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Wizards blitzed by Zach LaVine and the Bulls as they drop second straight

Wizards blitzed by Zach LaVine and the Bulls as they drop second straight

For the second straight game, the Wizards were buried by a crippling second-half run by their opposition. 

After getting out to a four-point lead early in the fourth quarter thanks to a three-point bonanza from Davis Bertans, the Wizards gave up a 22-6 run to the Zach LaVine's Bulls and were never able to recover from it. 

Here are some of the top moments from the game before the Wizards travel to Toronto to take on the Raptors Friday. 

Streamer storm

During halftime, the United Center staff decided to release a ton of streamers into the crowd. Some teams opt for confetti after a win or throw t-shirts into the crowd during stoppages, so I guess someone working for the Bulls thought halftime streamers were a good idea. 

It went as well as you'd expect. 

The Bulls got out to an 11-point lead right after the half, so you could at least say the streamers brought them good fortune.

Well, good fortune for everyone except the guy in the video cleaning everything up and the person who has to go up and get the streamers down that got stuck on the jumbotron. 

Bertans torches the nets once again

Davis Bertans had played well in his first two games back from a quad injury, but entering Wednesday night he hadn't yet put on a three-point frenzy to energize the entire Wizards sideline. 

Then during the fourth quarter when Washington needed a boost, Bertans nailed three-straight triples to put his team up four points early in the fourth. 

It wasn't enough in the end as the Bulls simply made more plays and hit their open looks down the stretch. Though as Bertans regains his feel on the floor after missing nine games, opposing defenses will have to remember how dangerous he can be from deep. 

Beal finds Payton at the buzzer

Shocking upsets of the Heat, Celtics and Nuggets are nice, but nothing compares to seeing Bradley Beal on the floor leading the Wizards offense. 

And at the end of an extremely productive first half for the soon-to-be three-time All-Star, Beal made a great play finding Gary Payton II right before the buzzer. 

When Beal pulled out a nasty step-back with less than three seconds left, you had to feel like he was shooting a contested jumper. But to have the presence of mind to know exactly how much time is left and to notice a teammate cutting backdoor?

These are the types of plays only players of Beal's caliber make on a night-to-night basis. 

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Report: Steph Curry will return from hand surgery against Wizards

Report: Steph Curry will return from hand surgery against Wizards

Steph Curry will return to game action when the Golden State Warriors host the Wizards on Sunday night, The Athletic reported Tuesday. The game will come almost four months to the day after Curry broke his left hand during a collision with Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes on Oct. 30.

The Warriors (12-14) enter play Tuesday with the worst record in the NBA having played most of the season without Curry or shooting guard Klay Thompson, who tore his ACL during the NBA Finals last summer.

Curry was cleared for contact Saturday and told reporters that March 1 had been his target date for a while.

"It's always been March 1," Curry said, per ESPN's Nick Friedell. "But that for me mostly is just to give you a target. You have to have something to work towards in the rehab process because that gives you a barometer for each week, what you're building towards."

The Wizards are hoping for the healthy returns of Davis Bertans (sore right knee) and Thomas Bryant (right foot) to the lineup against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday and will presumably go into Sunday’s contest with a clean injury report outside John Wall.

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Wizards vs. Nets: time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Wizards vs. Nets: time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

The Wizards enter Wednesday's matchup with the Nets having lost three straight games since the All-Star break, but not all losses are created equal.

First, they fell at home to the struggling Cavaliers, followed by a road loss to the also-struggling Bulls. Then, they took the Bucks, the best team in basketball, to overtime in a thrilling 137-134 loss Monday night.

The real story, though, is the recent play of Bradley Beal. The Wizards' star has scored at least 25 points in 15 straight games, the second-longest streak in team history. 

More importantly, he dropped 53 and 55 points in back-to-back nights Sunday and Monday. He's the first NBA player to reach 50 points in back-to-back losses in more than 50 years, and he has the most combined points in back-to-back games in franchise history.

The biggest question Wednesday night will be what he has in store for a follow up. Here is everything you need to know.

WIZARDS vs. NETS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Brooklyn Nets

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C.

When: Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Nets will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Nets on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the MyTeams App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. NETS TV SCHEDULE

6:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders

6:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live

7:00 PM: Wizards vs. Nets

9:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live

10:00 PM: DC Sports Live

10:30 PM: Wizards Talk

WIZARDS vs. NETS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Bradley Beal, Wizards (30.1 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 6.0 APG): Beal has scored 53 and 55 points in his last two games, the first player in franchise history to score at least 50 in back-to-back nights. What will he do for an encore?

Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets (20.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 6.7 APG):  With Kyrie Irving out for the season, Dinwiddie is the Nets' leading scorer and assist man. He will be charged with going toe-to-toe with the scorching hot Beal.

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