Five Wizards players scored in double figures on Wednesday night, led by Bradley Beal and Jabari Parker with 28 each and Thomas Bryant added 18 points and 19 rebounds as the Wizards overcame Devin Booker’s 50-point effort for a 124-121 victory in Phoenix.
The Wizards had no answer for Booker early on as he erupted for 30 first-half points. There was a little bit of buzz regarding the Booker and Beal matchup but we’d have to wait until the second half for that to live up to the hype. After a cold first half, Beal connected on 7 of his first 8 field goals to start the third period as the lead seesawed back and forth.
With the Suns leading 90-89 entering the fourth quarter, the teams continued to trade baskets as defense was
at a premium not played.
With the game tied at 118 and under a minute to play, Bradley Beal drove to the lane, drew in Bryant’s defender, and kicked it to the second year player for a go-ahead 3-pointer.
Jamal Crawford answered with a three on the other end to tie the game back up and give the Wizards an opportunity to win the game and avoid overtime. Once again Beal had the ball in his hands. He curled off of two screens and found Bryant in the lane for the basket and foul with 2.8 seconds remaining.
THOMAS. BRYANT. ONIONS. pic.twitter.com/6gFa0lGOXp— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) March 28, 2019
Washington’s win snaps a five-game losing streak and keeps them mathematically in the hunt for a playoff spot for at least one more night.
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On one hand, you have a team in Phoenix that was eliminated from playoff contention back in February and is very much in play for the top overall pick. On the other hand, you have Washington, a team hanging onto their playoff hopes by the hair on their chin, and as you could expect, not an ounce of defense was played.
Devin Booker was cooking early and often in this one. Wide open threes in transition? Yup. Getting all the way to the rim? Not a problem. Flashing in the paint for baskets close in? No resistance there either. Booker was outstanding early on as he scored 18 of Phoenix’s 30 first quarter points.
He scored 30 points in the first half on 10-of-14 shooting as it looked like another 59 point night was very much in play. Somehow, the Wizards held Booker to 20 points in the second half as the sharpshooter notched another 50-point game.
Booker vs. Beal was the headliner coming into this one and finally lived up to the billing in the second half. After a cold first half, he came alive in the second half and hit a number of big shots to keep Booker and the Suns from pulling away. He ended the night with 28 points.
Jabari Parker got in on the fun in the first half with a double-double as he notched 18 points (on 7-of-12 shooting) and 10 rebounds off the bench. He didn’t replicate that performance in the second half but was still able to finish the game with a very impressive 28 points and 15 rebounds.
Jeff Green was on the right side of the internet tonight
Next up: The Wizards (31-45) head to Utah to face the Jazz (44-30) on Friday night at 9 pm Eastern Time.