Bradley Beal scored 29 points on 10/15 shooting propelling the Wizards to a 100-82 win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night at Verizon Center.
Beal scored all of his points in the first three quarters, leaving some to wonder how many he could have finished with had he played the entire game. But, this is "only preseason" and the coaching staff has more to figure out than thinking about how many points Beal will score.
After an off-season where he worked on his all-around game, Beal showed this kind of scoring ability in practices and training camp, and now was able to translate that hard work to the playing court. Everyone was on notice.
Head Coach Randy Wittman:
"He maintained his aggression. Just made shots, took it to the basket, one-two dribble pull up, open threes, he had the gamut of shots, and he was smart on which ones. When he had an opening to get to the rim, he got to the rim. They're a very good team; you don't get to the rim very often against them. And when he knew he couldn’t get to the rim, it was a one-two pull up before they could recover to him. Those are the things he's been working on, it’s good to see those things pay off. I think by far he's been our most consistent player."
John Wall on Beal:
"The main thing with him is he is just being more aggressive. He knows where his spots are. He’s definitely taking the ball off the dribble. He's taking shots from deep and also driving to the basket."
LeBron James on Beal:
"He's a good player. He can use his shot to get inside the paint. He makes some great shots. He’s a good player, I like him."
While Beal was the star of the night, the entire Wizards team played their best game of the preseason, finishing with 26 assists as they had the ball zipping around the perimeter. The team made 11 three-pointers and shot 47% from the field.
Al Harrington, who was questionable to play with a groin injury, scored 14 points in just 17 minutes of action. He was hitting from the perimeter and scoring inside, showing just what kind of versatility he brings to the squad.
John Wall and Trevor Ariza filled the stat sheets, Wall finishing with 13 points, eight assists, and five steals while Ariza finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
The game was tight for much of the first half, but the Wizards opened the game up in the third quarter, winning the frame 32-16. They answered the bell every time the Heat attempted a run and showed a lot of grit and maturity playing the defending champs. It was "only preseason" but the Wizards showed what kind of team they are capable of being in 2013-14.
Eric Maynor missed the game with a sore achilles, he's expected to be back on Thursday vs. the Knicks. Nene, who missed the game for personal reasons, is also expected to rejoin the team for the Baltimore Classic on Thursday.
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