Beal hits career-high 42; Wizards win
WASHINGTON — Bradley Beal scored a career-high 42 points and John Wall shook off an awful shooting night with seven key points down the stretch as the Washington Wizards beat the Phoenix Suns, 106-101, on Monday.
Beal, who scored 34 points in Saturday’s loss to Miami, had nine in the first quarter, seven in the second, 12 in the third and 14 in the fourth. He shot 14-for-22 overall and hit five of his 10 3-point attempts.
Wall, who also scored 34 on Saturday, finished with 18 this time. He shot just 6-for-24 but converted a three-point play with 1:08 remaining to give Washington a 102-101 lead. Wall added a jumper with 38.1 seconds to go and two free throws with 21.2 seconds left.
Devin Booker had 30 points and Eric Bledsoe scored 29 for Phoenix (4-11), which has lost five of six and was without forward T.J. Warren (illness) for the second straight game and center Tyson Chandler (personal reasons) for the third straight game. Booker and Bledsoe scored18 of the team’s 21 points in the fourth quarter.
The Wizards improved to 4-10. All four of their wins have come at home.
Washington’s Otto Porter Jr. left midway through the third quarter with right hip inflammation and did not return.