The second game of a back to back is often the toughest game to win. Especially when you’re an East Coast team in the midst of a 4 game West Coast trip.
Against Denver on Tuesday night, the Wizards struggled to find the mark offensively. But against Phoenix, that was not the case.
The starting unit for both teams played at a similar level of pace and production. But once the Wizards called upon their second unit midway through the first quarter, the offense began to take off.
Davis Bertans entered the game and immediately made an impact with three consecutive three pointers to close out the first quarter. Jordan McRae also contributed with a couple three pointers of his own.
Washington’s second unit continued their excellent play in the second quarter, resulting in 43 first half bench points.
The Wizards offense continued to be proficient in the third quarter, but it was their defense that allowed them to build a 20 point lead. Washington was able to get multiple stops, which led to good looks on the offensive end.
But basketball is a game of runs, and the Suns went on a huge run in the fourth quarter to get back within striking distance.
However, the Wizards were able to make timely baskets to keep the Suns from cutting into the lead any further.
Bradley Beal led all scorers with 35 points on an efficient 11 for 18 shooting.
Thomas Bryant also had an efficient offensive game, scoring 23 points on 9 for 11 shooting to go along with 9 rebounds.
As mentioned earlier, Washington received great contribution from their second unit. Ish Smith scored 21 points and dished out 7 assists. Davis Bertans scored 16 points and knocked down 4 three pointers.
Jordan McRae has scored 10 or more points in the three games leading up to Wednesday night’s game against Phoenix. McRae scored 11 points, extending his streak to 4 games in which he has scored 10 or more points.
With Wednesday night’s win, the Wizards are 6-10 on the season. Washington will be back in action on Friday night as they get set to take on the Los Angeles Lakers.