The Washington Wizards (1-5) defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves (2-3) on Saturday night, 130-109.
Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 31 points and 7 assists, Thomas Bryant scored 18 points on 7-of-7 shooting and eight players overall scored in double digits.
Washington started on the right foot as they raced to a 37-25 first quarter lead. Of course, Minnesota came right back to make things tighter at half time to make it 60-57. Still, the most important part of this win was that the Wizards never trailed.
The third quarter iced the game for Washington where they held Minnesota to 26.3 percent shooting while they shot 61.9 percent themselves which was a 40-14 romp in favor of D.C.. It wasn’t just Beal dropping points. All of the starters scored at least 6 points each, which is a testament to how well they are playing together. Washington was able to lead by as many as 37 points before the bench took over.
I don’t have much more to say about the win, besides the fact that it was a good and much-needed win. To be clear, I’m not backing down or retracting my statements from last night. The Wizards still must play in “panic mode” and as fans, we all should still have the “panic button” pushed down. A coaching change still needs to happen.
But I’m also just happy that the Wizards won tonight.
The Wizards are back in action on Sunday when they play the Brooklyn Nets. Tip off is at 6 p.m. ET.