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Takeaways from Wizards' 4th win of season over Suns, Beal's career night

Takeaways from Wizards' 4th win of season over Suns, Beal's career night

For the first time in his career, Bradley Beal has put together consecutive games of 30-plus points -- and set a career-high with 42 points -- as he carried the Wizards to a 106-101 win over the Phoenix Suns at Verizon Center.  

Beal shot 14-for-22, including 5-for-10 from three-point range, and Wizards overcame the loss of Otto Porter and a terrible shooting performance by Wall (6-for-24).

Wall (18 points, 15 assists, three blocks), however, had a three-point play and a basket to reclaim the lead in the end. Marcin Gortat (10 points, 13 rebounds) was the  only other player to score in double figures.

On the other side of the ball, the Wizards (4-9) continued to have trouble getting stops as the Suns made 11 of 27 three-pointers and took an 11-point lead after halftime. Beal answered every run to chip away as they pulled it out down the stretch.

Beal had 34 points in a loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday. 

Eric Bledsoe (29 points, six assists, nine rebounds) led Phoenix followed by Devin Booker (30 points). Booker had seven points in a row late in the fourth to put his team back ahead 101-99 with 1:27 left. Wall countered with seven points in a row to retake the lead they'd never lose again.

-- Beal didn't just settle for three-point shots. He attacked closeouts by the Suns to get in the paint and made 11 trips to the foul line. The Wizards didn't do anything special to get him free. The Suns are awful at second efforts around solid screens, leaving their help in bad situations or just leaving Beal space to finish.

-- Porter went to the locker froom at 6:12 of the third quarter and didn't return because of right hip inflammation so Kelly Oubre (five points) took most of his minutes in the second half. 

-- Because the Suns go really small, coach Scott Brooks countered with a lineup that had Markieff Morris (five points, five rebounds) at center and Porter as a stretch power forward. It didn't work well because they were getting outrebounded in the second quarter (14-8). Gortat was put back in at 4:15 with them down 40-38. The Wizards got back on top by halftime 50-46 using a traditional lineup. 

-- After not playing the previous two games, Trey Burke was off the bench at 1:57 of the first quarter for Wall and was solid with Tomas Satoransky sharing the backcourt with him. Burke missed all three of his shots but created quality looks. Burke didn't return to action.

-- Phoenix lost the lead in the first half because they had 14 turnovers which led to 15 points. Its's how the Wizards had the edge despite 40% shooting from the field.

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Wizards will face Lakers, Clippers in Orlando's NBA exhibition schedule

Wizards will face Lakers, Clippers in Orlando's NBA exhibition schedule

Before the Wizards begin their eight-game schedule to close out the regular season on July 31, they will have three exhibition games to get warmed up in Orlando.

They will start July 22 against the Denver Nuggets and also play the Lakers and Clippers. Those are the three top seeds in the Western Conference.

Here is a look at their three-game set:

7/22: Nuggets, 3:30 pm ET
7/25: Clippers, 8 pm ET
7/27: Lakers, 3 pm ET

The question here, of course, is whether the stars will play given these games won't count. In a usual preseason, the answer would probably be 'no.' But in this case, with each team only having three games to find their rhythm before games start, and after months off, it is anyone's guess.

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It wouldn't be surprising if the Wizards did see some combination of Nikola Jokic, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The biggest question mark would be that Lakers game since it is the last exhibition game for both teams. Maybe James and/or Davis sit with two games already under their belt and an opening night meeting with the Clippers awaiting.

Either way, the Wizards will get a look at some of the NBA's best teams before they kick things off for real. And this also means they will be playing games nine days ahead of their regular season. There are now just under three weeks to go until the Wizards return to the court.

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Report: Pacers' Victor Oladipo opts out of NBA restart in Orlando

Report: Pacers' Victor Oladipo opts out of NBA restart in Orlando

Victor Oladipo has opted out of playing in the NBA's restart in Orlando, marking the biggest star yet who was expected to play backing out.

The news, which was first reported by the Athletic, is a health precaution as he aims to get 100 percent healthy for next season. He had played only 13 games this season after missing a full year due to a torn quadriceps tendon.

Oladipo, 28, is a two-time All-Star. His absence leaves the Indiana Pacers, the fifth-seed in the Eastern Conference, without their best player.

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The Wizards happen to play the Pacers as part of their new eight-game schedule to close out the regular season. Now they won't see Oladipo, who they had yet to face this season. 

Given Oladipo's recent injury history, it is not all that surprising he would make this move. But it also could open the door for other players of his stature to decide similarly.

Oladipo is a star in the league, but not on a team expected to compete for the title. Will others in a similar boat decide not to go? Wizards guard Bradley Beal, for one, is still mulling his own decision on whether to play.

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