The Washington Wizards got back in the win column by defeating the New Orleans Pelicans 116-106 on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena. The Wiz have now won three of their last four games and are climbing up the standings.
Washington sits tied with Milwaukee for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
Bradley Beal turned in yet another impressive performance on Tuesday, finishing with 26 points, five rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals against the Pelicans. It is the 17th time this season that Brad has led Washington in scoring.
The Wizards as a team started fast and sprinted out to a 36-19 first quarter lead. After they saw their lead cut to six by halftime, The Panda erupted for 22 second half points.
No. 3 especially found his rhythm from behind the arc, shooting 5-11 from three-point range on the night.
“I’m going to shoot ‘til my arm falls off,” Beal said. “I’m a confident player, I stay confident in my shot.”
Early in the second half, BB went down with what appeared to be an ankle injury, but returned to help lead his team to the victory.
Brad lit up the scoreboard in the third quarter after the injury scare, scoring 14 points while the Pelicans, led by Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, only mustered 15 in the period.
“I was able to get up and walk and there wasn’t any pain with walking, so I just laced ‘em up a little tighter,” Beal said, “so I just stayed in the game.”
The Wizards outscored New Orleans by 17 in the third and were able to hold onto that lead comfortably in the fourth to secure the win in their first of two matchups with the Pelicans this season.
After the game, Beal credited their defense, which forced 16 turnovers and recorded three blocks, and their second-half spark as main reasons for the victory.
The Wizards’ next game is on the road against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday at 7:30pm ET.