After missing six games with a hamstring injury, Bradley Beal made his return to the lineup for the Washington Wizards this week and in just his second game back, Washington snapped a 10-game losing streak with a win over the Phoenix Suns.
The Wizards suffered a tough loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday despite Brad scoring 29 points in his return, but two nights later in Phoenix, No. 3 and D.C. would not be denied. When asked the feeling of finally breaking the streak, BB said it was “damn near like we won a playoff game.”
“This is great for spirits,” he said. “Everybody is in a great mood. It’s like a weight fell off our shoulders a little bit. Now we got past that [streak] and we can continue to build on this and move forward. It’s good to get a win under our belt.”
Brad scored 27 points, second on the team to Kyle Kuzma’s 29, and added six assists and six rebounds in a 113-110 Washington win. It was the team’s first victory since they defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves on November 28th, and a lot of the thanks goes to Brad, who was aggressive from the get-go, getting the ball to the bucket or to his teammates to finish. He ended up getting to the free throw line a season-best 14 times, where he scored 11 of his 27 points. He was also 11-of-13 from the line in the loss to the Lakers on Sunday, showing a renewed commitment to attacking the basket now that he is fully healthy.
“Seeing we were in the bonus early in the fourth, I just stayed in attack mode and kept getting to the line. Missed a few. Wish I had those back, but I don’t get too high or too low.”
Check out Brad’s highlights from the win below.