Bradley Beal helped the Washington Wizards defeat Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.
No. 3 went 8-of-17 from the field and 4-of-10 from 3-point range for 25 points while adding three assists, three steals and four rebounds across 39 minutes.
The Wizards jumped out to an early lead and were able to hang on at the end against a Warriors team without Kevin Durant for much of the night due to injury. Washington handed Golden State its 10th loss of the season.
NO. 3 DROPS DUBS
Bradley opened his night on fire as he scored 16 of his 25 points in the first quarter. Beal started his scoring by cutting to the left corner off a screen for a three to give the Wizards a 3-point lead. Later, he put the home team up nine with a mid-range jumper off the dribble before following that up with a catch and shoot 3-ball from the right side to push the lead to 12.
With 6:56 to play in the opening quarter, Brad then came off another screen on the right side and knocked down his third triple of the night. With 5:50 remaining, he caught an inbound pass under the basket and finished the layup plus a foul on Curry. A minute later, he kept his hot streak going with a drive down the baseline on Curry. Brad faked a pass back out to teammate John Wall in the corner before hitting a floater to push the Wizards’ lead to 29-14.
With 2:27 left in the first, teammate Kelly Oubre Jr. stole an entry pass and threw an outlet pass to Wall to ignite the break. Wall drove to the hoop and threw a lob to Real Deal Beal, who caught the pass one-handed in midair and fired it back to Oubre Jr. trailing the play for a dunk in what was Bradley’s prettiest assist of the evening.
Beal didn’t score again until the second half, but he made it count. With 5:20 to go in the third and the Wizards nursing a two point lead, Bradley came off another screen at the top of the arc before hitting his fourth 3-pointer to put Washington up 75-70.
Late in the game with 1:54 to play and the Wizards down one, Bradley split a double team and was able to finish a runner in the lane over Draymond Green to give the Wizards the lead.
Teammate Markieff Morris later iced the game for Washington with two clutch free throws and the Wizards held on the beat the Warriors 112-108.
Impressive 1st quarter for Bradley Beal & the @WashWizards.
His 16 1Q PTS came up huge in our #NBAInPlay app! pic.twitter.com/qYQnnzYyXX
— NBA Fantasy (@NBAFantasy) March 1, 2017
I still don't understand why Bradley Beal wasn't an all star …
— Victor Dawson Jr (@VictorDawsonJr) March 1, 2017
They need to make another he got game wit Bradley Beal
— Abdul Kabir (@AbdulThe1st) March 1, 2017
Great game tonight @RealDealBeal23
Enjoyed getting to meet you! pic.twitter.com/c5EszO3w5U
— Tyler Tricquet (@tylertricquet16) March 1, 2017
The Wizards head on the road to face the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, March 1.
Bradley will look to increase his scoring output from the first time these two teams met in the Wizards’ third game of the season. Bradley had 15 points on 5-for-13 shooting along with two assists and one rebound. All of these are below his season averages and the Wizards will need more from him if they want to compete on the second night of a back to back against a revamped Raptors squad.
The Raptors will look to add to a four-game winning streak despite losing guard Kyle Lowry for the rest of the regular season.
This game brings added intrigue as the Wizards and Raptors are currently tied for the third seed in the Eastern conference.
Tipoff in Toronto is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.
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