Bradley Beal and the Wizards split a pair of games over the weekend against the New Orleans Pelicans and Miami Heat. It’s been a busy stretch for the Wizards as the playoff race heats up and the Wizards capped off a stretch of three games in five days.
On Friday night, the Wizards defeated the Pelicans, who have been surging up the Western Conference standings of late, by a score of 116-97.
The Wizards took advantage of a quick start, big second quarter, and balanced scoring from the starters and the bench, to open the game up and pick up a win against a challenging opponent.
Brad notched 16 points, seven assists and four rebounds and posted a +17 rating for the game. He was joined in double figures in the scoring department by Otto Porter (19) and Markieff Morris (17) in the starting lineup, and Mike Scott (14), Kelly Oubre (11) and Jodie Meeks (10) off the bench.
Despite only shooting 34 percent from three-point range as a team, the Wizards’ balance helped them overcome a Pelicans squad playing without Anthony Davis.
Unfortunately, the Wizards couldn’t pull out the win on Saturday night on the second night of the back-to-back in Miami.
The Wizards fell behind early and trailed by 12 points at halftime. A sluggish third quarter, in which the Wiz allowed 43 points, all but sealed their 129-102 defeat.
The Wizards did get the better of the Heat earlier in the week, and while they would have liked to pick up another win against Miami, they did post a 2-1 record for the week. The Wizards sit firmly in playoff position after the weekend in the fifth spot, with an opportunity to still climb as high as No. 3 before the regular season ends in April.
But for now, BB and the Wizards are focusing in on another tough matchup on Tuesday.
The Wizards will be back at home to face off against the Minnesota Timberwolves, yet another team battling for their playoff lives out in the Western Conference. The game will tip off at 7pm ET on NBA TV on Tuesday.