The Washington Wizards are back in the win column after defeating the Utah Jazz 131-122. The Jazz are currently the league’s best team, but the Wizards proved that any team can be beaten.
(Don’t worry we don’t understand either how Washington beat the Jazz but not the Kings.)
Anywho Washington won! The backcourt duo of Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal combined for 78 points. Ted Leonsis was very pleased!
78 points combined from @RealDealBeal23 and @russwest44 for a much needed win. Great production from the back court to end losing streak.#DCAboveAll https://t.co/7o4brFJm8i— Ted Leonsis (@TedLeonsis) March 19, 2021
It definitely was an All-Star showing between Beal and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell as they both scored 40-plus points, but Beal had the help of Westbrook to secure the win. Washington pushed through the first three quarters outscoring the Jazz and not letting up. Utah won the fourth quarter but just wasn’t enough to win the game.
Beal scored another game-high with 43 points, shooting 4-6 from three-point range. Westbrook had another triple-double night with 35 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists. 20 of his 35 points came in the first half as he came into the game taking over from the beginning.
Russ did it all tonight with his 13th triple-double!— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) March 19, 2021
35 PTS ⁄ 15 RBS ⁄ 13 ASTS #WizJazz | @russwest44 pic.twitter.com/2MCOSllmj5
Mitchell scored 42 for Utah while Joe Ingles was hot from three-point range going 8-of-10.
Although Beal and Westbrook carried the team, Rui Hachimura added 12 points and Robin Lopez had 11 points off the bench.
Much can’t be said as to how the Wizards struggle against sub-par teams, but beat top tier teams with no problem. If only they can beat all teams in this manner, things would be different.
Washington heads on the road to New York next facing the Brooklyn Nets who they’ve already beaten twice this season. Can the Wizards make it three wins?
Game time is scheduled for for 7 p.m. ET on Sunday and televised on NBC Sports Washington and NBA TV.