The Washington Wizards beat the Orlando Magic in overtime on Friday night, but at a serious cost. Washington lost Bradley Beal; he was helped off the court with less than 40 seconds left in overtime. Beal went down not long after he made a game-changing block that gave Washington the ability to take the lead and win the game. He had 20 points and four rebounds before he was helped off to the locker room.
John Wall put on one of his best performances in Washington’s win Friday. Wall put up a double-double with 21 points and 11 assists. Washington also had three other players with double-doubles. Trevor Ariza, Trevor Booker and Marcin Gortat all accomplished the feat as well. This was a nice performance from the Wizards. Already on a two-game losing streaking, Washington looked to be turning back to old ways, as they ended the third quarter only up by one point and the defense still in a slump.
Wall’s fourth-quarter performance is what saved Washington from another heartbreaking loss. He was able to draw a late foul on a three-point shot and on the very next possession made another three-pointer to tie the game. Wall’s deep shooting played a big part in Washington’s win. He was 4-of-6 for the night behind the arc.
Washington got a very important road win against the Magic on Friday. Losing Beal would hurt Washington greatly — hopefully he is OK. He missed nine games earlier this season due to injury and he has also been playing on restricted minutes. The Wizards are currently calling it a “sprained right ankle” and he is listed as “day-to-day.” Let’s hope for the best, Washington fans.