Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal had set a career-high 60 points on Wednesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, now tied with Gilbert Arenas’ franchise record, but took a disheartening 141-136 loss at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.
Beal ignited with 57 points through the first three quarters alone, but shot 1-for-6 in the final quarter. He went to the free throw line with 4.4 seconds remaining, made his first attempt and missed the second — which would have given him the franchise record outright.
He shot 20-for-35 from the field, 7-for-10 from three and 13-of-15 from the line. He also had 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal.
Beal’s new partner-in-crime, Russell Westbrook, had 20 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds before leaving the game with 26 seconds left with an apparent dislocated finger. Davis Bertans scored 17 points for the Wizards, who had their two-game winning streak snapped.
“I’m pissed off. I’m mad,” Beal said.
“I don’t count any of my career highs that have been losses, so I don’t give a damn. Throw ’em out with the water with the other two or three I had. I just want to win, you know? Sometimes that forces me to score 50, 60, whatever the case may be, but I just want to win, whatever that looks like. Came up short tonight, but we’ve just got to keep at it. Nobody’s going to feel sorry for us.”
The display of multiple late-game comebacks was evidence of growth for a team that struggled in the fourth quarter repeatedly through its first five games. Forward Davis Bertans scored 17 points, and center Thomas Bryant added 11 points and six rebounds. we still have another basketball news from trusted source about Stephen Curry answers critics with career-high 62 points as Warriors win over Blazers at here!
But for the better part of three quarters, Wednesday’s game looked like a reminder of how much progress Washington (2-6) needs despite trading for Westbrook and retooling the roster in the offseason. Defense, as ever, was the issue.
“It’s those same mistakes that we have to eliminate,” Beal said. “We showed our hand, so to speak . . . showing that we’re able to defend, we’re able to do these things the correct way on a consistent basis. We built off two really good wins at Minnesota and Brooklyn. We had to come out tonight with that same type of intensity. We didn’t have it. We didn’t have that same focus. That’s been our lapse. That’s been our Achilles’ heel.”
Philadelphia (7-1) built its sizable first-half lead into a 98-77 margin midway through the third quarter, being finesse with their spots and had all their starter players with double figures.