On Friday night, the Washington Wizards won their second straight game. They defeated the Charlotte Hornets by a score of 125-118. The Wizards came into this game looking to build off of an impressive 138-132 win over the San Antonio Spurs. As for the Hornets, they had lost two games in a row and wanted to bounce back with a road win. Here are three takeaways following tonight’s victory.
Put some respect on Bradley Beal’s name
One of the big takeaways from tonight, and for most of the Wizards season, is that Bradley Beal, once again, led the charge. He had his fifth straight game with 30 or more points, extending his career-high. Beal also accounted for 12 assists and 5 rebounds, continuing to prove to the rest of the league that he is more than just a shooter.
Beal has averages of 30.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 7.1 assists, and 1 steal, which should be enough to garner attention from around the league. While he may not continue this amazing run, he should definitely be in consideration for an All-NBA spot. When you are second in scoring to James Harden, you deserve a little more love from the association.
How about Jordan McRae?
Another one of the main takeaways is how well Jordan McRae played. On most nights, McRae would probably be on the bench in the fourth quarter. But tonight was not like any other night. Tonight, the Wizards needed their bench to come up big, and McRae did that in a big way. His corner three-pointer helped shift momentum and give Washington their first lead in the final quarter. McRae scored seven of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, providing the spark for a Wizards team that needed it most.
After winning their second straight game, the Wizards are in playoff contention?
Yes, this is one of my takeaways. But hear me out. The Wizards are three games under .500, have won two games in a row, and have a hard-working team. While everyone has been saying that this season is not about wins and losses, it could come down to that. The question is whether they can remain consistent enough to get to that point.
The Wizards are also currently half a game behind the Orlando Magic for the number eight seed in the Eastern Conference. That is remarkable considering the state of the roster less than 12 months ago. What you can take away from this game is: do you believe in miracles?