Bam Adebayo was a man amongst boys tonight as the third-year player scored 27 points to go along with 14 rebounds as the Miami Heat knocked off the Wizards, 100-89.
Shabazz Napier scored a season-high 27 points tonight while Davis Bertans and Bradley Beal added 25 and 23 points respectively but it wouldn’t be nearly enough as the rest of the Washington roster combined for just 14 points.
Early in the fourth quarter, Shabazz Napier curled off a screen and heaved up a three-pointer which went in and he got fouled giving Washington a 83-75 lead. The Wizards would go ice cold from that point on. Davis Bertans snapped a 9-0 Miami run with a three-pointer but that was the only basket the Wizards would make before Scott Brooks emptied the bench in garbage time.
Miami outscored Washington 25-6 to close this game as Adebayo was too much too handle and Duncan Robinson would hit one big three-pointer after another.
This game was certainly in reach for the Wizards, they just went cold at the worst possible time.
Washington doesn’t get much scoring help from guys other than Bradley Beal, Davis Bertans, and Shabazz Napier
Not only was the trio of Beal, Bertans and Napier the only guys who scored in double figures tonight, but they scored 75 of Washington’s 89 points.
Napier turned in his best performance has a Wizard tonight with a game-high 27 points. Napier shot just 6-14 from the field but went 4-8 from three-point range and knocked down 11-14 free throw attempts. Napier along with Bertans were the main scoring threats for the Wizards as the duo had to carry the load in the second half.
Meanwhile, Davis Bertans stayed hot from three-point range pouring in 25 points on 8-15 from distance.
Bradley Beal’s streak of 21 games with 25+ points is snapped
The Wizards couldn’t buy a bucket to start this game, literally. After going scoreless over the first 3:30 of the game, a Rui Hachimura steal passed ahead to Bradley Beal for a thunderous jam got the Wizards on the score board in this one.
cold blooded ❄️ pic.twitter.com/94B4bKfTpz— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) March 8, 2020
After scoring eight first quarter points, Beal got hot again in the second quarter. Back-back-back three-pointers from Beal cut the Miami lead in half as the Wizards were able to pull within six, 46-40. Brad was an impressive 7-10 from the field in the first half including going 4-5 from three-point range for 20 first half points as Washington was able to stay within striking distance and trailed by just 3, 57-54 at the break.
The second half was a nightmare for Beal. Beal drilled a three-pointer early in the third quarter to give the Wizards the lead 62-59 but that would be the last points he’d score for the night. Beal went just 1-14 from the floor in the second half and scored only three points, snapping his streak of 25+ point games at 21.
Up Next: The Wizards look to get back in the win column when the Knicks come to town on Tuesday night.