Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) drives around Wizards forward Bobby Portis (5) with Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (33) pursuing all through the first 50 percent of an NBA basketball sport, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in New York. (AP Image/Kathy Willens)
NEW YORK (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 31 points, Trevor Ariza had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards beat the Brooklyn Nets 125-116 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Reserve Thomas Bryant had 18 points and Bobby Portis finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Wizards, who led by as numerous as 28 points. Washington had misplaced 4 straight and nine out of 12.
D’Angelo Russell scored 28 points for the Nets, who had their two-sport winning streak snapped.
Washington seemed like a team on its way to another reduction after Brooklyn jumped out to a 10- lead on Joe Harris’ 3-pointer before Wizards coach Scott Brooks known as a timeout with 9:39 to perform in the opening quarter.
Washington regrouped and outscored the Nets 34-18 the rest of the time period as Beal scored 13 points.
The Wizards then took a 68-60 lead heading into halftime after recording 23 helps on their 26 field plans.
The Wizards then set the sport out of attain halfway by means of the 3rd quarter all through a 5-minute stretch in which the Nets turned the ball over six situations and skipped 4 shots.
Beal scored 4 straight points to open up the second 50 percent for a 72-60 lead. Ariza later on had 11 points in a 17-3 operate as Washington extended its lead to 89-65 with 5:55 still left in the time period on a pair of totally free throws from Jeff Inexperienced.
A jumper by Jared Dudley ended Brooklyn’s scoreless drought with 5:35 remaining in the quarter.
Wizards: C Dwight Howard (back again surgical procedures) joined the team for its quick two-sport road vacation. He did some agility drills prior to the sport. Brooks mentioned he was doubtful when Howard will return.
Nets: G Allen Crabbe’s first 3-pointer of the night was his 287th as a member of the Nets, relocating him previous Richard Jefferson into sole possession of 10th place in franchise historical past. Crabbe has produced 288 three’s as a Net considering the fact that coming over past year.
REINFORCEMENT IS ON THE WAY
Spencer Dinwiddie, who has skipped his past 13 video games owing to torn ligaments in his proper thumb, is shut to returning for the Nets.
Dinwiddie participated in a pregame exercise and Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson is mindful the combo guard’s return to the lineup could balance an offense that has relied extra normally on the 3-issue shot in its place of driving in the lane.
The Nets shot 19-for-50 from extended distance in Monday night’s (Tuesday, PHL time) gain over San Antonio.
“I’ll say this, he is very shut to returning. Incredibly shut,” Atkinson mentioned. “I’ll depart it at that. Incredibly shut. He’s been carrying out a good deal on the courtroom. I assume he’s shut to currently being prepared.”
GET Perfectly Soon, MR. BASKETBALL
Atkinson considers New York Metropolis playground legend “Pearl” Washington as most likely the best large faculty basketball player in the town. But he also recalls the handful of situations he matched up in opposition to Nets excellent Kenny Anderson, who is recovering from a stroke he experienced Saturday night.
Atkinson was on the 13th-seeded University of Richmond team that stunned Anderson’s fifth-seeded Georgia Tech team in the second round of the 1988 NCAA Tournament.
“Amazing, outstanding player. Amazing large faculty player. Amazing faculty player,” Atkinson mentioned of the 48-12 months-old Anderson.
“He had a sixth feeling, like that town feeling that men like me failed to have,” Atkinson mentioned. “Amazing instincts to steal the ball, to see the courtroom, quick as Tiny Archibald. I liked that. I was a enormous Kenny Anderson fan and I know what a excellent player he was.”
Wizards: Take a look at the Boston Celtics on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Nets: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).