s early momentum, but Tomas Satoransky was able to come in and keep the good times rolling. Washington outscored Toronto 30-21 with him in the floor as the Wizards extended the lead out to 14.
He didn’t do a lot on the stat sheet other than extend possessions with some crucial offensive rebounds, but he held his ground defensively didn’t do anything to get in the way of the rest of the starters on the other end. That was more than enough to get the job done in this one, in spite of his struggles against Fred VanVleet in the second half.
- Kyle Lowry was ejected in the second quarter after picking up two technical fouls arguing with a ref.
- Markieff Morris is still shaking off the rust. He played a little under 18 minutes and finished with 10 points and 4 rebounds. He looked better than he did on Friday in his return against Cleveland, but he’s still not quite himself.
- The Wizards continue to do well on end of quarter shots. Kelly Oubre drilled a three at the end of the first quarter to extend Washington’s lead to 17.
Next up: The Wizards head back home to host the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday at 7 p.m.