Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
Salt Lake City, UT–
Bradley Beal talked about scoring big in the past few games and saying it has no meaning at all if it didn’t amount to a victory. Add another one of those games to the list where Beal not only throws up whopping numbers in a game, but its the same results.. another loss.
The game was more than under control when Washington led 60-58 at halftime behind Beal’s 23 first-half points. The second half continued with Beal getting the open looks he needed, but ultimately it was a some huge missed shots by Davis Bertans that made the difference in the final box.
“Brad is one of the best players in the league. He’s right there, top 10 players in the league. He does it every night,” Washington coach Scott Brooks said.
“Brad’s a playmaker, he’s not just a scorer. If he wanted to score 35 every night, I’m sure he can. He wants to make the right plays, like he did that last game with the right pass and tonight he did that same,” Brooks said.
Utah had another strong effort from Donovan Mitchell who at times went back and forth with Beal basket for basket, but unlike Beal, he had some help late when it mattered and was able to get a few shots off in the final five minutes that helped the lead balloon to 10 points.
Mitchell ended the game for the Jazz with 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists.
Next stop for the Wizards is to the Bay Area for a match-up against Golden State.