Wizards finish the fight against Brooklyn, 113-107, as Beal continues to be like Kobe
The Washington Wizards (17-31) took on the Brooklyn Nets (21-27) on their home court at Capital One Arena Saturday night, trying to even their record at home and capitalize on their Thursday night win against Charlotte.
Keeping it fairly close through most of the first quarter, the Wizards held Nets star Kyrie Irving in check with no field goals after a 54-point night in his last outing Friday at Chicago. Brooklyn opened up a nine-point lead at the end of the quarter on Garrett Temple’s 14 points, which it extended to 12 points a few minutes into the second quarter. Irving scored his first basket with 5:29 left in the half. Isaac Bonga’s dunk with 4:02 left brought the Wizards to within seven, and the half ended with Brooklyn up 61-59.
The Wizards tied it early in the third quarter and traded leads through the first five minutes, ending the quarter three points down at 84-81. In the fourth quarter, Washington fell behind by as many as 9, but successive dunks by Bradley Beal and Thomas Bryant drove Brooklyn to call a timeout with seven minutes left. The Wizards finally took the lead with 2:13 to play in the game on a free throw by Bradley Beal which they never relinquished on the way to a 113-107 win. Beal led all scorers with 34 and continued his streak of 30-plus point games, while Isaiah Thomas chipped in 12 to start a two-game winning streak going into their matchup against Golden State on Monday night.