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By-the-numbers look at the Wizards' hot start and continued dominance at home

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By-the-numbers look at the Wizards' hot start and continued dominance at home

The Wizards are off to a strong 4-2 start through six games of the 2017-18 NBA regular-season schedule.

While there the season is still in its infancy, here are some numbers and notes to help define just how the Wizards got off to such a fast start.



The Wizards' four wins matches their best start through six games since 2005-06. They were also 4-2 to begin the 2014-15 season. Believe it or not, only four times since 1990 have the Wizards won four of their first six games.


The Wizards have 670 points through six games, the most they've had in the first six games of a season since 1977-78. Last season the Wizards had just 592 points after six games and were 1-5.


Otto Porter's tied for the NBA lead with 2.7 steals per game. He is just the third Wizards player to have at least 16 steals through six games since 1995-96. The others were John Wall in 2010-11 (19 steals) and Caron Butler in 2006-07 (18).



Marcin Gortat has started 88 straight games without missing a game, the fourth-longest such streak. The three players ahead of him are all Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Jeff Teague.


This streak ended with Sunday's blowout win over the Kings, but the Wizards' began the season with five straight games decided by five points or less. They were just the second team in NBA history to do that, matching the Michael Jordan-led 1992-93 Chicago Bulls.


The Wizards are 47-23 since Dec. 4, 2016, the best record in the Eastern Conference in that span. That 47-23 mark breaks out to a .671 win percentage which would be good for 55 wins over a full season. 


Only two teams have more home wins than the Wizards since Dec. 8, 2016 when their streak of 17 straight home victories began. The Wizards are 2-0 at Capital One Arena to begin this season with seven of their next nine at home.


Bradley Beal's ejection on Friday night helped end his streak of 42 straight games with at least one three-pointer. It was the second-longest such streak in franchise history behind Gilbert Arenas, who hit threes in 53 straight games back in 2005.


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Wizards continue dominance of Bucks with huge road win

Wizards continue dominance of Bucks with huge road win

The Washington Wizards beat the Milwaukee Bucks 99-88 on Monday night. Here's analysis of what went down...

Statement win: Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks still have a ways to go if they plan on catching up to the Washington Wizards.

In what has become a five-year trend, the Wizards continue to have Milwaukee's number. The Wizards have now won 15 of their last 20 meetings going back to 2012. There is no question the Bucks are one of the most talented young teams in the NBA, but John Wall and the Wizards have absolutely owned them.

Wall was able to return after missing Sunday's game and that was a big storyline, but Kelly Oubre, Jr. stole the show. He came through with 18 points in 22 minutes on 6-of-8 shooting. That included 10 points in the fourth quarter. He was 3-for-5 from three-point range.

All five Wizards starters reached double figures and the same was the case for the Bucks. Marcin Gortat (10 points, 15 rebounds) took advantage of the Bucks being the NBA's worst rebounding team. Otto Porter (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Bradley Beal (23 points) also came up big.

Antetokounmpo had 23 points, but shot just 38.1 percent from the field. The Wizards were playing the second game of a back-to-back, but it was the Bucks who looked sluggish.

Wall played: After missing Sunday's game against the Raptors with a swollen left knee, Wall returned to the Wizards lineup on Monday in time to face one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference. Wall's presence certainly helped, though it didn't appear like he is fully back to 100 percent.

Wall didn't have the same burst we are used to, and he didn't shoot well, but he was productive. He finished with 15 points and six assists.

Wall looked to be more cautious than he was on Friday night against the Heat, when he was held back by the injury.


Beal makes history: With his first three of the game in the third quarter, Beal made history as the youngest player ever to hit 700 threes in the NBA. Naturally, it was assisted by Wall.

Here's the play:

The list of players with the most three-pointers before their 25th birthday is a great one an dit includes another Wizards:

1. Gilbert Arenas: 24 years, 316 days (779)
2. J.R. Smith: 24 years, 149 days (777)
3. Kyrie Irving: 24 years, 364 days (701)
4. Kevin Durant: 24 years, 198 days (701)
5. Bradley Beal: 24 years, 145 days (700)

Some fireworks: Anytime these teams face each other these days, it's worth recalling how the Wizards didn't like Antetokounmpo staying in late in a game last December to chase his career-high. Though there were no major dustups in this one, there were two moments that suggested the Wizards do not care much for the Greek Freak.

This first one was instigated by Antetokounmpo. Early in the first quarter he drew a foul on Markieff Morris and then talked some trash. The play earned both players technical fouls:

Then, in the second quarter Beal caught Antetokounmpo with a chasedown block. Aftewards, Beal gave him a nice stare as he walked by:

A playoff series between these teams would be fun to watch.

Up next: The Wizards have a day off before heading to Charlotte to see the Hornets for the first time this season. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington Plus.


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Bradley Beal now officially the youngest to make 700 threes in NBA history

Bradley Beal now officially the youngest to make 700 threes in NBA history

Bradley Beal just needed one 3-pointer against the Bucks to make history.

That's because the Wizards' star shooting guard entered the Monday night game in Milwaukee with 699 career 3-point makes.

With his first make, Beal not only eclipsed the 700 3-point make plateau, but became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 700 3-point makes.

The St. Louis native's accomplishment on Monday night broke the record previously set by Cleveland's J.R. Smith, who accomplished the feat during the 2010-2011 season, his sixth season as an NBA pro.

Like Smith, Beal eclipsed the 700 3-point makes plateau in his sixth season, but Beal entered his sixth season having played in 25 less games than Smith. Beal however, entered his sixth season with 44 more 3-point makes than Smith did.

Only five players have reached the 700 made 3-pointers plateau before their 25th birthday.


NBA 3-Point Leaders Before 25th Birthday
— Kyrie Irving (24 years, 364 days) 
— Gilbert Arenas (24 years, 316 days)
— Kevin Durant (24 years, 198 days) 
— J.R. Smith (24 years, 149 days) 
— Bradley Beal (24 years, 145 days) 

Beal entered the Monday contest having made 36 of his 97 3-point attempts this season, which sits at a career-low 37.1 percent from beyond the arc.

Only once — his rookie season — has Beal finished with a 3-point percentage under 38.6 percent.

Beal is on pace for 184 3-point makes this season, which would sit at second-best for his career, following his 223 3-pointers made last season.