John Wall dished out a career-high 20 assists and Bradley Beal scored 24 points to guide the Wizards past the Bulls, 112-107. The Wizards fed off a 59-40 lead at the half and didn't miss a free throw in the fourth quarter to pull out the win.
Let's dive into some takeaways from the Wizards' 21st win in the their last 25 home games.
Wall's career night
Going into the final seconds of the first half, John Wall had a line of zero points and 12 assists. Wall would end up hitting a tough 3-pointer as the half expired. He scored 11 points in the second half and dished out eight more assists, setting his career-high with 20 assists on a beautiful feed to Marcin Gortat for an alley-oop layup. Wall, who had tied his previous career-high of 19 assists multiple times this season, finally got to 20 in a game with a near-perfect point guard performance on the night.
Smith delivers in spot start for Morris
Markieff Morris (illness) was inactive on Friday night. Head coach Scott Brooks gave Jason Smith the start in Morris' place, Smith's first start of the season. Smith did not disappoint, scoring 15 of his 17 points in the first half and also grabbing seven rebounds (three offensive). He provided energy on both ends of the floor and played 37-plus minutes to fill in for Morris.
Bench steps up on both ends
Ian Mahinmi scored a season-high 16 points on 8/11 shooting in 20 minutes of action. He dominated the paint on offense and fed off of Brandon Jennings' eight assists, Jennings' most as a Wizard. Bojan Bogdanovic scored his typical double-digits off the bench with 12 points, continuing to be a model of consistency off the bench. Kelly Oubre Jr. really stepped up on defense. After not playing last game against the Mavericks, Oubre (4p-4r-2a) played 14 minutes, with a monster block and a big steal that led to an Otto Porter Jr. basket. His play of the night though would come on his defense against Jimmy Butler at the end of the game when Butler missed a tough 3-point attempt to try to tie the game.
Beal's fourth quarter
Bradley Beal scored nine of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, making four of his five field goal attempts. It was Beal who made some very tough shots with the Bulls surging. He would finish the night 10/18 from the field and 3/4 from beyond the arc, continuing his offensive dominance since the All-Star break.
Saturday, 3/18 at Hornets (7:00pm)
Wizards – Chris McCullough, Markieff Morris
Bulls – Cameron Payne, Dwyane Wade
Shooting %: 45.5% (46/101)
3-point %: 38.5% (10/26)
FT %: 83.3% (10/12)
Rebounds: 41 (14 OREB)
Shooting %: 50.0% (44/88)
3-point %: 25.9% (7/27)
FT %: 66.7% (12/18)
Rebounds: 52 (15 OREB)