The Washington Wizards finished off a season sweep of Brooklyn with a 129-108 victory over the Nets on Friday night. John Wall carried the Wizards with 22 points, 9 assists, and 4 rebounds in under 24 minutes of action.
Washington started off slow in this one. They trailed for most of the first quarter before uncorking a 15-3 run to close the period and take a nine point lead. The run was fueled by their second unit, particularly Brandon Jennings, who finished the night with 18 points and 9 assists. On the other end, the Wizards forced 8 turnovers and held Brooklyn to 38 percent shooting in the first half as Washington raced out to a 21 point halftime lead.
Brooklyn used a 19-9 run after halftime to make the game respectable, but it didn’t last long, thanks to a 14 point third quarter by Bradley Beal, including this dazzling play:
Bradley Beal just pulled off one of his best plays of the season. Just sick. #WizNets pic.twitter.com/LtUoJmnyHc— CSN Wizards (@CSNWizards) March 25, 2017
Beal’s big quarter kept the Nets at bay and allowed the starters to rest the entire fourth quarter as they cruised to a 21 point win. Bojan Bogdanovic was the only player who logged over 25 minutes.
Playoff standings update
With the win, the Wizards hold a one game lead over the Raptors for third place in the Eastern Conference. However, they’re still 2.5 games behind the Celtics who defeated the Suns on Friday night.
However, the Wizards can potentially clinch a playoff spot if things break right in other NBA action. They already got help thanks to the Magic defeating the Pistons. If the 76ers can hold on to defeat the Bulls, the Wizards will officially clinch a playoff spot this evening.