Despite 38 points from Bradley Beal and a 24-point performance from Davis Bertans off of the bench, the Wizards narrowly lost 134-129 to the Heat in overtime on Wednesday night in Miami. The Wizards trailed by as many as 21 in the second quarter but rallied back in the second half, falling short in an extra period.
Beal did his part to lead the comeback, scoring 25 of his 38 points in the second half and overtime, while adding nine rebounds and five assists in the loss. Beal has now scored 35-plus points nine times this season, trailing only Trae Young among Eastern Conference players.
Tonight, No. 3’s personal highlight reel showed that there wasn’t a shot that the former Florida Gator couldn’t hit. He showcased everything from the ability to hit the jumper after crossing over an opponent – making him look silly to the ability to repeatedly drive to the lane for the score – to occasionally slamming the rock down with authority when needed.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) January 23, 2020
While Beal’s buckets usually included and aggressive drive to the rack or a slam, the Latvian Laser Davis Bertans was finding a way to contribute to the offensive game plan via his signature deep ball. He made use of his range early and often.
Bertans checked into the game midway through the first quarter and jolted the Wizards’ offense back to life. After the Wizards’ deficit hit 10, Bertans scored his first buckets of the night on a pair of physical layups. Miami’s Kendrick Nunn scored on three straight possessions to maintain the Heat’s double-digit lead, but that lead finally cracked when Bertans and Jordan McRae hit back-to-back threes to cut Miami’s advantage to two. Bertans hit another three as time expired in the first quarter to finish the opening frame with 10 points on 4-5 (.800) shooting in six minutes of action.
Davis Bertans with buzzer beating 3 fire tonight. pic.twitter.com/6TadD5RgZ1
— Hoop District (@HoopDistrictDC) January 23, 2020
If Bertans isn’t in the 3pt contest what are we even doing?
— The Secret Weapon (@Broom_Kevin) January 23, 2020
The prolific offensive showing put on by the Killer B’s of Beal and Bertans even caught the attention of opposing fans.
If they keep deploying 2-3 zone while Bertans and/or Beal are playing…… Spo is bold
— alex toledo (@tropicalblanket) January 23, 2020
Beal’s night was punctuated by playing his best basketball in the final quarter and in the bonus- basketball OT period.
In the fourth quarter, Bradley posted 10 points on a perfect 4-4 (1.000) from the field to go along with three rebounds and an assist. With Miami up six with just over three minutes left, Bertans hit his fourth three-pointer of the night before Beal scored on three consecutive possessions to give Washington a three-point lead. With 35.5 seconds remaining, James Johnson hit a corner three to tie the game and send it to overtime.
In extras, Miami jumped out to an early five-point lead on a 3-pointer from Tyler Herro – his seventh of the night – in the first minute of overtime. Beal and Jimmy Butler traded baskets on three straight possessions, but Washington was never able to overcome Miami’s early overtime lead. Beal managed a decent look to tie the game with 10 seconds remaining, but couldn’t get it to fall.
Three other Washington Wizards – Ian Mahinmi, Isaiah Thomas and Jordan McRae all finished their nights in double figures as well.
The Wizards are back in action on Thursday night in Cleveland, taking on the Cavaliers (12-32) at 7:00 p.m. ET.