Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook seem to be hitting their stride at just the right time.
Paced by the backcourt duo once again, the Wizards picked up their second straight win on Wednesday in dominant fashion, topping the Sacramento Kings (22-33) 123-111. Washington (21-33) finishes its six game road trip at 4-2.
Brad finished with a game-high 31 points along with four rebounds and three assists. As he was in Monday’s game against Utah, No. 3 was unstoppable attacking the paint against a Kings defense that holds the worst defensive rating in the league. When they did stop him, it generally resulted in a trip to the line, where Brad sunk all nine of his attempts.
But Brad wasn’t the only one to take advantage of Sacramento’s defensive woes. Westbrook once again played the role of floor general to perfection, with his sixth triple-double in as many games (the 170th of his career). Westbrook shot an efficient 12-of-22 from the field to go with 15 rebounds and 11 assists.
After the victory, Brad talked about Westbrook’s impact and ability to make those around him better.
“He’s unselfish,” Brad said. “He wants his guys to be involved in the game.”
The Wiz started the game off hot, shooting 68 percent in the first quarter and piled up more than 40-first quarter points to take a 42-31 lead after one. It didn’t take long for Brad to heat up, with his most impressive shot of the night being his first as he banked in a corner three that led to him sticking his tongue out towards his bench in celebration. The positive energy wouldn’t stop there.
Though the Kings eventually settled in and made some headway in the second quarter, they couldn’t stop BB, who shot 7-of-13 from the field for 20 points in the first half to lead the Wizards into halftime with a 70-60 lead.
Sacramento did make things interesting for a bit in the third quarter when De’Aaron Fox scored six points in 30 seconds to cut the Washington lead down to six, but that was the closest they’d get. The Wizards responded in the fourth while the Kings floundered, picking up four technicals in the final quarter that gave the Wizards four easy points and all the momentum. D.C. led by as many as 17 at one point, and the Kings were never able to gain any traction despite a solid 33-point outing for Fox.
The win puts the Wizards just a game out of the NBA’s postseason play-in tournament in the East, which Brad says is the team’s top priority.
“That’s our goal right now,” Brad said. “Obviously, we’re gonna need some help from some other teams.”
The Wizards can help themselves in the playoff race by carrying their momentum into an upcoming four-game homestand against four teams with losing records. Their first game will be against Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, April 16. The game will air on NBC Sports Washington at 7:00 p.m.