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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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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks destroy Wizards' mascot G-Wiz in WWE title match

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks destroy Wizards' mascot G-Wiz in WWE title match

Before the Wizards faced off with the best team in the NBA Monday night, the Bucks tried to send a message ahead of pregame intros. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo, joined by Robin Lopez, Wesley Matthews and a number of his Bucks teammates, challenged Wizards mascot G-Wiz to a title fight in the tunnel, and it did not go well for the latter. 

G-Wiz was outnumbered 4-to-1. He didn't have a chance, not to mention the fact that Antetokounmpo performed an egregiously illegal move by smashing G-Wiz in the face with the championship belt. The reigning NBA MVP should have been disqualified immediately. 

The Bucks have had plenty of time to practice for this day too. Before every game this year, Milwaukee holds intrasquad wrestling matches to get themselves ready for tip-off.

It's unclear how much preparation G-Wiz went through with Wizards players prior to this game. 

Hopefully the Bucks will arrange a fair rematch the next time they come to town. The odds were stacked heavily against G-Wiz in this one and Wizards fans should be furious. 

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Wizards sharpshooter Davis Bertans out vs. Bucks with right knee injury

Wizards sharpshooter Davis Bertans out vs. Bucks with right knee injury

WASHINGTON -- The Wizards will take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night without their best shooter and second-leading scorer, as forward Davis Bertans will sit due to right knee soreness. 

Head coach Scott Brooks revealed the news during his pregame press conference and explained it was precautionary in part because the Wizards were playing games on back-to-back nights.

"We want to be safe. Nothing serious," Brooks said. "Hopefully he will feel better tomorrow."

Brooks said Bertans first started feeling discomfort before Sunday's loss in Chicago. Bertans then played 37 minutes in the game, which Brooks admitted was more than the team had planned.

Bertans could return as soon as Wednesday when the Wizards host the Brooklyn Nets, Brooks said. But they will certainly miss him against the Bucks, who at 48-8 hold the best record in the NBA. Milwaukee doesn't have many weaknesses, but three-point defense happens to be one of them.

Bertans, 27, is averaging 15 points per game this season while shooting 42.2 percent from long range. With him out of the rotation, expect more minutes to go to Troy Brown Jr. and Isaac Bonga. Jerome Robinson could also play more in small lineups.

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