The Washington Wizards defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 118-112 on Friday night at Capital One Arena.
Though the Wizards started this game on a rather even note with Atlanta, they blew the game open to lead by as many as 19 points in the third quarter in a rather non-conventional way. At the free throw line.
Washington only shot 40 percent from the field while Atlanta shot just 38.1 percent. However, the Wizards also made 9-of-12 free throws while the Hawks missed both of theirs. To be honest, this was kind of bizarre from a statistical standpoint.
Bradley Beal continued to keep his streak of consecutive 25 point games alive, scoring 35 tonight. He shot a very efficient 13-of-21 from the field and made 7-of-10 three-pointers.
It's raining 3s from #️⃣3️⃣ pic.twitter.com/9k1meZNlpz— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) March 7, 2020
But I also wanted to point out that Beal’s start was more .... Meessemanic (sorry, can’t help myself but it’s a term now!) levels earlier on. In fact, the Panda shot a torrid 11-of-14 from the field in his first 26 minutes of game action!
31 points in 26 minutes!— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) March 7, 2020
11-14 FG, 7-9 3PT.#WizHawks | @RealDealBeal23 pic.twitter.com/ZJnngJ2iP9
Yes, the Hawks made a comeback in the fourth quarter and cut the deficit back to single digits. But Washington ultimately had enough to put this victory in the books. The W is all that mattered in the end.
They also did so with alumnus Marcin Gortat coming back to receive the “welcome back” he deserved all along. A video played during intermission to welcome him back.
For the Wizards, Davis Bertans also added 17 points while Jerome Robinson added 14 points.
Cam Reddish led the Hawks with 28 points off the bench. And Vince Carter, who’s retiring after this season, scored 8 points himself in his last game in the nation’s capital.
This will NEVER get old pic.twitter.com/oJzFawH8eV— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) March 7, 2020
There isn’t much time to celebrate this win. Washington will host the Miami Heat this Sunday. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET!