Wizards continue to thrive against West’s best, snap Utah’s home winning streak at 24

“I’m starting to think, ‘Really? We haven’t even had a first quarter, ”Brooks said with a chuckle. “But you could see at our meeting this morning that he had a little more momentum in his step. You can just say it. “

Beal played 37 minutes and alongside Russell Westbrook and a group of role-playing players who made just the right contributions at the right moment, the Wizards in Salt Lake City scored a 125-121 win that brought home Jazz’s streak of 24 Wins .

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Washington (20-33) improved its record against the top five teams in the Western Conference to an unlikely 7-2.

“I didn’t know they had 24 straight wins at home until after the game,” said Beal. “That is proof of her. I was part of something like this a few years ago. We have won at home 17 times. … We played very well tonight, we were aggressively defensive and made a lot of things difficult for them. This is a team, first in three pointers tried and first in three made pointers, a lot of people shooting high 40s, 50s [percent] So from three we definitely had our hands full. I think it’s great how we accepted all challenges and made them difficult. “

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Beal led the Wizards with 34 points in 14v31 shooting, spurring them to victory despite missing a crucial pair of free throws in 12.3 seconds, putting Utah (40-14) within two points . . The guard received a great helping hand from Sharpshooter Davis Bertans, who had a modest 10 points in the third quarter but three crucial three points, giving the Wizards a 10 point lead, down to a 19 point pillow early in the fourth quarter blossomed.

“The timing,” said Brooks of Bertans’ performance, “the timing was critical.”

The gap was big enough that despite a 21-point performance from Donovan Mitchell in the fourth quarter, Jazz couldn’t finish its comeback.

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Westbrook, Beal’s backyard mate, had something to do with the fourth-quarter remaining stock too. The point guard jumper, who had 32 seconds left, brought the wizards back to a lead of six points. In addition, he scored his fifth triple double in a row and the 23rd of the season with 25 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists.

Daniel Gafford, center third string added 15 points and Robin Lopez, backup center added 10. The couple combined the best big jazz star Rudy Gobert with starter Alex Len (12 points, 12 rebounds).

“They all give us a little bit different, Gafford gives us a little bit different,” Brooks said of his three-center spin. “His minutes and efficiency were really good because he kept it simple. Gets something on the edge, catches praise, runs across the floor, denies shots. “

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Mitchell led all scorers with 42 points, and Bojan Bogdanovic added a season high of 33 as the Jazz Soldier went on without two of his top three scorers when Jordan Clarkson (ankle sprain) and Mike Conley (thigh) were out with injuries.

Beal defeated Mitchell in a clash of the Dueling Stars in a tight first half, scoring 23 points with flawless jumpers and a particularly spectacular reverse gear that escaped Gobert’s outstretched hand and helped the Wizards get a 70-65 lead into the locker room.

Washington had its lead in the second quarter when Mitchell had just two points after taking 17 points in the 7v10 shootout from the field in the first quarter. Beal took over and Isaac Bonga stood in for Rui Hachimura, who was on the bench with three fouls. Bonga was one of the few critical roleplayers who contributed incremental minutes that together made a huge difference – he and Raul Neto each had a three-pointer, and Lopez had eight points in the suit.

While Beal’s hit was not uncommon for the NBA’s top scorer, it was notable as the security guard missed Saturday’s Phoenix defeat with a backache. He also has a hip injury that resulted in him missing five games recently, despite not looking disabled at all on Monday.