The Wizards started out their west coast road trip on the right foot, beating the Suns 101-95 on Friday night at U.S. Airways Center. Bradley Beal played the role of closer, hitting the Wizards' last three field goals to seal the victory. The Wizards trailed by six at the half, but outscored the Suns by 12 in the third quarter to enter the fourth up by six, a lead which they would never give up. Trevor Ariza led all scorers with 23 points, and chipped in seven boards and four steals. John Wall had another double-double with 18 points and 12 assists. All five Wizards' scorers finished in double figures as the starters scored 90 of the Wizards' 101 points. Goran Dragic led the Suns with 19 points and 11 assists.
With 3:19 to go in the game, Bradley Beal entered the game with the Wizards up by two. Plumlee would immediately score to tie the game, but then Beal took over. Beal sealed the victory for the Wizards, hitting their last three field goals and scoring seven of their last eight points. Beal started the run with a three which put the Wizards up by three and the Suns would never tie the game again.
Player of the Game
This goes to Trevor Ariza tonight, who not only scored a game high 23 points, he also was a menace in the passing lanes all night, getting four steals. He chipped in seven boards as well.
19. The Wizards tied a season high by pulling down 19 offensive boards which led to them getting 15 more field goal attempts than the Suns.
With Martell Webster out with the flu, it meant that Otto Porter would get more minutes than he had in quite a while. Porter struggled offensively, scoring just two points on 1/6 shooting, but crashed the boards well, getting six boards including four on the offensive end in his 19 minutes.
By: Jacob Raim