When John Wall suffered a knee injury a week and a half ago, Bradley Beal knew that the Washington Wizards would need more of him to fill the void. However, he has had trouble providing it, throwing only 35.6 percent from the field and 30.4 percent from 3-pointers in five wallless games before Tuesday's pairing with the Portland Trail Blazers, a game that marked the back of a back-back after the Wizards were destroyed in Utah on Monday in a disastrous start to a five-game trip.
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"I've been like … I'm getting into my own head," Beal told Dennis Scott of NBA TV after the game. "I was trying to be a point guard, trying to do everything, and trying to push myself a little bit more than just playing my game, buddy, and I just got out and did that tonight."
Yes. If he did.
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There's something about the first week of December for the Wiz, I guess :
It was also enough for a 106-92 victory, which helped the Wizards out of their mouths the bad taste of their beating in Salt Lake City and return to the right side of the book to improve to 13-11 in the season.
The Wizards took control with a dominant second quarter, cracking down on a stalled Portland offense that only managed 15 points on 4 of 15 shots in the frame and taking a 51-37 lead. in the locker room in the middle. After finishing 19th in two quarters, Beal left for the third quarter believing that the responsibility of keeping Washington's advantage intact fell on his shoulders. The right one, in particular.
"I think he knew at halftime that he had to take the team, for sure," Beal told Scott.
So he did, cut the rim for a tray and tied a pair of jumpers outside the center Marcin Gortat to accumulate seven rapids in the first 130 seconds of the third and inflate Washington's lead to 23. After a run of The Blazers midway through the quarter driven by Damian Lillard, Jusuf Nurkic and Al-Farouq Aminu got Portland back to 10, Beal replied, scoring 12 points in the last 3 1/2 minutes of the third to help keep Damian Lillard at bay and keep a 79-66 lead for the Wizards in the fourth quarter.  Every time the Blazers began to threaten, Beal was there with an answer. He orchestrated switches, and then cooked the Portland greats – Nurkic, Aminu, Noah Vonleh and rookie Zach Collins, all had a taste – off the bounce with flickering movements, rapid bursts of paint and lethal steps. He worked around murderous screens of Gortat and Markieff Morris to leave defenders like C.J. McCollum and Evan Turner chasing and clinging to the ghosts:
He received a flurry of steam and aimed the ball at Pat Connaughton's throat; Even when the former Notre Dame standout went step by step all the way and ended with a strong contest, Beal still splashed his eye. He snuggled the drip transfers, placing the defenders on his hip in the jail and freezing the big drop before uncorking the soft floats. When the Blazers reduced the deficit to nine with a triple Aminu with 1:28 to play, Beal was there to close the door with a 25-foot bomb, his fifth 3 at night, to push the lead back to 12 with 1:08 to go.
Forty seconds later, I would have more than half a hundred:
Sure, you could call it that if you wanted to. But A) would have gotten 50 of his possessions sooner if Kelly Oubre would have had enough consideration to leave the rock in a counterattack with only one defender behind, and B) will you really bother my man? Deuce after doing all that work to carry the Wizards' offense on a night when the other four Washington starters combined to score 21 points on 30 shots?
Beal had help in the form of the second unit of Washington. Oubre scored 14 points in 6 attempts of 9 shots with five steals. Mike Scott was a perfect 5-for-5 for 10 points and seven boards in 16 minutes. Tomas Satoransky stepped in behind substitute point guard Tim Frazier with seven points, four rebounds and three assists without loss of the ball. Together, that was enough to move the Wiz to a Blazers team that had Lillard (30 points, nine assists, eight rebounds), Aminu (17 points, six boards) and little else to lean on in a disappointing effort.
Wizards knew all about those who came from Monday's abomination in Salt Lake City. Now you can leave everything behind, thanks to Beal's historic night.
"I have not played well in the last five or six games," Beal told Scott on NBA TV during his postgame interview. "My teammates do a great job to keep my head up, keep my spirits up and [helping me] remain the elite player I want to be.We needed this one.The last game was embarrassing, for me, for everyone. We owe it to ourselves to be better tonight, and we came out with the right approach and we got a great victory along the way. "
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