HOUSTON – Bradley Beal had his minute restriction raised from 34 minutes to 36 minutes before the Wizards took on the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night and he responded to the slight increase by having the best game of his career.
Beal scored a career-high 37 points in the Wizards’ 92-89 loss and was playing so well that Coach Randy Wittman gave him an extra minute to let Beal finish out the game. afterward, Beal said he would’ve been upset “forever” if he had been pulled from a game in which he made 15 field goals and shot 5 of 7 from three-point range.
“It’s still something I have to deal with and I’m glad they’re gradually moving up,” Beal said. “I was just staying aggressive. And I think the last couple of games, I was too worried about my defender instead of my shot and this game.”
In his past two games, Beal has made a combined nine three-pointers and appears to be gearing up for the three-point shootout. But he has one more game before the all-star break and the Wizards (25-26) will to reach .500 once again on Wednesday against the Houston Rockets.
The Rockets defeated the Wizards, 114-107, when the game was delayed twice because of a leaky roof. Washington overcame a 25-point deficit in the game and took a brief lead but couldn’t hold on. James Harden scored seven straight points and finished with 25 points to lead Houston to the win. Harden has scored at least 25 points in his past three games against the Wizards. Dwight Howard also had 23 points in the win.
“Awesome team,” Beal said. “We’ve got a tough back to back. We’ve got to come in ready to go from the jump.”
The Wizards have lost four straight at Toyota Center. Jeremy Lin will get the start at point guard for the Rockets as regular starter Patrick Beverly will be forced to sit with an abdominal strain. Martell Webster will play for the Wizards despite suffering a sprained left ankle in Tuesday’s 92-89 loss in Memphis.
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